Death of Burnley craftsman who renovated pubs

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A respected former joiner who renovated hundreds of pubs across Burnley and the North-West has died aged 86.

Henry “Harry” Gledhill, of Brunshaw Road, ran the family business T. Gledhill and Sons Ltd for 30 years alongside his late brother Terry.

Mr Gledhill was a craftsman at the Athletic Street firm which employed 12 people and was started by his father Thomas in the 1930s.

He was well known in town transforming pubs including The Falcon, The Little White Horse and the Keirby, which was hit by fire, but he worked on hostelries throughout East Lancashire and the North-West.

Mr Gledhill was married to his late wife Alison and leaves behind sisters Joyce and Merle, children Karen, Lynne and David, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

David said: “My dad had a real eye for detail. He was a real craftsman. He learned the craft skills from his dad. He really took pride in his work.”

Mr Gledhill also worked on shops and even built some houses including four in Brunshaw Road where he lived for much of his life.

He retired from the business in 1984 and enjoyed walking, gardening and reading, especially Agatha Christie.

Karen said: “I will remember him as a kind, loving, loyal and wonderful man.”

David added: “He was a real family man and did everything for his family.”

His funeral will take place today at St Catherine’s Church in Todmorden Road at 11am.