Thomas Whitham Sixth Form, which forms a sixth element of the BSF programme, offers sixth form provision at its Burnley campus (opened 2008) on Barden Lane.

The majority of its Asian residents living in the neighbouring Daneshouse and Stoneyholme districts. In total, the size of its Asian community is much smaller than those in nearby towns such as Blackburn and Oldham.

Due to its hilly terrain and mining history, rural areas of modern Burnley encroach on the urban ones to within a mile of the town centre on the south, north west and north east.

The borough completed the move to comprehensive education in 1981.[118]

Burnley was incorporated as a municipal borough in 1861, and became, under the Local Government Act 1888, a county borough outside the administrative county of Lancashire. Under the Local Government Act 1972 Burnley's county borough status was abolished, and it was incorporated with neighbouring areas into the non-metropolitan district of Burnley.

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Burnley is also home to Burnley Rugby Club (formerly Calder Vale Rugby Club 1926–2001). They field three senior sides, with teams at most junior age groups, and play at Holden Road, the site of Belvedere and Calder Vale Sports Club.

The town lies in a natural three-forked valley at the confluence of the River Brun and the River Calder, surrounded by open fields, with wild moorland at higher altitudes. To the west of Burnley lie the towns of Padiham, Accrington and Blackburn, with Nelson and Colne to the north. The centre of the town stands at approximately 387 feet (118 m) above sea level and 30 miles (48 km) east of the Irish Sea coast.

Home shopping firm Shop Direct announced in January 2010 that it was to close its Burnley call centre with the loss of 450 jobs.[56] The company, which owns Littlewoods, Additions Direct, Very, Empire Stores and Marshall Ward, had been in the town for over 30 years, originally as Great Universal Stores but now known as GUS plc.

For the Championship match against Stoke City on 24 November 2007, Burnley wore a commemorative 125th anniversary shirt based on their first kit; blue and white stripes with black trim/shorts and white socks.

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The arrival of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in 1796 made possible transportation of goods in bulk, bringing a huge boost to the town's economy. Dozens of new mills were constructed, along with many foundries and ironworks that supplied the cotton mills and coal mines with machinery and cast and wrought iron for construction. The town became renowned for its mill-engines, and the Burnley Loom was recognised as one of the best in the world.

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Local radio for Burnley and its surrounding area is currently provided by 2BR and BBC Radio Lancashire.

Burnley (/ˈbɜːrnli/) is a market town in Lancashire, England, with a population of 73.021. It is 21 miles (34 km) north of Manchester and 20 miles (32 km) east of Preston, at the confluence of the River Calder and River Brun.

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The 19th-century author and clergyman Silas Hocking[135] wrote his most famous work, Her Benny (1879), while living in Burnley. Crime writer Stephen Booth is another native of the town,[136] as is journalist and broadcaster Tony Livesey.

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On 25 November 2009, chairman Barry Kilby stated that at the end of the season, the club would look back into the proposed re-development of the Cricket Field stand.[32]

There is a total of 191 Listed buildings in Burnley – one Grade I (Towneley Hall), two Grade II* (St Peter's Church and Burnley Mechanics) and 188 Grade II.[17]

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Burnley Football Club (/ˈbɜːrnli/) is a professional association football club based in Burnley, Lancashire. The team will play in the Premier League, the highest level of English football in the 2016–17 season after winning the England's second tier league in the 2015–16 season in the Football League Championship. Nicknamed The Clarets, due to the dominant colour of their home shirts, they were one of the founder members of the Football League in 1888.[1]

There are two local newspapers: the Burnley Express, published on Tuesdays and Fridays, and the daily Lancashire Telegraph, which publishes a local edition for Burnley and Pendle. Two free advertisement-supported newspapers, The Citizen[111] and The Reporter, are posted to homes throughout the town.

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The Singing Ringing Tree is a wind powered sound sculpture resembling a tree, set in the landscape of the Pennines, 2 miles (3.2 km) south of Burnley town centre.

Further education: Habergham and St Theodores Sixth Forms and Burnley College (all mixed).

Curzon Street in Burnley was also the site of the legendary Angels nightclub.

James Yorke Scarlett, commander of the Heavy Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava, was married to a Hargreaves coal heiress and lived at Bank Hall. 2nd Lieutenant Hugh Colvin VC and Private Thomas Whitham VC both served during World War I.


The Pennine Way passes six miles (10 km) east of Burnley; the Mary Towneley Loop, part of the Pennine Bridleway, the Brontë Way and the Burnley Way offer riders and walkers clearly signed routes through the countryside immediately surrounding the town.

The Woodland Spa at Crow Wood Leisure has been voted the best in Britain – just one year after opening. Set within 100 acres of stunning Pennine Lancashire countryside with its undulating landscape, ancient woodland and lush pasture, there is a true sense of intimacy and calm surrounding the beautiful Woodland Spa at Crow Wood.

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Major bars and nightclubs in Burnley include BB11, Barcode, Fusion, Koko's, the Mix, Pharaoh's, Posh, Rewind, Smackwater Jack's Bar, Inside-Out and Sanctuary Rock Bar. There are also chain-owned bars, such as Wetherspoons and Walkabout. Lava & Ignite, which was a leading nightclub, closed in 2014.[104]

Tony Blair's former Director of Communications, Alastair Campbell, is a lifelong supporter of Burnley.[41] He is regularly involved in events with the club.[42]

The Burnley Electric Lighting Order was granted in 1890, giving Burnley Corporation (which already controlled the supply of water and the making and sale of gas) a monopoly in the generation and sale of electricity in the town. The building of the coal-powered Electricity Works, in Grimshaw Street, began in 1891, close to the canal (the site of the modern-day Tesco supermarket) and the first supply was achieved on 22 August 1893, initially generating electricity for street lighting.[14]

The name Burnley is believed to have been derived from Brun Lea, meaning "meadow by the River Brun".[3] Various other spellings have been used: Bronley (1241), Brunley (1251) and commonly Brumleye (1294)[4]

Burnley were listed 2nd out of a list of 92 respective Football League clubs with the most rivals, with Blackburn Rovers, Halifax Town and Stockport County considering Burnley their main rival and Preston North End, Rochdale and Blackpool considering them their second main rival.[34] Burnley consider their biggest rivalry to be with Blackburn.[citation needed] Games between them are known as the 'East Lancashire Derby'.

Sportmen (non-footballers): James Anderson (cricketer), Ian Austin (cricketer), Stuart Fielden, Craig Heap, Neil Hodgson.

Burnley has a temperate maritime climate, with relatively cool summers and mild winters. There is regular but generally light precipitation throughout the year, contributing to a relatively high humidity level. While snowfall occasionally occurs during the winter months, the temperature is rarely low enough for it to build up on the ground in any quantity. The town is believed to be the first place in the UK where regular rainfall measurements were taken (by Richard Towneley, beginning in 1677).

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Keith Coventry, the winner of the 2010 John Moores Painting Prize, was born and educated in the town. The watercolourist Noel Leaver studied and later taught at the former Burnley School of Art.