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

  • Eclipse over Blackburn

    Eclipse over Blackburn

    The event of the week was the eclipse. Here is a set of eighteen photos viewed from Blackburn. The weather was cloudy with the eclipse just appearing now and then, when the cloud got a little thinner. It actually made the photos easier to take and more interesting. Click or tap on the montage to ...

  • Spring Gardening – March

    Spring Gardening - March

    Five members of the Heritage Gardens Group got stuck into some practical work yesterday (18th March) with some bed tidying in the walled garden and some woodland maintenance. We also started work on plant labelling and a leaflet identifying where the historic plants are located. We planned a programme of practical sessions on Wednesdays starting at ...

  • Field walking in Wolfenden Booth vaccary – Saturday 14th March

    Field walking in Wolfenden Booth vaccary - Saturday 14th March

    Our mission was to find the extra pasture of Wolfenden Booth vaccary, which is known to be in Cowpe. We set off from the car park in Waterfoot, crossed the river and made our way up a steep track several inches deep in leaf litter. Halfway up the track a heron was seen flying to its ...

  • Genetic study answers centuries-old questions

    Genetic study answers centuries-old questions

    A fascinating new study published in Nature has answered some centuries-old questions of history such as ‘were the Celts ever a single people?’ or ‘did the Saxons wipe out the native British?’. Here are three reports with slightly different takes on the study… BBC report Independent report Guardian report

  • Golden Balls, Batchelors ’ Buttons and Naked Ladies

    Golden Balls, Batchelors ’ Buttons and Naked Ladies

    Now there’ a title of a talk which arouses the curiosity in all of us. Anne Eves gave us a talk on plants and gardens which she finds inspires her the ‘would be gardener’ to successfully create her perfect garden’. Anne drew her inspiration from many sources including gardens from all around the uk. Plants themselves ...

  • Samuel Holden’s Mill 1937

    Samuel Holden's Mill 1937

    Samuel Holden’s Mill  1937 Please click on the link to see an historic film of Samuel Holden’s Mill filmed in 1937 With thanks to Peter Copestake …..Pendle Movie Makers http://youtu.be/Nea2ScU-PLw

  • HERITAGE IN THE PRESS – February 2015

    HERITAGE IN THE PRESS – February 2015

    Independent stores are the future of town says retail expert Public consultation for Rishton canalside ‘masterplan’ Project seeks to find the past of Brockhall and Calderstones East Lancs cotton industry subject of TV documentary Civic Society’s ‘dismay’ at proposals Plans to transform Waterfoot primary school into housing Haslingden clock to be restored Future of derelict Stacksteads chapel discussed Pioneer buildings set for revamp ...

  • Prince’s Trust and Incredible Edible at Pendle Heritage Centre

    Prince's Trust and Incredible Edible at Pendle Heritage Centre

    The Prince’s Trust has chosen to join Incredible Edible on a project at Pendle Heritage Centre. Eight young people from the Princes Trust have taken on the task of designing and implementing an edible garden for the local community near the Cruck Barn. Now they have started, it’s a race against time – they only ...

  • Spring in the Air!

    Spring in the Air!

    The Garden Group was let loose today as four of us joined Peter Aldred to begin preparing the walled garden for Spring. We attacked the moss which had grown on the beds over the winter (see before and after) and cleared branches and saplings in the wood behind. The rain stayed away and we had ...

  • The Hidden Valley – The Story So Far

    The Hidden Valley - The Story So Far

    Alex Whitlock gave an interesting talk last evening on the initial results of the field walking and investigations undertaken over the last 12 months by the Archaeological Group.   Potentially pre Conquest, possibly prehistoric, sites have been discovered in the valley near Sabden, some of which  have been incorrectly labelled in the past.  A typical example was a ...