Local Heritage

Park Hill, Barrowford

The Pendle Heritage Centre supports the conservation and interpretation of Pendle Hill and its countryside, hamlets and villages all of which form part of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

The gateway to the AONB is Park Hill, Barrowford, which is an ancient farming and textile settlement that goes back to medieval times and the Barrowford vaccary set up in the 1200s to produce oxen for the Lord de Lacy.  The centre’s museum tells the story of the buildings and heritage of Park Hill and the Barrowford area. It is open for visitors all year round with a tea room, gift shop and bookshop. The heritage of Barrowford can be traced on a fascinating trail available in the centre bookshop.


Higherford Mill Arts Centre

On the opposite side of Pendle Water is an old toll house while further upstream is Higherford Mill, a pioneering cotton factory now an Arts Centre.  Like Park Hill, these buildings were saved by Heritage Trust for the North West, which has rescued many buildings in the Barrowford area including Lomeshaye Bridge Mill, Whitefield.




Blog Posts: Local History

  • Pendle Heritage Centre’s Lease to be Extended and Amended

    COUNCILLORS unanimously voted in favour of a resolution to extend and amend Pendle Heritage Centre’s lease prior to its transfer from Pendle Borough Council to Barrowford Parish Council last night.

  • Future of The Pendle Heritage Centre Hangs in the Balance

    Future of The Pendle Heritage Centre Hangs in the Balance – changes to the lease and leaseholder could spell disaster. Please support us by writing to your councilor or attending a meeting at Nelson Town Hall.

  • Sir Roger Bannister

    Sir Roger Bannister, who was the first person to achieve the ‘impossible’ by breaking the four minute mile, has died at the age of 88. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and all who knew him. Sir Roger was a descendant of the Bannisters of Park Hill and a great supporter of the ...

  • Archaeologists search for Malkin Tower

    Here’s an interesting project from the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership.

  • Colne Town Hall update

    Click Here for the latest news about one of Colne’s finest buildings.

  • Katie the donkey – 1977

    Here’s a nice reminiscence of the Pendle Heritage Centre.  

  • Stunning Selvedge Fair: 23rd September

    Travelling North for the first time, the Selvedge Fair is beautifully curated by the team behind Selvedge magazine and features some of the best in contemporary textiles and crafts. A collection of 26 makers and merchants will come together to showcase their work. Free workshops will be offered throughout the day, led by Textile ...

  • Clog Dance Workshops and Competitions

    16th-17th September 2017 A weekend of traditional English clog dancing at Pendle Heritage Centre, featuring the Lancashire and Cheshire Clog Dance Competitions  on Saturday 16th September 2017, free entry to competitors and spectators. See Clogcomp.org.uk for more information. Social Evening hosted by Oakenhoof on Saturday 16th 2017 from 7.30-10.30pm. Entrance £5 (£3 concessions) in advance or £7 ...

  • Cycle Path from Park Hill Barn to Canal?

    Cycle Path from Park Hill Barn to Leeds & Liverpool Canal? A LONG-AWAITED cycleway between Barrowford and Colne via Park Hill Barn at the Pendle heritage Centre is being advanced, see Lancashire Telegraph report HERE.  

  • Update on Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership

    Update on Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership More details of the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership have been unveiled at local gatherings in Sabden and Nelson, Click HERE for more information.