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

  • First Pensioner’s Day

    First Pensioner's Day

    Despite awful weather, visitors started to arrive as the doors opened at 11am.  Several derogatory comments were made about the title of this gathering at St Luke’s Parish Hall, Brierfield, the feeling being that just because you are drawing a pension, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you act like a stereotypical pensioner!   Jean and ...

  • Committee Meeting

    Committee Meeting

    The Exec. Committee Meeting had its first meeting of the year in the Friends Room at the Heritage Centre on Tuesday 13th January. A long agenda kept us busy – we had to be escorted out of the building long after closing time! No time for a cup of tea! Exciting plans for future events events ...

  • Moveable Feast – Art Exhibition

    Moveable Feast - Art Exhibition

    Moveable Feast –  at Barrowford’s Pendle Heritage Centre, begins today 10 January and runs till 1 March 2015 on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 11am – 3.30pm Moveable Feast includes figurative and abstract paintings, original prints, drawings, sculpture and ceramics by artists who have exhibited at Gavagan Art, Settle, North Yorkshire.  Mary Gavagan was previously director ...

  • Buckden Bill – a True and Remarkable Story

    Buckden Bill - a True and Remarkable Story

    Last Wednesday the barn was packed to hear Richard Matthews and Brian Jeffery tell a story that in turn was both humorous and sad but ultimately enthralling.  Richard’s gift for telling a story, together with painstaking research kept the audience riveted to the subject as he unraveled how a mystery that puzzled many for over half a century ...



    Watershed Landscape initiative wins national award North West Sound Archive in Clitheroe Castle set to close Brierfield heritage trail set to be created UPVC windows in Colne Conservation Area Burnley Heritage Articles by Roger Frost Burnley Weavers’ Triangle new footbridge opens Blackburn students plant 30 trees in Corporation Park Flood-hit Crawshawbooth church set for new role Accrington Pals Church hosts special television broadcast Darwen ...

  • Pendle Heritage Centre re-opens Boxing Day

    Pendle Heritage Centre re-opens Boxing Day

    Wishing you a Happy Christmas! Just a reminder that the Heritage Centre is closed Christmas Day but open on Friday, Boxing Day and thereafter seven days a week, 10am till 4pm. Why not bring a friend or relative for lunch or afternoon tea? You can also browse the art and craft gallery and the heritage bookshop ...

  • Sawley Abbey – Scaffolding comes down

    Sawley Abbey - Scaffolding comes down

    Sawley Abbey has been enclosed in scaffolding most of the year for conservation work, we reported it going up in April. The work has proceded very slowly but the last of the scaffolding came down on Friday 19th December and work has now finished for the winter.     Many of the walls lost their original outer ...

  • Fascinating Remnants of Greenfield Mill, Colne

    Fascinating Remnants of Greenfield Mill, Colne

    Greenfield is a historic hamlet with a Conservation Area and Local Nature Reserve (LNR) side-by-side, between Colne and Barrowford. Last Thursday, Paul Clough, the volunteer warden and manager showed me some of the physical remains of the demolished Greenfield Mill that lie close to the surface in the reserve. Greenfield Mill was originally Colne’s medieval ...

  • All Souls Bolton – Restoration Completed

    All Souls Bolton - Restoration Completed

    Over 2014, Friends have been attending conservation training on the building site of All Souls Church Bolton. The church is the one with the large red-brick tower which you see when you enter Bolton from Darwen. It was designed by Paley and Austin, the lancaster architects that also created St Silas’ Church, Blackburn and St Cuthbert’s ...

  • Manchester: Alchemical City – Episodes 4 and 5: Music and Vision of the Future – presented by Jeanette Winterson

    Manchester: Alchemical City – Episodes 4 and 5: Music and Vision of the Future - presented by Jeanette Winterson

    The cotton had gone, the ship canal had gone, the money had gone. In episode 4 Jeannette takes an unexpected turn by delving into the last 50 years of Manchester pop music. From Herman’s Hermits to Joy Division and The Smiths, making music that moved beyond the stereotype of the northern practical man. In the final ...