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’s Hidden Valley – Field Walk

    Pendle's Hidden Valley - Field Walk

    Today’s walk was sunny and very enjoyable. It began with several of us pushing a minibus that had broken down! We looked at a wide range of landscape features and buildings which lay south-east of Sabden village, including Dean House built in the 1560s, perhaps the oldest surviving house in the Pendle area. We found many ...

  • Wycoller Landscape Study – Parson Lee Farm Barn

    Wycoller Landscape Study - Parson Lee Farm Barn

    Five of us got together to have a close look at this extremely fine barn, which lies at an angle next to Parson Lee Farm. This is a mid-1700s double-pile farmhouse facing south. It contains a textile production room facing north. The barn is earlier, c.1600, and is stone built with a heavy flag roof, pinnacles, ...

  • Summer Header Photo by Kat Weatherill

    Summer Header Photo by Kat Weatherill

    Our new header photo for the summer was taken by Pendle photographer Kat Weatherill for a June blog about the Pendle Sculpture Trail. Kat trained and worked in horticulture and garden design before changing her profession to photography. It shows in the fresh and natural feel of her photographs. Kat’s website has a great portfolio ...

  • Wycoller Monuments Project 10 – last meeting before Summer break

    Wycoller Monuments Project 10 - last meeting before Summer break

    Our tenth and final meeting of this season was a rainy affair where we only got going after lunch. We began with a review of the work done this year and last and agreed that the setting of the various monuments and bridges is now much enhanced. We have steadily improved the immediate vicinity of ...

  • Heritage in the Press – May

    Heritage in the Press - May

    Here is a selection of May’s heritage stories… Clitheroe launches new town trail New Great War book looks at village of Earby Whalley Abbey: well worth a visit this summer How the Civic Trust saved Burnley Wood School Haworth Art Gallery Stables set to become art studio Wycoller is a real gem to visit

  • Archaeological Report on Bracken Hill Barn

    Archaeological Report on Bracken Hill Barn

    Just to update people, the report on Bracken Hill Barn, Wycoller, nr. Colne is now being being written and will be published shortly. On 18th June and 2nd July we have two survey days to make further progress.  In addition to the barns sheephouses will also be surveyed.

  • Clitheroe Library Reappears at Last

    Clitheroe Library Reappears at Last

    One of Clitheroe’s finest buildings has just reappeared after being wrapped in scaffold and sheeting for many months. The elaborate stonework of the Carnegie Library has been carefully restored and protected by Lancashire County Council. It now looks splendid in its landmark location. The building was designed in 1904 by Blackburn architects, Briggs and Wolstenholme who ...

  • Wycoller Hall Excavation – 17th May

    Wycoller Hall Excavation - 17th May

    We had a great sunny Saturday, excavating to the rear of Wycoller Hall as part of the Wonders and Mysteries of Wycoller day.  In the adjacent Aisled Barn there was an exhibition of our last dig at Wycoller, the site of the Georgian Hot House plus a collection of prehistoric finds by a member of ...

  • Wycoller Monuments Project 9 – Getting ready for Saturday’s Excavation

    Wycoller Monuments Project 9 - Getting ready for Saturday's Excavation

    The site at the rear of Wycoller Hall is coming along. In Autumn it was an inpenetrable wasteland of saplings, brambles and weeds, now it is a largely plant-free area that can be easily walked across. There are still problems to be tackled, like a big pile of stone tipped on the site, but we ...

  • May Garden

    May Garden

    The kitchen garden has become a subtle green oasis over the last two weeks.  I have added some photos to the Spring Pinterest Board which I hope you will like. Many thanks to our gardeners and garden volunteers for all their efforts. If you fancy spending some time helping out in the garden, just contact Angela ...