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



    As promised, here is the Archaeology report for 22nd February. HVFW 22 Feb 2014 More photos are on the original post here.

  • Publicity and Mailing Workshop – 24th March

    Publicity and Mailing Workshop - 24th March

    Six of us had a nice time in a sunny Barn stuffing evelopes and organising leaflets for libraries. Fun conversation was followed by a great lunch from the tearoom. Our next work publicity and mailing workshop is on Monday 4th April, 10am till noon. Come along!

  • Pendle’s Hidden Valley – 22nd March

    Pendle's Hidden Valley - 22nd March

    Here is a very quick précis of a short day before we got rained off.  We will do the planned walk next time. After separating from out barn recording friends at the Pendle Heritage Centre, four of us did a short walk to the spot east of Sabden where Read History Group found slag on Tuesday. Having ...

  • Wycoller Country Park Landscape Study – Recording Barns – 22nd March 2014

    Wycoller Country Park Landscape Study - Recording Barns - 22nd March 2014

    The weather forecast threatened heavy showers all day but 5 of us managed to sneak in a morning’s recording of the fascinating Bracken Hill Barn, which probably dates to the early 1600s. We returned to finish off some work from last year, mainly to get some final measurements and set-piece photographs with the 28mm shift ...

  • Day Trip to Stoke-on-Trent

    Day Trip to Stoke-on-Trent

    Saturday 15th March.  Ten of us boarded the coach for a day out in that well known tourist trap, Stoke on Trent.  Our first stop was Etruria which our leader assumed was to see the famous Wedgwood factory.  Sadly that was demolished some years ago, what we actually enjoyed was a journey back in time ...

  • William Pickles Hartley

    William Pickles Hartley

    William Pickles Hartley. World famous Jam Maker David Penney gave the Friends an interesting talk about the Colne born and bred successful businessman William Pickles Hartley. Born in very humble surrounding he built up the worlds biggest Jam making business. He never forgot his local roots and gave Colne its Hartley Hospital, his daughter also gave ...



    After meeting at the Corner Café in Crawshawbooth for refreshment we drove to Newchurch Rd in Rawtenstall and parked nearby.  Our aim was to find the likely site of Rawtenstall vaccary (a medieval cattle farm).  We set off up Waingate Lane, walking alongside Balladen Brook.  The path had deteriorated due to the heavy rain and ...

  • Spring comes to Barrowford…

    Spring comes to Barrowford...

    Park Hill and Barrowford Park are also slowly coming to life with the first Spring flowers peeping through.  There is a woodland management project going on to remove dangerous trees and open the tree canopy for better undergrowth on the park slopes.

  • Spring comes to Wycoller Hall

    Spring comes to Wycoller Hall

    It was a warm morning and the ruins of Wycoller Hall almost breathed into life after the wet gloomy winter.

  • Wycoller Monuments Project 5 – 5th March

    Wycoller Monuments Project 5 - 5th March

    We had another good day at Wycoller working on the area behind the Hall. The stumps were poisoned yesterday so we decided to start clearing the moss off the ruined walls at the back of the site while also beginning to clear grass and soil, exposing the old cobbles beneath. In doing so we found ...