Burnley is a market town in the county of Lancashire. It has a population of over 73,000 people. The town of Burnley lies within the heart of the Pennines, and the town resides around 21 miles north of the city of Manchester and 25 miles east of Preston.
Burnley became one of Lancashire's most prominent mill towns during the Industrial Revolution. When production was at its peak, the town was one of the world's largest producers of cotton cloth. The arrival of the Leeds and Liverpool canal in 1796 ensured that the town was able to transport goods efficiently, which boosted the local economy further.
Burnley has some large parks including Towneley Park, Queens Park and Thompson Park, which has its own boating lake. Burnley annually hosts the Burnley National Blues Festival, a two day event which is one of the largest Blues festivals in the country, attracting visitors from all over the UK.
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