Why Burnley is nothing like the “worst place to live in the UK”

Four Lancashire towns have been named in the dreaded list of ‘worst places to live in the UK’.

The list is published annually by iLiveHereUK and is made up of thousands of votes.

In Lancashire, Burnley, Blackpool, Blackburn and Accrington had the worst 50.

READ MORE: Four Lancashire towns voted ‘worst places to live in UK’

None of them came close to first place or even the top 10, with Blackpool ranked the worst in Lancashire at 15th.

Burnley came in 38th.

But here at LancsLive, we don’t think this list tells you anything about what the city has to offer – or mentions its rich history.

With that in mind, here are some of the reasons Burnley is by no means one of the worst places in the country to live:

Burnley FC

Burnley’s Chris Wood celebrates his goal against Brentford

Football is at the heart of what Burnley is to a lot of people.

Since 2009, Burnley has had several stints in the top flight of English football after being first promoted to the Premier League 12 years ago.

In recent years, the club has hosted European football in the city through the Europa League; a feat never achieved for half a century. In 2020, The Clarets held an 84% stake bought for £ 170million by US firm ALK Capital.

But it’s not Premier League football or the massive investments that make Burnley the club he is; the community is part of it and leads it to where it still is today.

Ringing and singing tree

Singing Rain Tree Credit: Flikr
Singing Rain Tree Credit: Flikr

The unusual sculpture looks at Burnley, resembling a tree made of metal pipes.

When the wind blows, it plays choral sounds over several octaves in a harmonious pattern.

In 2007, the sculpture won the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) National Award for Architectural Excellence.

In March 2017, a second Singing Ringing Tree was installed on the outskirts of Austin, Texas, USA, in the rural area of ​​a small town called Manor.

Gawthorpe room

Gawthorpe Hall is a pretty grandiose destination
Gawthorpe Hall is a pretty grandiose destination

Located slightly northwest of Burnley in Ightenhill, it has been a Grade I listed building since 1953.

Its origins were as a pele tower – a small fortified keep – in the 14th century as a defense against the invading forces of Scotland.

The hall is now funded and managed by the National Trust in partnership with Lancashire County Council.

Weavers triangle

Weavers Triangle Visitor Center
Weavers Triangle Visitor Center

Home to a cluster of 19th century industrial buildings, this western end of Burnley town center is dotted around the Leeds and Liverpool canals.

The area was home to historic cotton mills and played an important role in the development of the town and the UK weaving industry.

In 1977, the Burnley Industrial Museum Action Committee was formed to work towards preserving the city’s heritage. The Weavers’ Triangle Toll House Museum was established in July 1980.

Towneley Hall

Historic Towneley Hall in Burnley.
Historic Towneley Hall in Burnley.

Burnley’s crown jewel for many residents and visitors.

The Grade I listed building housed the Towneley family for around half a millennium, who first called it home around 1200.

The hall not only contains 15th-century Whalley Abbey clothing, but also has its own chapel – with an intricately carved altarpiece made in Antwerp around 1525.

The male line of the Towneley family died out in 1878. Then, in 1901, one of the remaining daughters, Lady O’Hagan, sold the house and 62 acres.

It is now owned by Burnley Borough Council and has received millions of funds to restore this magnificent monument.

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