WE take a step back into history and into the days of Burnley in bygone days.

The town grew up in the level tongue of land at the junction of its two rivers, the Brun and the Calder.

In ancient times the parish church of St Peter's, built on the river bank, was at its heart, with houses grouped close by, as well as the local pub, the Sparrow Hawk.

The market place, with its cross, was just outside the church gates.

The Industrial Revolution brought a rapidly rising population as people flooded in to take jobs in the mills and factories which suddenly sprang up across the town, the first steps in creating the Burnley of today.