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 1 – 22nd January

    The first meeting of 2014 for the conservation group was a rainy affair,  with a lot of time spent chatting away in Pepper Hill Barn with the park rangers. However, the four of us did manage to get out for a few hours to clear more of the trees growing on the archaeololgy at the ...

  • Visit to Rochdale Town Hall and Co-op Pioneers Museum 18th January

    Over twenty of us took to our cars to visit the famous Rochdale Town Hall and nearby Co-op museum. We weren’t disappointed. Rochdale Town Hall is a giant of a building and possibly the most decorated town hall in the country.  Every room is beautifully painted and carved and the effect is positively overwhelming. The Co-op musem ...

  • Pendle’s Hidden Valley – Field Reconnaissance 11th January 2014

    The second field reconnaissance session for the Pendle’s Hidden Valley project took place on Saturday 11th January 2014 and was well attended with 10 stalwarts setting out from Whalley Golf Club (who kindly allowed us to use their car park). We set out south along Clerk Hill towards Portfield and it was pointed out that this ...

  • Friends January Talk

    Wednesday afternoon was the day of our first talk of 2014. Anne Eves stepped into the gap left in our afternoon talk’s schedule, and what an entertaining couple hours we were in for.  Anne’s  talk covered everything  from life during retirement, dog walking in the park, life as a mature drama student, a tale of ...

  • World War Two bomb found on Pendle Hill

    The heritage of the second world war is very popular these days but here is one item we don’t want to preserve! Full story, video and pics at the Burnley Citizen site.  

  • Queen Street Mill is Listed Grade I

    Burnley’s Queen Street Mill has made national news by being given Grade I listed building status.  The famous Harle Syke mill has the highest listing possible, putting it in the top 2% of all listed buildings. Technically at least, the mill is now on a par with Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey!  This should be ...

  • Harry Moore stepping down at Bancroft Mill Engine

    The Bancroft Mill newsletter has been a great companion over recent years and Harry Moore, who has steadfastly kept us informed and entertained, is now stepping down to concentrate on being an engineer!  Harry’s last newsletter is here… http://www.bancroftmill.org.uk/newsletter.pdf  where there is more information. Thank you for all the hard work Harry and all the best ...

  • Burnley Weavers Triangle in the Snow – early 1980s

    Here are some old photos of Burnley Weavers Triangle before the mighty Clock Tower (or Watts) Mill was burned down and demolished. http://www.pinterest.com/pendleheritage/weavers-triangle-burnley-1980s-in-the-snow/  

  • Christmas with Friends

    Another ‘Christmas with Friends’ event was again enjoyed by all who attended. Our own Friends ‘All Round Entertainer’ Anne Eves once again kept us all entertained with her version of ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’. Following the Quiz organised by Andrea we were treated to Christmas Carols sung by the Nelson Civic Ladies Choir. Singing unaccompanied ...

  • Pendle’s Hidden Valley

    Today, the Archaeology Group had its first meeting for a new project called Pendle’s Hidden Valley which plans to research the distant past of the valley between Portfield and Water Meetings, via Sabden and Newchurch.  We met at the Pendle Heritage Centre with members of Pendle Forest History Group and Read History Group.  In the ...