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

  • Pendle Heritage Garden group – Wed. 25th February

    Pendle Heritage Garden group - Wed. 25th February

    There were 7 of us at the meeting, minus David and Joe whose car broke down on the way! All agreed that the purpose for the meeting was to get the gardening details organised. Peter gave us a tour of the garden, potting shed and the store to locate tools etc. We then agreed some ...

  • Mesolithic Wheat?

    Mesolithic Wheat?

    Does this underwater discovery change our understanding of prehistory? See here.

  • Bancroft Mill Engine Museum News

    Bancroft Mill Engine Museum News

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  • Pendle`s ‘Hidden Valley’ – Field Walk February 14th

    Pendle`s 'Hidden Valley' - Field Walk February 14th

    After the usual ritual of gathering in our ‘office’ aka the café at the Heritage Centre, eight of us reassembled on the eastern fringes of Roughlee – where our number increased to nine. Our route took us over the stream, up a well made medieval track and onto the old ridge top road. We followed this ...

  • Gardening Group – Snowdrop Trip to Lytham Hall

    Gardening Group - Snowdrop Trip to Lytham Hall

    The group had a wonderful trip to see the snowdrops at Lytham Hall today (Sunday 15th Feb). We arrived in cars shortly after lunch when the grounds were busy but not uncomfortably so. Later, we learnt that well over a thousand people had visited. The sun shone and, as the snowdrops were so good, we ...

  • HERITAGE IN THE PRESS – January 2015

    HERITAGE IN THE PRESS – January 2015

    Haworth Art Gallery in line for transformation thanks to £550,000 lottery grant Housing plans for landmark Bacup buildings Campaign to save historic Clitheroe pinnacle Historic collection of documents to remain in Lancashire county archives Tributes to one of first Asians to arrive in North West Accrington Town Hall ballroom restoration to be unveiled ‘Fab Lab’ centre set to transform Blackburn’s Victorian Quarter Is ...

  • Blackburn hosts the World’s Oldest Conductor

    Blackburn hosts the World's Oldest Conductor

    There wasn’t a lot of time after Friday’s Gardening Group to get back home, have tea and find our way to Blackburn for the evening Hallé concert. I like King George’s Hall. It’s is big classical edifice and a much friendlier place than the Hallé’s own Bridgewater Hall. For those into architecture, it was designed ...

  • Gardening Group meets up for first time

    Gardening Group meets up for first time

    Just over a dozen Friends met at the barn on Friday 30th January to discuss setting up a gardening group at Pendle Heritage Centre. We were ably supported by Peter Aldred, the head gardener. It was a good friendly meeting with plenty of ideas. Nine people wanted to help out in the garden, some having their ...

  • Archaeology Group sets 2015 programme

    Archaeology Group sets 2015 programme

    Twelve people came to Saturday’s archaeology group at the Heritage Centre. We looked at the pot from the bloomery excavation at Sabden Fold and then ‘set to’ with organising the programme for the rest of the year. This will be uploaded to the calendar shortly.

  • Second Pensioner’s Day

    Second Pensioner's Day

    St John’s Church in Nelson was this week’s venue and this time there was even a sign outside announcing the event!  For whatever reason there was a bit of a buzz about the event this time and certainly more people coming through the doors.  The turnout of FPH members was really encouraging so thanks to ...