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Good Morning Everyone,

This is the Towneley family vault outside St. Hubert's Church, Dunsop Bridge. An angel overlooks the vault where, most recently, Mary Lady Towneley (1935 – 2001) is buried.

The Towneleys are an important family in Lancashire whose ancestry can be traced back to Norman England. They take their name from Towneley Hall in Burnley, Lancashire, which was the family seat until its sale in 1901. It is now a very important local attraction with tours of the house and art gallery, a good restaurant/café very reasonably priced, vast lawns and gardens for events and a plant nursery.

This small but magnificent church was built to the design of Edward Pugin, from, it is believed, the winnings of the racehorse Kettledrum in the Derby 1861 owned by Col. Towneley. In consequence, The apse is richly decorated with a painting of the racehorse Kettledrum. This is on the left and below the coat of arms of the Towneley family.

It was quite a grey day when I took the photograph and a decision to turn the photograph to sepia seemed to fit the mood and the history.

Thank you for your interest, Bev :-)

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