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

  • 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 ...

  • Katie the donkey – 1977

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

  • 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.  

  • Future of Queen Street and Helmshore Textile mills thrown into fresh doubt

    The future of Queen Street and Helmshore Textile mills heritage destinations is again under threat after Lancashire County Council suddenly and unexpectedly shut them down last year. English Heritage, seen by many as the museums’ saviour,  has now pulled out of taking them over because the scale and risk of the two projects are too ...

  • Pledge over future of council’s museum collections


  • £1.4 million restoration of Padiham Conservation Area

    £1.4 million restoration of Padiham Conservation Area http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/15093578.__1_4million_plan_to_bring_out_best_in_Padiham___s_conservation_area/

  • Mother’s day Afternoon Tea – Sunday 26th March 2pm – in the Barn

  • Bancroft Steam Engine publishes its 2017 steaming dates

    Pendle Today has announced this year’s steaming dates at Bancroft, CLICK HERE for details.

  • Can you find a new use for an ancient Church?

    One of the area’s most ancient Christian sites, “Church Kirk”, near Accrington is up for sale. Its unique name simply means ‘the church’ in the old Saxon and Viking languages. The absence of any further description illustrates its importance to medieval people. The Church Kirk story goes back to the Dark Ages when, the early Anglo Saxons were  gradually being converted ...

  • Stanhill Heritage Trail Launched

    The Hyndburn Mayor, Cllr Tim O’Kane and MP for Hyndburn, Graham Jones, launched Stanhill’s new heritage trail today. Stanhill Methodist Church was packed with heritage buffs and local people. Richard Hooper of Stanhill Residents led the proceedings which included a talk about James Hargreaves and the Spinning Jenny, a slideshow, some short speeches and a close look ...