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Briercliffe ward is the second largest in the borough in terms of geographical coverage, and consists of largely rural areas with properties, farms and moorland.

It includes the neighbourhoods of Harle Syke, Haggate, Roggerham, Cockden and Lane Bottom, and the major tourist attraction Queen Street Mill, which contains the world’s only surviving steam driven weaving-shed.

Located in the north-east of the town, this ward borders Pendle and West Yorkshire.

Key statistics: 

According to the 2011 census, Briercliffe's population is 5, 654.

There are areas of traditional terraced housing in the ward, but the majority of housing is either detached and semi-detached. The majority of residents are home owners.

The average age of Briercliffe residents is 40.5 years, with more residents aged 45-64 than in other wards.

97% of residents are white / white British.

70% of residents are employed, which compares with a borough wide employment rate of 58%. The percentage of people claiming benefits in this ward is the second lowest in Burnley.

Reported crime in Briercliffe increased by 8% between 2010 – 12, but anti-social behaviour fell by 46%.

83% of residents do not consider themselves limited by their health problems, whilst 8% of residents do a lot. 49% of Briercliffe people rate their health as very good. Life expectancy is 76.7 years for men, and 79.8 years for women.     


One of the great things about Briercliffe is its stunning scenery and moorland, views over the Pennines, Pendle and Calderdale.

Queen Street Mill

Parks and green spaces:

Recreation ground near Queen Street Mill

Playground off Burnley Road near the bowling green

Playground at Lane Bottom

Playground on Standen Hall Close


Briercliffe Library, Jubilee Street 

Household waste centre, Heasandford Industrial Estate, Balderstone Lane 

Action for ASD – charity for people affected by Autism. Kings Mill

Schools and colleges:


St James Church of England Primary School, Lanehead, Briercliffe Road, BB10 2NH:  01282 426833  

Briercliffe Primary School, Delamere Road, BB10 2JU: 01282 459421 

Your ward councillors are:

Councillor Roger Frost, Liberal Democrat

Councillor Anne Kelly, Liberal Democrat

Councillor Margaret Lishman, Liberal Democrat

For more detailed information about Councillors, please click here

Community groups and centres:

Community Centre, Jubilee Street, Harle Syke. The centre is available for hire for clubs, events and children's parties, either as one offs or regular bookings. Contact management committee member Anne Kelly, 01282 438328.

Briercliffe Parish Council. Clerk: Steve Watson, 01282 436670

The Briercliffe Society. 01282 435863. 

St. James Parent & Toddler Group

Haggate Parents & Toddler Group

The Horse and Pony Protection Association (HAPPA) 

Borrowdale United FC

Briercliffe Rovers FC

Places of Worship:

Hill Lane Baptist Church, Halifax Road, Lane Bottom

The Parish Church of Saint James, Church Street, Harle Syke

Haggate Baptist Church, Burnley Road, Haggate

Doctors, dentists and pharmacies:

Briercliffe Medical Centre, Burnley Road

Village Pharmacy, Burnley Road

Other useful information:

There is holiday accommodation in this area, Herd House Farm Holiday Cottages in Briercliffe.

Did you know?

Haggate was the scene of the Civil war skirmish that was a prelude to the Battle of Marston Moor which took place in 1644. In the skirmish a detachment of the Royalist army under Sir Edward Lucy came into contact with a group of local Parliamentarians. Five were killed and buried at St Peter's Church in Burnley.

Find out more

If you’d like more information on statistics or issues in Briercliffe, or to find out more about the community groups and facilities in the area, contact the local ward councillors, or the community engagement officers at the town hall, Manchester Road, Burnley BB11 9SA.

Tel: 01282 477198


Contact us on this email, too, if there is anything you’d like to see added or changed on this page.

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