Admission is free: Donations Are Welcome
Towneley Hall was the home of the Towneley family from the 14th Century until 1902. Charles (1737 - 1805) was one of the 18th Century's best known collectors of antique sculpture and gems and his famous portrait by Lohan Zoffany takes pride of place in the art gallery. Today visitors to Towneley Hall can still catch a glimpse of how the family lived.
Towneley Hall offers the perfect day out for all the family - a country house, a museum and an art gallery all in one. This is one good reason for a visit to Burnley.
Towneley Hall's Great Hall. This is the view that greets you on entering the hall.
Original period rooms include the Elizabethan long gallery and the Regency rooms. See how they compare with life below stairs in the Victorian kitchen and the servants' dining room.
lf you're looking for the museum's collections, you'll find them all around you - glass. ceramics and 17th Century Lancashire oak furniture. Pictures by many favourite Victorian artists can be seen in the recently refurbished art galleries. including works by Sir Edward Coley Burne-lones. John William Waterhouse and Sir Edwin Landseer.
Towneley Hall's Dining Room. This is a delightfully warm and cozy room. I would imagine some fascinating stories have been told in this room.
It is rumored that the Hall is haunted by a spirit whose visits were limited to once every seven years, when its thirst for vengeance had to be satisfied by the untimely death of one of the Hall residents. Legend says that Sir John Towneley (1473 -1541) was said to have offended and injured the poor of the district by enclosing some of the areas Common Lands, making it part of his estate. As a punishment, his soul is said to wander about the Hall, crying out: "Be warned ! Lay out ! Be warned! Lay out! Around Hore-Law and Hollin-Hey Clough, To her children give back the widows cot For you and yours theres still enough." This Boggart is the famed Towneley.
Towneley Hall's Great Kitchen - you can feel the atmosphere and nearly smell the delicious game dishes.
Towneley Hall and Park were purchased by the Corporation on June 24th, 1899, for the princely sum of £17,5OO. The purchase included the Hall and 61 acres of adjoining land. It was formally opened as a Public Park on June 28th, 1902. The Hall was refurbished and fitted out as an Art Gallery and Museum. The first exhibition began on May 20th, 1903 and was opened by the Earl of Rosebery K.G., K.T.