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

  • Story behind Towneley Park’s Foldys Cross

    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

  • Preparations for autumn event

    Preparations for autumn event

    Preparations are well under way for The Open Museum / Lancashire Tea on Saturday 21st Nov between 11am and 3.30pm. The Barn windows have been transformed with an autumnal display and the Lancashire flag is proudly ” flying”. We look forward to a great turn out – non Lancastrians will be warmly welcomed.  

  • Wycoller wall is now fully repaired

    Wycoller wall is now fully repaired

    The repair of the Wycoller Hall dividing wall has been successful. The ancient wall was damaged many years ago and its coping stones have sat in an unsightly pile in front of the hall for a very long time. The lime-mortar based repair and resetting of the coping stones were undertaken by the Countryside Service ...

  • 200 new jobs moving into mill cottages

    200 new jobs moving into mill cottages

    The iconic former weavers’ cottages championed by Prince Charles are the base for 200 new jobs. Fifty staff from employment specialists Spacious Place will initially move into Slater’s Terrace this week, in the latest phase of On The Banks regeneration initiative…. FULL STORY

  • Peek into past of Earby’s Old Grammar School building

    Peek into past of Earby’s Old Grammar School building

    As the Old Grammar School building in Earby is readied for a new lease of life this weekend, the Barnoldswick and Earby Times has taken a peek into its past with the help of the Earby and District Local History Society… FULL REPORT HERE

  • Frozen in Time

    Frozen in Time

    Heritage photographer, Andy Marshall, is on a mission to collect 100 dates over 100 years, and display them in a very special print. CLICK HERE You are invited to to the opening event… Date: Tuesday 8th December 2015, 7pm – 9pm Venue: Rosylee, 11 Stevenson Sq. Northern Quarter, Manchester M1 1DB Register For A Free Ticket Follow the Project

  • New book to look at Darwen’s heritage

    New book to look at Darwen's heritage

    A new book Memories of Darwen with pictures of the town old and new will be launched this month. The 120-page publication includes 260 images from a century of history and 10,000 words explaining how the areas featured have changed. It is the work of the ‘Darwen Days’ community history project and digital photographic website. Lancashire Telegraph Article ...

  • Undelivered letters shed light on 17th-century society

    Undelivered letters shed light on 17th-century society

    Thousands of pieces of correspondence, many still unopened, were stored away by Dutch postmaster and are now being examined by academics. An appeal for help from a desperate woman has been opened and read more than 300 years after the man it was sent to refused to accept delivery – not surprisingly, since the wealthy merchant ...

  • 24 ‘historic and interesting’ buildings in Blackburn and Darwen locally listed

    24 'historic and interesting' buildings in Blackburn and Darwen locally listed

    A LIST of 24 “historic and interesting” buildings in Blackburn and Darwen has been drawn up for special protection by the borough council. They include the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Clayton Street, Blackburn, the town’s Soho Foundry in Cicely Lane, Little Harwood War Memorial, Darwen Vale Schools and Astley Bank in Darwen. Lancashire Telegraph Report HERE    

  • Gardening Groups combine…

    Gardening Groups combine...

    The Pendle Heritage and Barrowford Park Friends gardeners combined their efforts on Wednesday (4th November) and made a good start clearing the raised bed between the park and the centre. A large number of bulbs were planted and it certainly looked much better without the brambles. We’ll tackle the weeds on the car park cobbles ...