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

  • Tony Robinson – Walking through History – Wycoller Hall

    Tony Robinson - Walking through History - Wycoller Hall

    If you missed it, you can still see Tony Robinson visiting the Wycoller Hall ruins in his Channel 4, Walking through History programme on the Bronte family – click here to open the page. Over 2013 and 2014, the Pendle Heritage conservation group re-opened the views to the Hall  which had become blocked by saplings and ...

  • Heritage in the Press – June 2015

    Heritage in the Press - June 2015

    Here are the local heritage stories of the past month… Clitheroe area… Metal detector unearths treasure in Waddington £250,000 facelift will boost Clitheroe and its economy Clitheroe church will share funding boost Hidden gardens open to public Restored Georgian mansion gardens open to public Slaidburn Steam & Vintage Vehicle Display Rossendale area… Thirty properties to benefit from £2 million Bacup THI scheme Barclays announce plans ...

  • Conservation of Lomeshaye Bridge Mill

    Conservation of Lomeshaye Bridge Mill

    On the invitation of the Heritage Trust for the North West, Thursday’s Friends committee meeting (25th June) was held at the newly restored Lomeshaye Mill, the most recent of the Trust’s conservation projects. After the meeting, which concentrated on the Friends’ autumn and winter programmes, John Miller gave us a tour of the now largely restored ...

  • Visit to Sizergh Castle Gardens

    Visit to Sizergh Castle Gardens

    The blazing sunshine of East Lancashire had turned to dull cloud by the time we reached Sizergh Castle, just south of Kendal. Nevertheless, it was a great day out, albeit ‘men only’ with regard to members of the gardens group (what happened ladies?). Sizergh isn’t a castle at all, rather a medieval fortified house, subsequently extended ...

  • Heritage Garden Open Day and Strawberry Tea 20th June 2015

    Heritage Garden Open Day and Strawberry Tea 20th June 2015

    On a damp June afternoon a surprisingly large number of people, from all over East Lancashire and beyond, arrived at the Heritage Centre. Following a “welcome” drink on the Chevassut Garden lawn, with classical music playing in the background, they followed a map of the site to the beautiful 18th Century Walled Garden which was looking ...

  • Open Gardens Archaeology Dig – 20 June 2015

    Open Gardens Archaeology Dig – 20 June 2015

    Heritage Open Gardens and Strawberry Tea Archaeology Dig – 20 June 2015 The forecast was wrong – the sun arrived just after 4pm, when I was trying to type this with one hand desensitised by at least three hits of nasty Nelly the nettle. Aah the hazards of extreme archaeology. A few months ago the archaeology ...

  • Wycoller Hall site almost weed free

    Wycoller Hall site almost weed free

    The site at the back of Wycoller Hall is now almost weed free following the spray in the Spring. I had a good meeting today with the Ranger, Sarah Dornan, discussing how the conservation group could best conserve the historic features there, while also trying to discover more about the mysterious walls, which appear to ...

  • ‘Rain Stop Play’

    'Rain Stop Play'

    It was ‘rain stop play’ for the morning session of the gardens group but things improved a bit later on. As there was little to do in the walled garden, now all set for Saturday’s open afternoon, it was the turn of the woodland walk for some tlc and some not so tlc also! A ...

  • Historic Places & Neighbourhood Planning

    Historic Places & Neighbourhood Planning

    I went to a fascinating evening event in Manchester centre Wednesday, 10th June, about the new neighbourhood planning process and how it is working with regard to heritage and Liverpool city centre, especially the Baltic Triangle and Waterfront areas. The session was led by Dave Chetwyn who is managing director of Urban Vision Enterprise, as well ...

  • May Excavation – Craggs 2 & 2b

    May Excavation - Craggs 2 & 2b

    Our most recent excavation took place over 2 days in May at an altitude of approximately 1000 feet. The purpose was to determine the construction method of the old bank & ditch features that divide parts of the site. Pre-dig analysis had determined the features to be at least 300 years old, this figure has ...