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

  • New report – Heritage Makes You Happy and Healthy

    New report - Heritage Makes You Happy and Healthy

    According to a new study and a report in the Telegraph , heritage makes people happier, healthier and most prefer a touch of history to that of sport. The study summary is here

  • “Alexander” Tomb Update

    "Alexander" Tomb Update

    The so-called “Alexander” tomb excavation continues to enthrall those interested in ancient Greek history.  A coffin and skeleton has now been found. Here is an update.

  • John Rylands Library Publishes Textus Roffensis online

    John Rylands Library Publishes Textus Roffensis online

    Fascinating context to the time when the Blackburnshire Forest vaccaries were being set up, if only it was translated! See the Guardian Report, Wikipedia and translate it yourself at Textus Roffensis online  

  • Heritage in the Press – October

    Heritage in the Press - October

    Ken Spencer, Burnley local historian, named as volunteer of the year Wind turbine controversy in Pendle Borough Win turbine proposed for near for Darwen Tower Bromley Cross Station being considered for listed status Bellmanpark Lime works, Clitheroe officially ‘at risk’ Finsley Gate Wharf, Burnley gets conservation funding Accrington town centre wins Heritage Lottery Funding Old Blackburn pub signs saved Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership ...

  • Planning Wycoller Events for 2015

    Planning Wycoller Events for 2015

    Saturday 1st November was the Friends of Wycoller AGM and planning meeting for 2015, David M. attending on behalf of Pendle Heritage.  It was a good positive meeting with plenty of events being planned for next year. Lancashire County Council were going to renovate Copy House and a new warden, Sarah, will be moving in ...

  • Autumn Heritage Trip

    Autumn Heritage Trip

    Saturday 12th October saw 15 members travel to Anglesey to view Llanbadrig Church, founded in the 5th century but later decorated with Moorish, Moslem design tiles!  After a rather delayed lunch at the Cooper Kingdom in Amlwch we were conducted on a tour of the new Visitor Centre designed to explain the importance of copper ...

  • Tracing WW1 Ancestors

    Tracing WW1 Ancestors

    Tracing your WW1 Ancestors…….. Wednesday Oct 8th. Our afternoon talk was given by Fiona McIntyre from LCC’s Community Heritage team who last year talked to us about Pendle Murders This time her talk was about tracing  our WW1 Ancestors. We were told of the many sources of information available to anyone tracing members of their family ...

  • Report on Hidden Valley Fieldwalk 6th September 14

    Report on Hidden Valley Fieldwalk 6th September 14

    For those who have been waiting… here is Alex’s report.

  • Report on Hidden Valley Fieldwalk 23rd August

    Report on Hidden Valley Fieldwalk 23rd August

    For those who have been waiting… here is Alex’s report.

  • Excellent Friday Lecture

    Excellent Friday Lecture

    Our evening lecture series got off to a great start on Friday with a fascinating talk by Neal Charlton of the Manchester conservation architects Buttress. It was called New Buildings on Ancient Monuments and took a close look at recent new buildings the practice has constructed on well known ancient monuments, including Clitheroe Castle, Wythenshaw ...