Towneley Hall in Burnley has been praised by Fiona Bruce, the presenter of BBC Antiques Roadshow. The popular TV presenter wrote about the hall in her newspaper column, following the acceptance of an enterprise award presented to the town by the Government. Bruce spent time at Towneley Hall when the show was filmed there in June this year.
According to Bruce, the hall – set in parkland – is “beautifully manicured”.
A Towneley family descendant, Cosima Towneley, agrees with Fiona Bruce as generations of her family lived there for over 500 years. Townely, who is a Burnley councillor, spoke of her childhood in the area, learning to ride a bike in the park and other activities. As an adult, she occasionally sets up a market stall at the hall.
Burnley Corporation took over the land in 1902, saving it from ruin. Since that time, the hall has become a resort, with an art gallery, golf courses and farmers’ markets which are a regular feature. Visitors to the park numbered 53,400 last year, which meant that it was the borough’s most popular attraction. One employee who works in Towneley Hall’s museum shop, Sarah Cunliffe spoke of the visitors who arrive from all around the world, including Germany, France and Australia.
Visitors to the hall who have an interest in antiques and collectibles are not too far from antiques dealers in Lancashire, who have a wide range of antique furniture. The reputable dealers found here have items like antique bookcases that they are happy to display for visitors.
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