Autumn Trip 2016

On Saturday 24th September 17 members of the Friends of Pendle Heritage Centre met in Barrowford and were driven direct to Buxton.  We had coffee in the Pavilion (designed by Joseph Paxton) and then were treated to a conducted tour of the largely Georgian town by a town guide who told us about the foundation…

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Southfield Methodist Chapel

A sudden flurry of snow didn’t deter visitors to Southfield Chapel and hamlet near Nelson organised by The Friends of Pendle Heritage on Wednesday 27th April. Believed to be one of only two remaining chapels of its type, John Wesley preached at this location several times in the late 1700’s whilst visiting his friend William…

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Spring Trip to North East

Trip to Alnwick 11/12/13th April 2016 The coach (from Hodgsons as usual but without our usual driver Ian) left promptly from opposite the Malt Kiln in Barrowford at 8.30 am on Monday 11th April. We drove to Piercebridge where we had coffee/tea and moreish shortbread biscuits at the George Hotel, a 16th century coaching inn…

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Tour d’Afrique

How often do you hear a comment from the audience like ‘I don’t want this talk to finish!’ Well, that’s exactly what happened when Sue Shuttleworth stood up to talk about her year in the saddle.  Entitled ‘Tour d’Afrique’, Sue’s talk was delivered in a modest manner even though she’s cycled 27,000kms over the last…

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Autumn and Winter Programme Published

The Friends events programme is now available. Click Here to download the pdf. Special Events include a Heritage Walk of Barrowford on 28th October and a Museum Open Day and Lancashire Tea on 21st November. The Talks and Lecture programme covers a wide range of local interest… canals, turnpikes, archaeology and buildings…

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Workhouses of the North

Our lecture season got underway Friday evening (25th September) with a most interesting and informative talk from Peter Higginbotham, entitled ‘Workhouses of the North’. From as early as 1601 laws were passed to provide ‘out relief’ for the able bodied poor but it wasn’t until 1723 that parishes were granted the right to refuse ‘out…

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HERITAGE IN THE PRESS – April 2015

Here are the heritage stories of the past month… Roger Frost has written an excellent four-part account of the de Lacys, the dynasty which ruled our area in medieval times, plus an interesting article on the grounds of Townley Hall… The first Lords of the Manor in Ightenhill Roger from Hell and his links to…

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