St Mary's Photo Album


While some of the photos are self-explanetory, for many we have no descriptions other than the file names. Each photo has been captioned by its file name and therefore almost all of them are in alphabetical order.


If you recognise any of the faces in these photos, or can give us further details of any events or groups pictured here we'd love to hear from you!


With thanks to Lawrence Gregory for supplying these photos


Original High Altar 1



Altar 1

High Altar 2

Altar 3

 High Altar 3

Burnley0003 Interior of Saint Marys 1

 Interior 2

 Interior of Saint Marys 2

 Altar Boys 1 960

 Altar Boys 1 

Altar Boys 960 Altar Boys: 2

One altar boy in this photo has been identified by his son Raymond as Frederick Aloysius Pickles, front row, 3rd from the left.

He was born in 1900 and looks about 7 so the photo must have been taken about 1907.

Bishop Casartelli

 Bishop Casartelli, Bishop of Salford 1903 - 1925

Blessed Sac Procession 1932

 Blessed Sacrament Procession 1932

Boys Brigade 960

Could this possibly be  Saint Mary's Boys Brigade pre 1914?

BpHollandAtBurnley 960

Bishop Holland, Bishop of Salford 1964 - 1983 

Canon Morriseys Funeral 1903

 Canon Morrisey's Funeral 1903 1

Canon Morriseys Funeral 1903a

 Canon Morrisey's Funeral 1903 2

 CBB Burnley July 1914 960

Monsignor Tynan and a Saint Mary's football team July 1914

Centenary 1949 960

Centenary 1949. The then parish priest Canon Ingram is 4th from the left on the front row and Fr Heaton, the senior curate is the first on the left on the extreme back row.

Children of Mary 960

 Children of Mary

Class Photo 960

 Class Photo

Clergy Group 960

 Clergy Group

Consecration Henshaw

 Consecration in 1929 by Bishop Henshaw, Bishop of Salford 1925 - 1938.



Exterior 1

Exterior of St Mary's 1

Exterior 2

Exterior of St Mary's 2

Exterior 3

 Exterior of St Mary's 3

First Communion 960

 First Communion

1930 First Mass of Fr V Farrel 960

 1930 First Mass of Fr V Farrell

Frederick Aloysius Pickles, the father of one of our current parishioners, Raymond Pickles, is featured on this photo;

he is the 3rd from the left on the back row, aged 30.

Fr Farrell is on the front row and is the Priest next but one on Monsignor Tynan's left

Raymond writes, "I was born in 1930 and, according to family tradition, was the first baby baptized by the newly ordained Fr. Farrell,

who was a close friend of my father's. They were both telegraph boys until Fr. Vincent went off to the seminary.

Apparently, he presented me on the high altar after the baptism. Luckily for me he didn't drop me!"

Golden Jubilee 1899

 Golden Jubilee of Saint Mary's 1899 1

Golden Jubilee 1899a

Golden Jubilee of Saint Mary's 1899 2

Golden Jubilee 1899b

Golden Jubilee of Saint Mary's 1899 3

Golden Jubilee 1899c

Golden Jubilee of Saint Mary's 1899. This picture could possibly be Bishop John Bilsborrow 1892 - 1903

Italian Community 960

Italian Community

 St.Mary of the Assumption Italian Procession

May Queen 1936

 May Queen 1936. Margaret Pickles a parishoner from St John the Baptist writes: the small boy sitting on the stool at the right hand side of the picture is my brother Raymond Pickles aged 6

May Queen a

 May Queen 

May Queen Nora Smith

 May Queen 1936

May Queen b 960

May Queen 

May Queen c 960

 May Queen Lillian Cowen

May Queen Lillian Cowen 960

 May Queen Nora Smith

Mens Group 2 960

 Mens Group 1 

Mens Group 960

 Mens Group 2.  Members of the Kights of Saint Columba.  The man second from the left on the front row is probably Frederick Pickles, father of Frederick Aloysius Pickles and Grandfather of Margaret and Raymond Pickles 

Nun and Tynan

Unknown Nun and Monsignor Tynan


Misc 0002

Ordination 1


 Ordination 2

Our Lady of Lourdes

 Our Lady of Lourdes

Picture2 960

Ladies Group

Picture49 960


 Presbytery and part of the Convent (can you see Monsignor Tynan?)

Procession 1906

 Procession 1906 1

Procession 1906a

 Procession 1906 2

Procession 1906b

 Procession 1906 3

Procession 1906c

 Procession 1906 4

Procession 1906d

Procession 1906 5

Procession Victoria Hotel

Procession Victoria Hotel

School Class 1905 960

School Class 1905

School Class 1946 960

School Class 1946

Townley Chapel

Townley Chapel - reredos untouched by Vatican II!

Turf Moor Mass for centenary of Restoration 5 Aug 1950

Turf Moor, Mass to celebrate the centenary of the building of the mother church in Burnley, Saint Mary's 5 Aug 1950

Whit 1933a

Whit Walks1933 1

Whit 1933b

 Whit Walks1933 2


Whit 1933c

Whit Walks 1933 3

Whit 1933d

Whit Walks 1933 4

Whit 1933e

 Whit Walks 1933 5

Whit 1933f

Whit Walks1933 6

Whit 1933g

Whit Walks 1933 7

Whit Walks1

Whit Walks 1933 8

Whit Walks2

Whit Walks 1933 9

Whit Walks3

Whit Walks 1933 10

Whit Walks4

Whit Walks 1933 11

Whit Walks5

Whit Walks 1933 12

Whit Walks6

Whit Walks 1933 13

Womens Guild 1956

Womens Guild 1956