VICTORIAN BURNLEY (Cont.)

The Rev. Arthur Townley Parker was incumbent at St. Peter’s from 1855 to 1901. He became the first Rector of Burnley in 1867 when St. Peter’s ceased to be a chapelry of Whalley and became a parish in its own right. He continued the work of Robert Mosley Master in establishing more new parishes in Burnley. He also promoted the legal changes that established the bishopric of Burnley.
 
This engraving shows the church before the porch was added in 1889. In 1872 the chancel had been extended in memory of General Scarlett. A vestry was built at the east end of the south aisle. Above it was the organ, moved from the west end of the church.

These photographs below show the interior of the church in c.1900.

 
Victoria Hospital .

The hospital was opened in 1886 by Prince Albert Victor. It cost £21,578 and was paid for by public subscription.

 
A Burnley Weaving Shed.

By the end of the 19th century Burnley could claim to be the cotton-weaving capital of the world, with more looms than any other place. Coal-mining and textile engineering were also very important in the town.

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