Pendle Heritage Centre

Visit the Heritage Centre to enjoy Pendle Hill and the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You will find a Tea Room overlooking a restored Eighteenth Century Walled Garden – always a lovely place to relax with a home-cooked lunch, whatever the weather. The Pendle Art Gallery has jewellery, silk scarves, ceramics and prints by local artists and the Parlour Shop is a great place to find that perfect gift, book or greeting card.  The centre also has a Museum on Pendle life, focusing on life in the 1600s, the Pendle Witches, George Fox and the Quakers and the Bannister family.

Museum

Learn about:

  • The history of Park Hill
  • The Bannister family
  • The Pendle Witches
  • George Fox, whose vision on nearby Pendle Hill inspired the international Quaker movement.
  • The vernacular buildings of Pendle Forest and how they have been conserved by the heritage centre

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Gardens

Pendle Heritage Centre has a lovely cottage garden and a restored eighteenth century walled garden. Box parterres and historic plant varieties create a beautiful old-world character with changing scents and sensations throughout the year.

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Tea Room

Our Tearoom, open daily from 10am, overlooks the 18th Century Walled Garden. We serve home made cakes, soups and traditional Lancashire dishes. There are also ‘Slimmers Choice Lunches’ on Thursday between 12 noon and 2pm.

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Latest events and news

Future of The Pendle Heritage Centre Hangs in the Balance

For 41 years, The Pendle Heritage Centre has held a long lease from Pendle Borough Council. Although we used to receive a small grant, we have had nothing for several years now.

So how have we kept going? We have ramped up our commercial activity considerably. We host weddings and parties, conferences and meetings, and all manner of events – check out our Five Star Facebook ratings!

The thing is, we do all of this in contravention of certain clauses in the 1997 lease. Pendle Council know all about it – they just never got round to updating it and we have asked often enough.

However, two years ago, Pendle Council’s Executive resolved: “That the transfer of the freehold of the Pendle Heritage Centre to Barrowford Parish Council be agreed in principle subject to satisfactory agreement being reached between the Parish Council and the Heritage Trust for the North West (“HTNW”) on a renegotiation of the terms of the current lease”

We were presented with a new, less secure lease – one that had some of the revisions in it we wanted to see, but overall unsatisfactory, nonetheless. We pointed this out and this summer asked for the freehold to be transferred directly to ourselves to solve these differences.

You probably don’t know, but our “Parent” at the Heritage Centre is the HTNW – it’s like a mini National Trust for the North West – see htnw.co.uk/. It successfully runs some 30 Listed Buildings across the region and is a very experienced heritage and commercial body.

If Barrowford Parish Council were just to be transferred the freehold and they maintain the old Pendle Heritage Centre lease unrevised, which is one of the proposals on the table for the Full Council meeting of Pendle Borough Council on 25th September at 7 p.m., it could spell disaster.

If Barrowford Parish Council were to enforce this lease, as one Barrowford Councillor has said they would, then the Heritage Centre would surely close, as it would be unable to operate without the late-night events and alcohol sales that are required to support the Listed Buildings, walled garden and museum. For Pendle Borough Councillors to stand by and allow this to happen would be disgraceful.

Pendle Council has allowed the Heritage Centre to operate without constraint. The result has been nothing short of a miracle – a heritage body that successfully operates without a public authority grant and which conserves old buildings, runs an accredited a museum and educates and entertains the public.

When we heard that Barrowford Parish Council was refusing to take over the running of the park earlier this month if the freehold were to come to The Pendle Heritage Centre, it made sense to consider taking the park over too and so the offer to do so was made to Pendle Council officers. This offer would be of great benefit to the wider region and to the town of Barrowford, as more events would be mounted, increasing the tourism spend in the area.

If you think about it, the decision to award the freehold for the Heritage Centre to Barrowford Parish Council in 2016 was anomalous and was not a decision taken by Full Council, but by the then Executive. Why should a small Parish Council have power over Pendle’s Heritage Centre? The clue is in the name: It isn’t Barrowford’s Heritage Centre, it is Pendle’s!

A direct transfer of the freehold to The Pendle Heritage Centre avoids unnecessary bureaucracy and cost for us. The HTNW, like The Pendle Heritage Centre Trust, is a charitable trust and not a private organisation.

