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Groups either – organised or not – were a favourite with commercial photographers. They offered interest, enhanced composition and faces on cards would sell which then gave the opportunity to send it along with a ‘pick me out’ message. Children pose for the camera as the factories turn out. Elizabeth Jane (Janie) was living with her husband, child Jack, sister-in-law and widowed mum nearby. She was in her mid-20’s when she posted the card. Photographed and published by Richard Broughton Read more>>


Elizabeth Harrison, 1908. ‘Characters’ abounded in the town and Elizabeth was frequently seen in the Manchester Road area. Often given nicknames as a form of affection rather than derision hers was Lady. Postcards on sale in the shop window include Towneley and Extwistle Halls. Jimmy Gannow Top ‘Silly Jimmy’ or ‘Jimmy Gannow Top’ real name James Pilkington was captured on a carte de viste photograph but he also appeared on postcard image of Gannow. Sage of Roggerham The ‘Sage of Read more>>

Edward Hodgson (1886-1919)

Edward ‘Teddy’ Hodgson was a key member of Burnley Football Club when they won the English Cup in 1914. He joined the Army in 1916 and was to serve the rest of the war with distinction. He was in the army of occupation in Germany in 1919 but developed a kidney infection. He returned home but was to die of the infection in Whalley military hospital. Teddy is buried in Burnley Cemetery.  

Burnley Lads’ Club (1915)

The club gave working class boys the opportunity to play different sports as well as emphasising teamwork, reading and education. Members of the 1915 squad, Harry Blythe and Fred Metcalfe were killed in action, and Joe Charters and Harry Routh were wounded.

Christmas 1914

Christmas boxes were sent to those serving overseas. The contents varied but included cigarettes and tobacco. Christmas Day was also marked by a truce along part of the Western Front. It was witnessed by one local soldier, Private Pickering, who wrote: “we shook hands with the Germans and they gave us cigarettes and cigars. They wanted to play us at football but we had no ball. It made us think the war was over.”