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Author:  Leaver [ Wed Jul 22, 2009 9:15 pm ]
Post subject:  Keirby Hotel

http://www.burnleyexpress.net/peek-into ... 4839833.jp

The history of Burnley's Keirby Hotel
Published Date: 02 January 2009
SOME readers might be of the opinion we are not going all that far back into Burnley's history this week. However, when you think of it, the Keirby was opened, with considerable and understandable celebrations, almost 50 years ago.
I don't know about you, but I can have difficulty coping with the knowledge the Keirby has been with us that long.

The building, when it was first projected, was planned to be something of a marker for a prosperous economic future for the town. If I remember correctly, it was to be the diamond in Massey's crown, the only 4-star hotel in Lancashire outside Manchester and Blackpool. Now Massey's Burnley Brewery no longer exists and Manchester and Blackpool are not even in the county!

The postcard view is of St James' Street looking towards its junction with Yorkshire Street. Notice the shops in the row of property, right. Of all Burnley's shops, when a boy, I was most familiar with these.
The reason is that I attended a town centre school, St Mary's in Yorkshire Street, and the bus back to Harle Syke set off from the top stand on the left.

We had double-deckers in those days and they stopped outside Poole's Silk Shop at the top of Hall Street.

In the picture there are new shops on the far corner of Yorkshire Street and St James' Street but on the other you can see the oddly-shaped chemist's shop which stood between Yorkshire Street and Cliviger Street.

It was owned by Frank Pick and I always found his window displays interesting.

There was another Pick's Chemists at 56 St James' Street, but this one was owned by Harold Pick, a gentleman who lived at the Hollies in Queen's Park Road.

The first shop on the row was occupied by C.F. Hargreaves Ltd, the ironmongers, though they were better known as the "Golden Padlock".
This was another interesting shop, one of a considerable number of similar shops – 17 in Burnley in 1953 – a few years before today's photo was taken.

Many readers will remember Bulcock's in Manchester Road, Hudson's at the old Sun Inn in Bridge Street, Collinge's in Croft Street and Boot Street and Harker Bros. in St James' Street.

On the photo I publish today, the name of the business cannot be seen on the next shop, number 6 St James' Street.

It was, for many years, occupied by John Henry Hesketh who was, in his early days, listed as a cabinet maker, house furnisher and undertaker at 9a St James' Row in town.

Hesketh's was in business here in 1914 but, by 1926, the firm had moved to the premises you can see in St James' Street. I recall Hesketh's moving to Elizabeth Street where they occupied the former spinning mill which is now the site of Ko Ko's.

The next shop was occupied, when the photo was taken, by Ardal, Amalgamated Radio and Domestic Appliances, whose offices were at Duke Bar in the old Marles Mill. Ardal, at one time ran a very successful radio relay business but they became known, in the early television era, as a TV renting company.

Cort's, the carpet shop, were at 10 St James' Street and, at number 12, was Lupton Bros.

They were stationers, booksellers and fancy goods dealers who also had premises in Burnley Market Hall and, as a student, I worked there, mostly on Saturdays, enjoying my time there.

The shop itself was quite modern, with the books in at the door and stationery further back. Upstairs was the toy department which was really busy when fireworks were on sale around Bonfire Night.

I have many memories associated with my time at Lupton's and I recall a little story about the shop which involves Jimmy McIlroy, whom the town has recently honoured as a Freeman of the Borough.

A book "Right Inside Soccer" by Jimmy had been published in 1960, the Championship year.

As the leading booksellers in town, Lupton's had bought rather a lot of them and hundreds were indeed disposed of to the many fans who came into the shop.

However, as we all know, Jimmy, much to the distress of local people, was sold to Stoke City not long after and Lupton's still had quite a large supply of books to sell. A lull in sales, along with a considerable outcry about Jimmy's departure, occurred when the news broke, but, after a while such was Jimmy's popularity sales started again.

When I worked at Lupton's, the shop next door was occupied by Stockdale's (Burnley) Ltd who were toy dealers.

This shop rivalled for my attentions Webster's toy department in Bridge Street and, when it closed and was replaced by Halford's, the firm which occupy the premises in the picture, I was just as upset as I suspect was the book manager at Luton's when Mr McIlroy departed for Stoke-on-Trent.

The drawn awning on the extreme right hides the shop window of Jackson's Ltd, the boot and shoe dealers and then there was the Boot Inn, which became a Yates' Wine Bar. The latter has recently closed and not one of the businesses mentioned survives today with the exception, of course, of Halford's, though they are on another site in town.

