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

  • Leeds Liverpool Canal Lecture

    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 ...

  • Art Exhibition Update

    Art Exhibition Update

    The Art Exhibition is showing work by 8 local artists and has been well received. Lots of wonderful comments in the visitor book. The Exhibition is open daily from 11am-5pm. The last day is Sunday 25th October.  

  • Trawden Cemetery Clean Up

    Trawden Cemetery Clean Up

    On Saturday 10th October a team of volunteers from the Pendle Methodist Circuit spent an invigorating morning tidying up the historic graveyard over the Mirage in Trawden. This ancient burial ground which dates back to 1687, when local Quakers gave over the land to the Quaker Movement. Since 1858 the cemetery has been used by Non-Conformists, with ...

  • Autumn Trip a Great Success!

    Autumn Trip a Great Success!

      Read what happened, download the pdf by clicking HERE.

  • “A PASSION FOR ART” – Exhibition

    “A PASSION FOR ART” – Exhibition

    Pendle Heritage Centre is holding a delightful exhibition of paintings and prints, hosted by Beresford Whitney Fine Art. There couldn’t be a better way to spend a relaxing Autumn day! The main artists are… Geoff Selkirk with new Landscapes, Jo Taylor with new paintings. Moira McTague specialises in etching and painting inspired by the wildlife of the countryside ...

  • Henry V warship buried in Hampshire

    Henry V warship buried in Hampshire

    Historians and archaeologists have tentatively identified the location of one of medieval England’s greatest ships. Detailed archival and aerial photographic research carried out by British maritime historian, Ian Friel, has pinpointed a 30 metre stretch of the River Hamble near Southampton as the final resting place of one of Henry V’s largest warships – the Holigost ...

  • Rossendale is turning into ‘valley of destruction’ Civic Trust member warns

    Rossendale is turning into 'valley of destruction' Civic Trust member warns

    Peter Wood has warned that the borough is losing its heritage at ‘an alarming rate’ – saying 15 industrial buildings with significant heritage value have been partially pulled down or demolished over the last ten years. FULL STORY

  • Oswaldtwistle ‘fairy caves’ receive £75,000 WREN funding boost

    Oswaldtwistle 'fairy caves' receive £75,000 WREN funding boost

    One of the area’s most threatened scheduled heritage sites has received a major funding boost to ensure it is preserved for future generations. The 200-year-old coke ovens at Aspen Colliery in Oswaldtwistle – known locally as the ‘fairy caves’ – will benefit from £75,000 from WREN’s FCC Heritage Fund. More Here

  • Salterforth heritage project finishes with a party

    Salterforth heritage project finishes with a party

    Led by Salterforth Primary School, the £43,000 lottery funded project entitled “Putting Salterforth on the Heritage Map” has seen pupils craft a ceramic map, create a trail with plaques and make sound recordings. Full story here  

  • REVEALED: New artist’s impressions on Rawtenstall town centre redevelopment

    REVEALED: New artist's impressions on Rawtenstall town centre redevelopment

    New artist’s impressions have been released showing the first phase of a potential ‘£20m redevelopment’ of Rawtenstall town centre. The fresh images of the £3.5m bus station come as part of a consultation on revised plans launched last weekend. Architects have redesigned the scheme to address criticisms from some heritage groups. FULL STORY