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

  • Heritage in the Press – September 2015

    Heritage in the Press – September 2015

    September’s Heritage Open Days seem to have inspired a lot of heritage stories and comment… Colne, Barrowford and Nelson  area… Delight over heritage area’s transformation in Nelson 10-year Whitefield regeneration scheme complete Whitefield celebrates decade of improvements The reign of cotton mills Fence hotel plan: latest Northlight Mill opens doors for action-packed weekend Husband and wife unearth layers of town’s rich coal mining ...

  • Autumn and Winter Programme Published

    Autumn and Winter Programme Published

    The Friends events programme is now available. Click Here to download the pdf. Special Events include a Heritage Walk of Barrowford on 28th October and a Museum Open Day and Lancashire Tea on 21st November. The Talks and Lecture programme covers a wide range of local interest… canals, turnpikes, archaeology and buildings.

  • Bood-Red Lunar Eclipse – over Blackburn

    Bood-Red Lunar Eclipse - over Blackburn

    28th September 2015 – the sequence took an hour starting about 3.15am – just slight cloud – it was a wonderful sight! Click to enlarge…

  • Workhouses of the North

    Workhouses of the North

    Our lecture season got underway Friday evening (25th September) with a most interesting and informative talk from Peter Higginbotham, entitled ‘Workhouses of the North’. From as early as 1601 laws were passed to provide ‘out relief’ for the able bodied poor but it wasn’t until 1723 that parishes were granted the right to refuse ‘out ...

  • Summer jobs coming to a close

    Summer jobs coming to a close

    The Barn conservatory is now looking good following its repair and redecoration, while the draught proofing (so essential for the winter lectures!) is also done. Meanwhile, a stone’s throw away, the gardening group planted some flag iris in the woodland area and generally pruned things back, at its meeting on Wednesday 16th September. This coming Wednesday, ...

  • Textile Buildings Opened for Heritage Open Days

    Textile Buildings Opened for Heritage Open Days

    Heritage Open Days weekend (12-13th September) was ‘bonanza time’ for lovers of mills and machinery with Higherford Mill, Weaver’s Triangle, Oak Mount Mill Engine, Haslingden Grane Mill Engine, Queen Street Mill and Bancroft Mill Engine all open to the public. As well as being shown around the historic building, visitors to Higherford Mill  could also ...

  • Pendle Heritage Centre in Lancashire Life

    Pendle Heritage Centre in Lancashire Life

    Don’t miss September’s edition of Lancashire Life where there’s an article on Pendle Heritage Centre and its walled garden. Called ‘Pendle Passion’ by Rebekka O’Grady, Peter Aldred and Bob Anderson of the heritage centre are both interviewed. The article also covers Barrowford shops, including Michelle B and Fleur Centre… in all good newsagents now! The article ...

  • Before and After…

    Before and After...

    Just to let everyone know that the repair and redecoration of the barn is underway, supported by the Friends. Thanks everyone.

  • Heritage in the Press – August 2015

    Heritage in the Press – August 2015

    Here are the local heritage stories of the past month… Burnley and Padiham area… Major conservation work underway at Gawthorpe Hall Lottery project costing £1.16m aims to restore Thompson Park buildings and structures Historic Burnley pub facelift under wraps Historic mill to be demolished in Burnley centre to make way for shops 200-year history of the Bull Hotel site Accrington and Oswaldtwistle ...

  • Gardens Group Update – 19th August

    Gardens Group Update - 19th August

    It’s a late summer scene in the garden at the moment, with the last of the summer flowers making a show. It’s a lovely place to be. There are lots of jobs to do and we had a fun time working on the woodland walk and helping Jacqueline, the gardener, with pruning back the plants ...