This part of Burnley has changed quite a lot but the row of shops, which we have been discussing, date from 1876 and remain a constant.
Perhaps the largest change has been the pedestrianisation of this part of St James' Street but who would have thought, 50 years ago, that we would have an ice-skating rink located here?
I wonder what Miss Lupton would have thought?

Author:  hannah [ Thu Jul 23, 2009 1:25 am ]
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:cry: Oh Kris!! what memories you have set off when you mentioned the Keirby. Have you read the feedback from guests who stay there now!!!
We were lucky enough to stay there in 1959, before we moved to Malaysia. I was young and completely swept off my feet for SIX WEEKS!!! by the Italian waiters. They had a restuarant manager AND a head waiter in those days. During our stay I ate for England, it was my duty!!
Later I had my 21st and my parents silver wedding were held there. Even later, the Nelson Dinner Club had all it's dinners there and all the guest speakers, I won't name drop, it will take too long, stayed there and had no complaints. But my time was the 1959 stay, ah well, wonder all those gorgeous guys are now.
Also remembered they were filming 'Whistle Down The Wind, Hayley Mills was there at the same time but had to eat in her room as she had her lines and her schoolwork to do.

What was the name of the toy shop down the sloping street next to Poole's. I have very vague memories going into some place which involved stairs to the toy department? Father Christmas in a Grotto, scared me to death.

In fact I remember all that you have put on the message, half a centuary!!!!! Oh, I do feel old :roll:

Author:  Burnleymasher [ Thu Jul 23, 2009 11:24 am ]
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There was a shop called BENN'S across the road from Pooles silk shop, they sold leather goods, but if you went upstairs they had a toy department, wonder if this is the one that you are remembering. They have just recently stopped trading because it was family run and unfortunately all the family are dying out, so sad, it was a great shop, bit like an emporium where you could get anything that you wanted.


Author:  Gloria [ Thu Jul 23, 2009 1:06 pm ]
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Kris, Blackpool is in Lancashire.
The toy shop was called Websters, I remember that, fascinating place at christmas.

Author:  Burnleymasher [ Thu Jul 23, 2009 1:33 pm ]
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I'd forgotten all about Websters, was there a Stockdales as well near the centre?


Author:  Jack Sparrow [ Tue Aug 10, 2010 4:33 am ]
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I remember them building the Keirby. Just a bit down the road from the Empress ballroom.

Author:  Mel [ Tue Aug 10, 2010 5:48 am ]
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I think the Keirby is closed down now.

Author:  hannah [ Tue Aug 10, 2010 3:23 pm ]
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:( No it isn't. Even worse, there is a big banner hung over the side facing the roundabout which says, 'clean rooms at £ ( then the current price)!!!

So depressing! and if you log on to the website the feedback from guests is embarassing, plumbing that didn't work, widows not fitting, rooms not cleaned properly, unhelpful staff and there have of course been other trades going on there in the past, as reported in the Expess :roll: :roll:

Author:  Leaver [ Wed Aug 11, 2010 4:12 pm ]
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I have stayed at the Keirby Hotel and it’s a dump. The last time I stayed there the lift didn’t work, the shower was broken and the toilet didn’t flush.

I thought they were pulling it down and building apartments?

Author:  Mel [ Wed Aug 11, 2010 4:53 pm ]
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I remember your last stay there Kris. You got no joy out of the reception staff either! I thought Battersea travel lodge was bad but your room was worse than that ever was!

Author:  Jack Sparrow [ Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:19 pm ]
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What a pity ! When it was built we thought that it was going to give Burnley a bit of class. :roll:

Author:  ejones4765 [ Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:17 pm ]
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Hello, my name is Dewi Wyn Jones. The lady I've mentioned, her family owned the Keirby

Elizabeth Ann Keirby 1845–1897

BIRTH ABT 1845 • Little Marsden Brewery, Lob Lane, Colne
DEATH 12 SEPTEMBER 1897 • 373, Loydale Road, Waverlee Park, Lewisham
My 2nd great-grandmother

She was married to: Edwin Moore 1846–1927
BIRTH ABT 1846 • Burnley, Lancashire, England
DEATH 31 AUGUST 1927 • The Hollies, Tattenshall
My 2nd great-grandfather

They had 5 children, my Great-grandfather, Tom Carden Moore 1867–1936
BIRTH 15 NOVEMBER 1867 • 17, Calder Terrace, Burnley, Lancashire, England
DEATH SEP 1936 • Bangor, Caernarvonshire, Wales
My great-grandfather is one of them

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