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

  • 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 ...

  • Fieldwalking in Higher Cloughfold – Deadwinclough Vaccary

    Fieldwalking in Higher Cloughfold - Deadwinclough Vaccary

    After meeting at the Corner Café in Crawshawbooth 9 intrepid vaccary hunters nipped out between showers and drove to Marl Pits Leisure Centre car park, Rawtenstall (BB4 7SN).  Our aim was to find the location of Deadwinclough vaccary. The date was 10th May. We walked up Newchurch Road and turned into Dobbin Lane.  Here there is ...

  • Roger Bannister’s Four Minute Mile

    Roger Bannister's Four Minute Mile

    Sixty years ago today the runner Roger Bannister, descendant of the Bannisters of Park Hill, Barrowford, achieved the ‘impossible’ by breaking the four minute mile. It was a true landmark of physical human achievement. Today and the rest of this anniversary year we celebrate his wonderful achievement which is being remembered around the world. Here ...

  • The Hoffmann Kiln

    The Hoffmann Kiln

    A wonderful example of industrial history can be found less than one hours traveling from our area.  I am referring to the Hoffman Kiln at Langclife  near Settle. The Kiln was invented by Friedrich Hoffmann in 1858 and was widely used in the brick making industry. The  kiln at Langcliffe was built in 1873 and was ...

  • Wycoller Monuments Project 8

    Wycoller Monuments Project 8

    It was good to meet up with the gang of volunteer wardens and Friends of Wycoller after having three weeks off. There was a slight sense of urgency as we began preparations for the ‘Wonders and Mysteries of Historic Wycoller’ event on 17th May, but not enough to stop us observing Blue Tits nesting via ...

  • April Garden Photos

    April Garden Photos

    Things are warming up at Park Hill with more visitors arriving each day. The gardens are also coming to life and photos taken by Joe on 30th April have been added to the Spring Pinterest Board. Many thanks to our gardeners and garden volunteers for all their efforts. If you fancy spending some time helping out ...

  • Bluebells are Out

    Bluebells are Out

    The annual bluebell carpets at Spring Wood are now almost fully out.  They are one of the best shows of blue bells you will see.  It was a cold dull day but they still looked impressive.  Spring Wood was once owned by the monks of Whalley Abbey and was originally called Oxheywoode. It formed part ...

  • April Showers from Pendle Hill

    April Showers from Pendle Hill

    We were on Pendle Hill watching the showers sweeping across Blackburnshire this Saturday evening. Then we got caught in one! David M.

  • Ightenhill Manor – £30,000 Grant for archaeology

    Ightenhill Manor - £30,000 Grant for archaeology

    Ightenhill Parish Council has been awarded almost £30,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to undertake archaeological and interpretation work at the site of the ancient Ightenhill Manor House. In medieval times, Ightenhill was the organizational centre of the vaccary farms of Pendle, Trawden, Accrington and Rossendale Forests. Full story here.

  • Pendle’s Hidden Valley, Field Walk 26th April 2014

    Pendle's Hidden Valley, Field Walk 26th April 2014

    Please find attached the field walk report here 140426Craggs