The Twentieth Century Society

Campaigning for outstanding buildings

New-life promise for Burnley post-war mural

Charles Anderson's mural in BurnleyC20 Society is delighted to hear that this major work by sculptor Charles Anderson is expected to be installed in a new setting within the town in autumn 2011, due entirely to the efforts and finance of local businessman Andrew Brown of Crow Wood Leisure Ltd, Burnley.

Anderson’s magnificent sculptural relief was produced in 1973 as the main architectural external adornment to the new William Thompson Memorial Centre (precast concrete panels against expanded polystyrene moulds; 150ft long and 9ft high). It was gifted from funds provided by the estate of local Cotton Manufacturer and major town benefactor, William Thompson. The building was a flagship symbol of progress for Burnley in 1973, but has now been demolished. Fortunately, the frieze was carefully dismantled and has been stored in the area by Andrew Brown.

Two more post-war murals by Charles Anderson are included in C20 Society’s murals campaign webpages (nos. 15 and 32, in Greenock and Stirling respectively).


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