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

  • Last few days to see the famous Ribchester Roman cavalry helmet

    Ribchester Roman Museum is celebrationg its centenary this year and showing off the famous Ribchester cavalry helmet and mask. This was found in the village in 1796 near what was the Eastern gate of the fort but subsequently taken to the British Museum. The helmet was voted Britain’s “second best Roman find”, behind ...

  • Tomb of Alexander the Great Discovered…?

    Of course, serious professionals and academics would never utter such a question but its what the local Greeks are saying and others are just hoping…                     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfnjhCAT20Y    

  • Historic Farm Buildings Group – Lancashire Conference – Sunday

    Yesterday, we visited a host of small to medium sized barns but, today, it was time to see two really big ones. However, before we set off in the coach, Jamie Quartermaine of Oxford Archaeology North gave us a fascinating presentation called ‘Flowing through Time: the archaeology of the Ribble Valley’ introducing delegates to the ...

  • Hidden Valley Field Walk 20.9.14

    Six of us began at Lower Sabden Fold, observing the coaching ‘triangle’ created to allow carriages to negotiate the tricky corner and walked W along the coaching road before turning S down the track to The Old House. The site of our previous bloomery excavation was pointed out to those who had not seen it ...

  • Historic Farm Buildings Group – Lancashire Conference – Saturday

    The conference got underway at 9.15am at Downham Village Hall with a wonderful talk by Joan Grundy about the development of dairy farming in Lancashire from the 17th to 20th centuries and how history impacted on the design of cow sheds and cattle stalls. Joan gave us a real insight into how barns and cowsheds ...

  • Historic Farm Buildings Group – Lancashire Conference Gets Underway

    People from as far away as Cornwall arrived at Downham Village Hall this evening for the  Historic Farm Buildings Group  2014 conference. There was a nice relaxed atmosphere as delegates were eager to study the beautiful Pendleside farms and barns over the next few days. Two members of Pendle Heritage were also there.  HFBG chairman ...

  • Our First Friends Cruise

    Oh what an occasion.  A cruise in warm September sunshine to romantic destinations – such as Liverpool!  A dream come true.  Now I’ve never been on a long cruise but I’m lead to believe that there’s endless good food and drink to be had and so it was for us – even an excellent bowl ...

  • Stonehenge Again…

    Stonehenge just can’t keep out of the news… Barack Obama in Stonehenge visit on return from Nato summit Stonehenge secrets revealed by underground map Stonehenge had ‘huge stone religious sibling’ just two miles away  

  • Enthusiastic amateurs make ‘obvious’ discovery at Stonehenge

    It’s nice to see that the amateur spirit can still contribute… http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2014/sep/01/stonehenge-was-circular-well-blow-me-down  

  • Glen Mills …The end

    A Colne landmark which stood since 1906 finally disappeared on Thursday August 14th.  Glen Mills which over the years provided jobs for many people until the sad decline of the textile trade. The chimney was knocked down using a huge bit of heavy plant, it took only 10 mins…..The end of an era