Burnley Grammar School Library

Scope and Content

The collection contains works on history, politics, medicine, law, religion (especially defence of Anglicanism against Catholicism) and also works in Latin and Greek.

Administrative / Biographical History

The greater part of the library consists of books bequeathed by the Reverend Henry Halstead (1641-1728), a member of a prominent local family and a former pupil of the school. Reverend Edmund Townley, Rector of Slaidburn, augmented the library.

Although the collection contains works on history, politics, medicine, and the law, as well as works in Latin and Greek, the major part consists of works on religion, and especially the defence of Anglicanism against Catholicism.


Each item is numbered and listed in a manual catalogue.

Access Information

Items in the collection may be consulted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the controlled environment & restrictions of the Library's Rare Book Archive

Acquisition Information

Burnley Grammar School


Description compiled by Helen Clish and Liz Fawcett

Other Finding Aids

Manual Catalogue which can be consulted at Lancaster University Library

Conditions Governing Use

COPIES FOR PRIVATE STUDY: Subject to copyright conditions imposed by owners and protecting the documents, the library can supply, at charge, photocopies or digital copies.

PUBLICATION: A reader wishing to publish material in the collection should contact the Curator of Rare Books in writing. The reader is responsible for obtaining permission to publish from the copyright owner.