If the decision is not made to pass the freehold or a very long, revised lease based on 1997 lease onto the HTNW, then Pendle Council should retain ownership of the freehold for the residents of Pendle. This option has zero cost implications for Pendle Council.

Transferring the old lease unamended would be completely unfair, risking the secure financial footing of the Heritage Centre, whilst also being contrary to the 2016 resolution of the Council Executive. Pendle Heritage Centre staff, volunteers and its Friends Group are united in the view that Pendle Borough Council should award this self-sustaining jewel in Pendle’s crown as much autonomy as possible.

Please write to Pendle’s councillors: www.pendle.gov.uk/councillors/name to support us by:

• Asking that freehold of the Pendle Heritage Centre is transferred to The Heritage Trust for the North West
Or
• Asking that The Heritage Trust for the North West is given freehold of the Pendle Heritage Centre and the park (only if Barrowford Parish Council don’t want the park)
Or
• Asking for our 1997 lease to be extended and revised, as per repeated requests, before the freehold is transferred to Barrowford Parish Council
Or
• Asking Pendle Borough Council to simply retain the freehold of The Pendle Heritage Centre, which would have no cost to the residents, and then extend and revise the 1997 lease

Please also come to the meeting to support us at Nelson Town Hall on Tuesday, 25th September at 7.15 p.m. We need your help now more than ever!
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Future of The Pendle Heritage Centre Hangs in the Balance

For 41 years, The Pendle Heritage Centre has held a long lease from Pendle Borough Council.  Although we used to receive a small grant, we have had nothing for several years now.

So how have we kept going?  We have ramped up our commercial activity considerably.  We host weddings and parties, conferences and meetings, and all manner of events – check out our Five Star Facebook ratings!

The thing is, we do all of this in contravention of certain clauses in the 1997 lease.  Pendle Council know all about it – they just never got round to updating it and we have asked often enough.

However, two years ago, Pendle Council’s Executive resolved: “That the transfer of the freehold of the Pendle Heritage Centre to Barrowford Parish Council be agreed in principle subject to satisfactory agreement being reached between the Parish Council and the Heritage Trust for the North West (“HTNW”) on a renegotiation of the terms of the current lease”

We were presented with a new, less secure lease – one that had some of the revisions in it we wanted to see, but overall unsatisfactory, nonetheless.  We pointed this out and this summer asked for the freehold to be transferred directly to ourselves to solve these differences.

You probably don’t know, but our “Parent” at the Heritage Centre is the HTNW – it’s like a mini National Trust for the North West – see https://htnw.co.uk/.  It successfully runs some 30 Listed Buildings across the region and is a very experienced heritage and commercial body.

If Barrowford Parish Council were just to be transferred the freehold and they maintain the old Pendle Heritage Centre lease unrevised, which is one of the proposals on the table for the Full Council meeting of Pendle Borough Council on 25th September at 7 p.m., it could spell disaster.

If Barrowford Parish Council were to enforce this lease, as one Barrowford Councillor has said they would, then the Heritage Centre would surely close, as it would be unable to operate without the late-night events and alcohol sales that are required to support the Listed Buildings, walled garden and museum.  For Pendle Borough Councillors to stand by and allow this to happen would be disgraceful.

Pendle Council has allowed the Heritage Centre to operate without constraint.  The result has been nothing short of a miracle – a heritage body that successfully operates without a public authority grant and which conserves old buildings, runs an accredited a museum and educates and entertains the public.

When we heard that Barrowford Parish Council was refusing to take over the running of the park earlier this month if the freehold were to come to The Pendle Heritage Centre, it made sense to consider taking the park over too and so the offer to do so was made to Pendle Council officers.  This offer would be of great benefit to the wider region and to the town of Barrowford, as more events would be mounted, increasing the tourism spend in the area.

If you think about it, the decision to award the freehold for the Heritage Centre to Barrowford Parish Council in 2016 was anomalous and was not a decision taken by Full Council, but by the then Executive.  Why should a small Parish Council have power over Pendle’s Heritage Centre?  The clue is in the name: It isn’t Barrowford’s Heritage Centre, it is Pendle’s!

