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 Artists Exhibition at the Heritage Centre

    The upstairs gallery at the Pendle Heritage Centre. Exhibition on until Saturday 14th November.  

  • Iconic Blackburn buildings in colour spotlight for Christmas

    TWO of Blackburn’s most iconic heritage buildings will be in the spotlight with a dramatic display of colour and light for the town’s Christmas extravaganza. The Victoria Building at Blackburn College and Holy Trinity Church will come to life with a multi-colour flood light effect as part of the annual Festival of Light celebrations, which aims ...

  • East Lancashire museums facing axe due to County Hall cuts

    MUSEUMS across Lancashire could be under threat as County Hall chiefs work to balance the books. Bosses are looking at every service provided by the authority to find massive savings, after it was revealed the council needs to cut an extra £223m by 2020. A document seen by the Lancashire Evening Post says Lancashire Museums is a ...

  • WEAVERS’ TRIANGLE: Dazzling spectacle to herald new era of town’s heritage landmark

    A STATE-of-the-art light show is set to herald the completion of the initial phases of the former cotton industry heartland in Burnley next week. Thirty short films detailing the town’s storied past and a series of ‘stunning’ projections will light up Slater Terrace as part of the £100million On The Banks celebration at the Weavers’ Triangle. Dame ...

  • Guardian article links to this web-site

    It’s nice when a national newspaper makes reference to Pendle Hill, especially when they provide a link to our web-site… Click Here

  • Pendle Hill Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty gets £2m lottery boost

    The Friends of Pendle Heritage and other groups worked with the Forest of Bowland AONB team on a landscape partnership project earlier this year. It’s great to hear of the success of the first round bid. Further detail is HERE and HERE

  • Work underway on £2 million plan to regenerate Bacup

    Work is now underway on a £2 million Townscape Heritage Initiative project to regenerate Bacup. The Pioneer building is currently being worked on which will see repairs to the clock tower and roof, new shop fronts based on the original design from 1914, and stone and iron works to preserve the heritage aspects of the building, ...

  • Clitheroe Pinnacle restored

    Conservation work on a historic landmark from the Houses of Parliament in Clitheroe has finished two weeks ahead of schedule. Story Here

  • £170,000 conservation work to Sawley Abbey

    After two sets of trials involving lime mortar repairs and soft-topping of the walls in spring 2014 and spring 2015, the repair of the remainder of the  Sawley Abbey ruins is now under way by English Heritage. Heritage Trust for the North West, owners of Pendle Heritage Centre, manages the site on behalf of English ...

  • Leeds Liverpool Canal Lecture

    On a rainy day in October we could be forgiven for expecting a reduced turnout for Andrea Smith’s fascinating account of the Skipton to Barrowford section of the canal.  How wrong we were, with extra chairs brought just in time, the barn was full.  Why, when and where it was built were all explained at ...