Towneley 120 > pre 1902 

A victorian family outside townley hall with a goat. Some of them have tennis rackets, an old lady has an umbrella
Ladt O'Hagan portrait in Tudor period fancy dress
Lady O’Hagan in the pageant

Lady O’Hagan, last resident of Towneley Hall sold the Hall and immediate parkland to Burnley Corporation. The park opened in 1902 with the Hall nearly a year later.

Towneley Hall exterior, front face of the hall with pond in front

The Hall pre 1896. Negotiations for the sale of Towneley Hall dragged on over the issue of coal mining rights and the Hall is supported by coal seams running underneath.

Hanbrig Castle - entrance building with towers and castellation

Hanbrig Castle. This was built by the Towneley’s as a grand entrance to the park. Only a portion survives.

three gardeners: one stood with bowler hat and beard, one sat on alarge wheelbarrow and one mowing grasss

Gardeners, 1890s. On the left is Joseph Culshaw (1812-1904) a farm bailiff in charge of the Towneley’s herd of short horned cattle.

west wing exterior
west wing exterior
Towneley Hall

Rear of Towneley Hall’s west wing. On the right is Clytie, favourite sculpture of collector Charles Townley (sic). The area behind the photographer was the Wilderness and the water pipe immediately to the left of Clytie was installed after 1887.

The hall and gardens with many flowers in bloom

Outbuildings beyond the Hall used by the Towneley’s include the brewhouse and laundry now a local history museum. Rhododendrons were widely planted in parks, gardens and estates. The ones in Towneley have been thinned and reduced in size.

A lady sat on the lawn holding a parasol or umbrella
Smartly dressed young woman on a wooden bridge in the woods wearing a tie and holding a parasol or umbrella

Caroline Roslyng, niece of Joseph Culshaw, farm bailiff.
On her right is a tall Cedar of Lebanon tree, one of two replanted by Charles Towneley in 1803.

more modern looking houses by a road in front of large lawns
a handwritten letter referring to the Rabbit Walk right of way struggle

Rabbit Walk and Brooklands. The walk cut across the park and was the centre of a dispute between the Towneley’s and local people when the right of way was closed. The monogram JA signifies John Allen who provided some of the early collections to the museum.