A direct transfer of the freehold to The Pendle Heritage Centre avoids unnecessary bureaucracy and cost for us.  The HTNW, like The Pendle Heritage Centre Trust, is a charitable trust and not a private organisation.

If the decision is not made to pass the freehold or a very long, revised lease based on 1997 lease onto the HTNW, then Pendle Council should retain ownership of the freehold for the residents of Pendle.  This option has zero cost implications for Pendle Council.

Transferring the old lease unamended would be completely unfair, risking the secure financial footing of the Heritage Centre, whilst also being contrary to the 2016 resolution of the Council Executive.  Pendle Heritage Centre staff, volunteers and its Friends Group are united in the view that Pendle Borough Council should award this self-sustaining jewel in Pendle’s crown as much autonomy as possible.

Please write to Pendle’s councillors: www.pendle.gov.uk/councillors/name to support us by:

• Asking that freehold of the Pendle Heritage Centre is transferred to The Heritage Trust for the North West
Or
• Asking that The Heritage Trust for the North West is given freehold of the Pendle Heritage Centre and the park (only if Barrowford Parish Council don’t want the park)
Or
• Asking for our 1997 lease to be extended and revised, as per repeated requests, before the freehold is transferred to Barrowford Parish Council
Or
• Asking Pendle Borough Council to simply retain the freehold of The Pendle Heritage Centre, which would have no cost to the residents, and then extend and revise the 1997 lease

Please also come to the meeting to support us at Nelson Town Hall on Tuesday, 25th September at 7.15 p.m.  We need your help now more than ever!

 

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Deeply saddened and distressed to hear this News. The Heritage centre at Barrowford is the only tourism related facility for Coach tourism in the East Lancashire area. I can take coaches there from across the UK and everyone comments just how interesting the museum and the gift and book shop is .If the centre in its present form closes this will effect my business as a coach tour guide .There is no other facility in the area that can offer quality food and refreshments. But also the tourism book shop and museum dedicated to the pendle witches East Lancashires greatest tourism attraction. I hope and pray that the centre and it's staff can keep going as they are an absolute asset to Lancashire tourism .

Yes I know all this as I am a 4 generation Barrowforder. I'm only stating fact. I have pictures with my family on taken outside the heritage centre in the early 1900s I'm entitled say what I did

We had our most perfect wedding day here exactly 4 months ago. The staff were fantastic, the barns were beautiful blank canvasses for us to make our own, and many couples have done the same since. I love seeing photos of weddings and functions here, it’s a place that should be celebrated in. I couldn’t imagine this place not being open, it’s been part of my life since as long as I remember and I felt honoured to be able to marry here! I’ll definitely contact the council xx

If the freehold of Pendle Heritage Centre (and possibly the park) was granted to HTNW, what would happen if it ceased to exist? For example if HTNW merged with another charitable trust with similar aims, let's say as an example.... The National Trust, I'm guessing these community assets would also be transferred?

do we have to register to attend the meeting? Or can we just turn up on the night?

An online petition would be a good idea.

We can’t let this close!!!!

Gemma 😱

Mikayla Wright 😳

James Murphy

Rebecca Howell

Lee Kente

Paul Hunt

If it closes what will happen to the buildings become neglected left to rot become any eyesore there are enough of those as it is

Gorgeous photo

So very sad if it has to close.

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Here’s a picture of all the winners at the Lancashire and Cheshire Clog Dancing Championship, which was in its 42nd year. Congratulations to the organisers and thank you for choosing our beautiful barn as the venue for such a prestigious competition! ...

Here’s a picture of all the winners at the Lancashire and Cheshire Clog Dancing Championship, which was in its 42nd year. Congratulations to the organisers and thank you for choosing our beautiful barn as the venue for such a prestigious competition!

The winner of the Championship was Catherine Tyler, who last won 15 years ago. Her Mother was coincidentally presenting the prizes and described it as: “One of the best days of my life”! ...

 

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Marie Greenwood I think I would prefer to learn clog dancing, not tap dancing !

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This third competition is for proponents of “The Old Lancs Style”. ...

The next competition showcases a different style of Clog Dancing - this time involving the heel, as well as the toe. ...

 

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My grandad was a clog dancer in the fifties

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