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

  • Longridge heritage book is launched

    Longridge Heritage Centre was busy with volunteers, guests and buyers on Saturday at the launch of its new book ‘Our Heritage-Longridge Past and Present.’ Report HERE More information HERE  

  • East Lancashire Railway viaduct making way for new cycling route

    A HISTORIC viaduct belonging to the East Lancashire Railway is set to be handed over so a modern-day cycling route through Rossendale can take shape. Heritage railway bosses have owned Alderbottom Viaduct, near Stubbins, for a number of years, even though it does not form part of their main Rawtenstall to Bury route. Lancashire Telegraph Article HERE


    All 5 of Hyndburn’s libraries at Accrington, Oswaldtwistle, Rishton, Great Harwood and Clayton-le-Moors are under threat from Lancashire County Council cuts. The same is true regarding the 5 libraries serving Rossendale Borough – Rawtenstall, Crawshawbooth, Haslingden, Whitworth and Bacup. Click HERE to sign the petition against the closures. As well as a terrible loss to all ...

  • Open Museum and Lancashire Tea event

    The Friends held a successful Open Museum Event on Saturday 21st November with the aim of raising awareness of this Pendle gem. Frank Janet and Gillian guided over 40 visitors, some from as far away as London, round the museum and were available to answer their many questions. With Lancashire Day approaching  (27th Nov) the Real Lancashire ...

  • Winter comes to Wycoller

    We’ve had such a warm autumn that the recent cold weather has caught us by surprise. The snow stuck at Wycoller and gave the place a cold gloomy romantic feel that the Bronte sisters would have loved! Wycoller hamlet and country park is Lancashire’s Bronte Country and is one of the places the Friends actively seek ...

  • Historic Queen Street Mill to close?

    Last surviving steam-powered weaving mill in world. Cultural value is ‘incalculable’. Burnley’s iconic Queen Street Mill Museum looks set for the axe after Lancashire County Council unveiled massive proposed budget cuts this week which aim to close most cultural institutions the Council manages. Full article about Queen Street Mill here.  

  • Old Barrowford Mill – Its Story Is Told

    Friends of Barrowford Park, Pendle Heritage conservation group and the Council Parks Department all pooled their efforts to research, design and erect an information board in the park. It tells the interesting story of Old Barrowford Mill, fragments of which survive in the park. Next time you are in the park, go and have a ...


    The closing of much-loved museums and libraries and the end of the countryside service which manages the country parks like Wycoller and Spring Wood,  this is possibly the worst piece of local heritage news one can imagine. Article here.

  • Do we underestimate the power of plants and trees?

    So much of our heritage is comprised of trees and plants – natural heritage that encompasses and interacts with our cultural heritage. This BBC article is a fascinating insight into how plants might be capable of more than we suspect. Some scientists – controversially – describe plants as “intelligent”. Read it here

  • Story behind Towneley Park’s Foldys Cross

    “The subject of our attention is the Foldys Cross which has been in Towneley Park since 1789…” Article HERE