Burnley Rural District

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Coordinates: 53°47′13″N 2°14′42″W / 53.787°N 2.245°W / 53.787; -2.245 Burnley was a rural district of Lancashire, England from 1894 to 1974. It was named after but did not include the large town of Burnley, which was a county borough.

The district and its council was created in 1894 under the Local Government Act 1894. In 1974 it was abolished under the Local Government Act 1972, with its territory going on to form part of the districts of Pendle, Ribble Valley, Burnley and Hyndburn.

The offices of the Rural District Council were in Reedley Hallows, Reedley at what is now the Oaks Hotel on Colne Road. Prior to becoming the Council offices, the building was a private residence known as Oakleigh and the home of Abraham Altham. The Altham family were importers of tea and this is represented in the fine stain glass window found at The Oaks colloquially giving the building the name "Tay-Pot (or teapot) Hall".[1] The Altham's also founded a travel agency business in 1874 which continues to trade throughout East Lancashire, the west of Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire[2]