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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2008 7:47 am 
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Burnley Express and Advertiser 13 September 1933

Octogenarian's Death

Link With Old Burnley Family

An old "Top o' t' Towner", and a member of a family which began business in Burnley as farriers and blacksmiths over a century ago, Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Starkie died early on Monday morning at the home of her nephew, Mr. J. Pate, 127, Barden-lane, Burnley. Mrs. Starkie, who celebrated her 86th birthday last June, had been in failing health for some time.
A daughter of the late Mr. Lindley Pate, Mrs Starkie was born in Dawson-square, near St. Peter's Church. Her father, who was widely known, carried on business as a farrier and blacksmith at premises where the Market Hotle now stands. He also had premises on the site of the present Market Hall. Later the business was transferred to the rear of the Boot Inn, and at a still laer period to Cobden-street, where Mrs. Starkie's nephew, Mr. J. Pate, continues the same occupation, thus providing a direct link with the founder of the concern.
Mrs. Starkie, whose husband, the late Mr. J.C. Starkie, predeceased her about 10 years ago, could relate many interesting happenings of the days when the life of Burnley centred in the neighbourhood around St. Peter's Church. After her marriage she lived for a long time in the Stoneyholme district, where she was very well known. She leaves no family.
the funeral takes place at Briercliffe to-day (Wednesday).

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