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

  • Wycoller Monuments Project 4 – 26th February

      For the first time, it didn’t rain (at least not much) and the sun even came out later on. Work was therefore good and we finished clearing back the saplings growing out of the top of the back wall.  We left the overhanging holly and other branches as these shade the wall top, thus discouraging new ...

  • Hidden Valley Field Walk – 22nd February

    Great day.  Report will follow.  Here are some photos.

  • Wycoller Monuments Project 3 – 12th February – Cancelled

    Owing to the most dramatic storm so far this winter, we were forced to cancel this one. Our next meeting is Wycoller Monuments Project 4 on 26th February.

  • Pendle’s Hidden Valley – Field Reconnaissance 8th February 2014

    Pendle Heritage – Archaeology Group Pendle’s Hidden Valley Field Reconnaissance 8th February 2014 The third field reconnaissance session for the Pendle’s Hidden Valley project took place on Saturday 8th February 2014 but in the face of dire weather forecasts, understandably, only 4 stalwarts braved the elements. In the end, despite strong winds we were relatively lucky with ...

  • The Family behind Foulds Lifts

    February 5th 2014 The Family Behind Foulds Lifts David Foulds looked into the history of the local firm E.A. Foulds  of Colne. We were told of the Foulds family who worked as Weavers and then Clogers before becoming Millwrights and eventually one of the countries leading lift manufacturers. Now run by the forth generation of the family. ...

  • Evening Lecture by Professor Glynis Jones

    Professor Glynis Jones of Sheffield University shone a light on some of the latest bioarchaeological research in her lecture “Crops and Weeds: Agriculture in the Past” on Friday 31st January.  She described a project involving the excavation of granaries, with cereal bowls containing charred grains, at the Bronze Age toumba at Assiros, in northern Greece. ...

  • Wycoller Monuments Project 2 – 29th January

    Our second Wycoller Monuments conservation day started like the first…. with rain!  Eventually, it lessened and we were able to get out and pick up where we left off last week, clearing the trees, brambles and other plants that covered the exposed archaeological remains at the rear of Wycoller Hall. We made good progress and the ...

  • Stained Glass and Leaded Lights Conservation Day – Pendle Stained Glass

    Members of the Friends were invited to a stained glass and leaded lights conservation day at All Souls Church, Astley Bridge, Bolton, part of a series of free conservation days. The leaded light windows in the church are being restored by Pendle Stained Glass, Padiham, the company that rescued the William Morris stained glass in the then ...

  • Winter Gardens

    January can result in dull gardens, excessively cut back and tidied up.  However, at Park Hill, the gardeners, Peter and Elaine, allow the natural forms and colours of winter to come through and to decorate the surroundings of the heritage centre.  There is much beauty for those with ‘eyes to see’ through the dull winter ...

  • Archaeology Field Walk, Oakenhead Wood, Rossendale – 25th January

    We were fieldwalking to find physical evidence of the Oakenwood cattle pastures which are recorded in medieval documents. After meeting at Café Tor in Helmshore for refreshment, we drove to High St Haslingden and parked.  We set off down Rock Hall Road, Laund Lane and then Oakenhead Wood Old Road passing along part of the Shoe ...