Burnbanks Village





 Above showing Burnbanks village, A whole community was catered for, there were a total of 66 pre-fabricated iron framed bungalows, for the workers and their families, a doctors surgery, Mission, Sports hall, Canteen, Power station, Battery charging hut, Village shop and several billets for the single men, life was good and money a plenty,

The buildings here were luxurious compared to local dwellings in the surrounding villages, Burnbanks had hot and cold running water, a flushing toilet and seperate bathroom, and most important, a good supply of electricity, which paved the way to many modern labour saving devices, like a washing machine and an electric iron.



 Above and below shows the interior of the new mission, situated on the left hand side of the old road as you enter the village, it was called, The Industrial Christian Fellowship,  and its doors were open to all religions.



 Below shows the interior of the sports hall complete with two beautiful billiard tables, it catered for dances and may functions throughout its life at Burnbanks, it was moved to Thirlmere, where it can still be seen.




 Above and below shows No. 66 Burnbanks, today and before, It was once used as the local law house, Police Constable Ostle and Miss Lucy Bell can be seen standing outside, No. 66, you can see here clearly, the yard square cast iron panels that the bungalows were made from, today the old buildings have been replaced by a new housing development, which look similar to the old houses.



 Below is No. 1 Burnbanks as it was being built, this was the first of the bungalows to be erected, the walls were made from cast iron squares, rather like those of water tanks, the date 22 of August 1929, shortly after No.1 was complete, there was a fire which gutted both 1 an 2, no body knew how the fire started, but a neighbour spotted the fire, ran down and scooped all three children into his arms and took them outside to safety.




 Above and below shows the weekly clinic gathering of the local children, in the centre of the picture above is the son of Mr George Hindmarch who worked the horses for his uncle Tom at Grove brae farm.


 Click here for a record of families who lived and worked on the dam project



 Below happy times for the workers families, a day out to Donnington perhaps.




 Some of the remaining, homes now empty, soon to be demolished, will be making way for the new village green and several modern houses.



 Above shows the power station for Burnbanks.



Burnbanks shortly after building was complete, the square cast iron wall panels can be seen, Below is the communal bowling green.




 A group of children playing near the old barn opposite No. 8.



 Above and below are groups of children at their school concerts, held in the recreation hall.