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

  • Glen Mills …The end

    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

  • Committee Meeting

    Committee Meeting

    The Exec Committee held their first meeting of the new season,  in the comfortably re organised   “ Friends Room “ at the Heritage Centre, today. We had three hours of lively discussion with lots and lots of ideas put forward. There was not even time for tea and biscuits -this will be remedied next time- hence the slightly glazed look ...

  • Museum Visitors

    Museum Visitors

    This week the Museum welcomed visitors from Leeds University’s Summer School. The Summer School is for overseas students who would like to learn more about British history and culture. I was joined on Wednesday by Janet Suggett and Gillian Greenwood who kindly volunteered to act as Museum guides. We gave the students the full Museum tour, ...

  • Arts and Crafts

    Arts and Crafts

    Having been fortunate enough to be invited for a day trip to see some Arts & Crafts highlights organised by the Friends of The Edgar Wood Centre in Middleton, five FPH members boarded a coach bound for Cumbria. Our first stop was at Staveley Parish Church to view the magnificent East window designed and built by ...

  • Clearing the Kitchen Garden – Day 2

    Clearing the Kitchen Garden - Day 2

    We had another good day with another set of volunteers. The area is now largely cleared and almost all the tree work is done. The final group are coming tomorrow to finish this session off. Thanks to everyone!  

  • Wycoller landscape project – Barns and Sheep Folds survey

    Wycoller landscape project - Barns and Sheep Folds survey

    Today, we had a wonderful time in brilliant sunhine checking out barns and at Parson Lee, Dean Clough and Bank House Farms and two lost sheep folds on the higher land east of Raven’s Rock Farm. The sheep folds were all partly collapsed but still easily traced and measured. On our way back we came across ...

  • Clearing the Kitchen Garden – Day 1

    Clearing the Kitchen Garden - Day 1

    We began to clear the kitchen garden yesterday. We first removed useful plants, to recycle in the garden, then the weeds and then cut backoverhanging branches from the trees by the little stream. It was a lovely hot day though fortunately for us, we were working in the shade. The next work day is Thursday (tomorrow).

  • Saltaire and a less than respectable family!

    Saltaire and a less than respectable family!

    With only 11 participants rather than the planned 17, we arrived at Saltaire United Reformed Church at 11.30am as instructed and were ushered in by an extremely common mill girl, Ellin Dooley.  As we sat relaxing in the pews, she introduced Mrs Caroline Hill ‘who is ever so good to me, you know.  Why only ...

  • Wycoller Landscape Study, Recording Barns

    Wycoller Landscape Study, Recording Barns

    Having recorded and measured the big barns, we are now looking at the smaller and often ruined structures. These, like the one we saw on 2nd July near Turnhole Clough, are often on higher land at the periphery of the country park. Marked as one of several sheep folds on maps, we arrived at our subject ...

  • Heritage In The Press – June

    Heritage In The Press - June

    Here is a selection of news items on local heritage. Just click on the links… Urgent repairs needed for Queen Street Mill Great Harwood Conservation Area expanded Elderly village plan for Brierfield Mills Rossendale School children search for family of tragic war brothers Burnley plans Lottery bid for restoration of Thompson Park Roger Frost begins series of 12 articles on Burnley ...