Fascinating history of Burnley church looking to a bright future

A historic Burnley church with a fascinating history is looking to a bright future thanks to a Heritage Lottery grant.

Church members in training
Church members in training

One of Burnley's oldest churches, All Saints’ Church Habergham in Padiham Road, has been able to carry out much needed repairs to its church spire, thanks to the substantial grant.

The church is now planning to open regularly to the public and church members are currently undergoing training to equip them to receive and guide potential visitors.

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A guide and short history of the church has been written and produced by Clive Spencer and printed by Nu Age Print and Copy. It features fascinating tales from the church's history, including the church'scolourful first vicar Edward Arundel Verity, sometimes described as the "Robin Hood of Habergham".

Commentators have been unable to decide if he was a saint or a sinner, as the theft of church silver under his watch was believed to have helped feed cotton workers during the Cotton Famine of 1861-65.

Opened in 1849 the church has a rich history including links with Gawthorpe Hall whose visitors will be encouraged to follow the steps of the Shuttleworths along Habergham Drive which is also the beginning of the Bronte Way.