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

  • A Visit to the Movies

    A Visit to the Movies

    Peter Copestake of Pendle Heritage Moviemakers started our Wednesday afternoon movie meeting with a fascinating film describing the history and restoration of the wonderful 18th century garden at our Heritage Centre. Interestingly, there will be an Open Day on 20th June with free admission to the garden, strawberry and cream teas, an archaeological dig and ...

  • Bough Gap Mill, Winewall

    Bough Gap Mill, Winewall

    Bough Gap Mill is shown on the Trawden Tithe map which is almost 10ft square and covers Trawden and reaches north to the river at Ball Grove too. It is dated 1844 but was updated to about 1849. Unfortunately the map has localised damage making it hard to read in places. I attach 3 photos ...

  • Saturday 4th July – Barrowford Lifestyle Festival

    Saturday 4th July - Barrowford Lifestyle Festival

      One to put in your diary Saturday 4th July! Barrowford Lifestyle Festival is set to be a great family day out with something to suit the whole family! Here are some details… The Barrowford Lifestyle Festival is a new family event which will be held on Saturday 4th July 2015 located on Barrowford park and playing ...

  • Final woodland jobs before Easter

    Final woodland jobs before Easter

    Peter Aldred supported by volunteers Norma, Anthony, Joe and David have been getting the woodland walk ready for Easter visitors to the Heritage Centre.

  • April Community Heritage Newsletter

    April Community Heritage Newsletter

    The April edition is just published by Lancashire County Council, click on the link below… 18. 2015 April CH Newsletter  

  • HERITAGE IN THE PRESS – March 2015

    HERITAGE IN THE PRESS – March 2015

    Grade II listing for Nelson Scout memorial £3.7m. means Brierfield Mills development can go ahead Blackburn library and railway station renovations nominated for major awards Nature reserve plan for old Clitheroe reservoir Housing minister visits Bacup to discuss plans to transform the town Lottery investment boosts key Dry Stone Walling skills in the North West Amazing discoveries at demolition of Cloth ...

  • The Barn – keeping on top of things

    The Barn - keeping on top of things

    The Friends have been quietly keeping on top of things at the barn, working alongside Angela, the Heritage Centre manager – getting the sound system and loop working, buying a new screen (one for the Green Room also), carrying out a survey of the building, checking the floor levels and getting the roof re-felted. We are ...

  • First phase of the Edible Garden finished

    First phase of the Edible Garden finished

    Many thanks to the volunteers, Lancashire Fire & Rescue, Prince’s Trust and Incredible Edible who constructed the path and planting boxes and sowed the seeds by the Cruck barn. It’s a great project. Here are the names of those who took part…  

  • New excavations at Star Carr

    New excavations at Star Carr

    Three Friends of Pendle Heritage attended a fascinating lecture hosted by Middleton Archaeology Society, near Manchester.   It was given by Dr. Chantal Conneller who is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Manchester but also expert in flint technology and refitting co-director at Starr Carr, the Mesolithic archaeological site near Scarborough, North Yorkshire. The ...

  • Searching for Cockshutts – from Australia

    Searching for Cockshutts - from Australia

    Ted (Edmund) Flack lives in Brisbane Australia and is searching for information about the Cockshutt family (his grandmother’s family on his father’s side), who lived in the Pendle area from the 17th Century.The family oral tradition is that the Cockshutts were influential in the establishment of the Cotton industry in NE Lancashire. There is also ...