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WILLIAM ROBINSON 1823-1881

Banker and Mayor of Burnley

Born 3, April 1823, William Robinson came to Burnley around 1855, as a representative of the Craven Bank, and following the retirement of his father became a partner in the Company. Gifted with the advantage of a college education, for he was Master of Arts of the University of Oxford, he was more than capable of taking on the tasks of various local offices to which he was commissioned. For a good number of years he acted as magistrate for the county of Lancashire, and as a Guardian he took a special interest in the administration of the Poor Law. As Chairman of the Building Committee he laid the foundation stone of the then new Workhouse. It was also his Mayoral task to lay the foundation stone for the new Market Hall on 25, October 1866. William was also a member of the Burnley School Board, and a Governor of the Burnley Grammar School, and took an active part in promoting education in the town. William Robinson was elected Mayor of the town 1864-66 and 1877-79. The death of the respected gentleman came on 23, April 1881, at his home Reedley Bank following failing health that lasted a number of years. The high esteem in which he was held showed in his funeral cortege. No less then 40 carriages stretched for almost half a mile, and there were a great number of tributes to his public work. Long before the procession commenced silent crowds assembled and accompanied him to the graveside. "Thus was committed to the earth, and there sleeps one of Burnley's best sons, in the secluded corner of the churchyard at Briercliffe" said one local newspaper of the day.

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