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

  • Hidden Valley Field Walk – 15 August 2015

    Hidden Valley Field Walk – 15 August 2015

      PENDLE’S HIDDEN VALLEY PROJECT – 15 August 2015 – FIELD WALK Alex Whitlock It was a day of mixed conditions, with a general trend to improve as the day wore on, all in all quite a pleasant spring day – in high summer. The object of the day’s walk was to have a look at the western ...

  • Medlar tree to celebrate the life of John Tyldesley

    Medlar tree to celebrate the life of  John Tyldesley

    On Saturday 8 August, Joanna Tyldesley and her family and friends were joined by heritage centre staff and friends for a reception to celebrate the life of John Tyldesley, who was the inspiration behind the Garden Museum at the Pendle Heritage Centre. After a buffet lunch and presentation of the Medlar tree, John Miller and Joanna Tyldesly ...

  • Community Heritage Newsletter – August

    Community Heritage Newsletter - August

    Click Here to download Lancashire County Council’s August Community Heritage Newsletter.

  • Heritage in the Press – July 2015

    Heritage in the Press – July 2015

    Here are the local heritage stories of the past month… Rossendale area… Rossendale rebranded The Valley of Distinction to draw in more tourists Hundreds enjoy day of Lancashire heritage at the Whitaker Community gives mixed response to rebrand of the Valley Rooley Moor wind farm plans refused Hundreds respond to survey on Rawtenstall bus station plan 18th Century former Edenfield pub could ...

  • Archaeology Group Update

    Archaeology Group Update

    In the last month or so the Archaeology Group has concentrated on the Hidden Valley project. We have completed Phase 1 – the initial field walking – and have been continuing with our excavations up at Craggs. The latest excavation involved opening up a kiln site. What was being produced is still a mystery, the most ...

  • Sunny day at Holehird for gardens group

    Sunny day at Holehird for gardens group

    It was a lovely day at Holehird Gardens, today – the plants and scenery were out of this world. Hole Hird is a mansion near Winderemere, designed by the Manchester gothic architect, Joseph Stretch Crowther (1820-1903).  Complementing the house is a terraced lower garden with an elevated walk that curves with the landscape, a  gothic ...

  • Barrowford in Bloom – Judgement Day!

    Barrowford in Bloom - Judgement Day!

    The judging day for Barrowford in Bloom was a success despite the rain setting in shortly after the Heritage Centre gardens were inspected. The inspectors (volunteers like ourselves) chatted with the B in B team over coffee at the heritage centre barn before being taken round the walled garden by Peter Aldred. They were impressed ...

  • BBC ‘Fake or Fortune’ reveals church painting is £100k treasure

    BBC 'Fake or Fortune' reveals church painting is £100k treasure

    Tunstall Church, near Lancaster, is one of my favourite medieval buildings and this is my photo of the mysterious dark painting that is hung there. Now it has been restored and it’s provenance ‘rediscovered’ by the BBC – CLICK HERE FOR THE STORY.

  • Visit to Edgar Wood’s ‘Briarcourt’, Lindley, Huddersfield

    Visit to Edgar Wood's 'Briarcourt', Lindley, Huddersfield

    Seven Friends joined the Edgar Wood Society visit to ‘Briarcourt’, Lindley Huddersfield (18th July). This Arts & Crafts house was designed by Edgar Wood in 1894 and built in 1895. It was considered a cutting edge design in its day and even now, after decades of various local authority uses, it is extremely impressive, as ...

  • Festival of Archaeology 2015, Preston

    Festival of Archaeology 2015, Preston

    The Museum of Lancashire, Preston hosted a “Festival of Archaeology 2015” event on Saturday 25th July. Well over 200 visitors enjoyed a day of Archaeology, with lectures entitled “Vikings, Treasure and Politics: the Historical Context of the Cuerdale Hoard” given by Dr Fiona Edmonds of Cambridge University and “The story of the Silverdale Hoard” given by ...