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

  • Southfield Methodist Chapel

    A sudden flurry of snow didn’t deter visitors to Southfield Chapel and hamlet near Nelson organised by The Friends of Pendle Heritage on Wednesday 27th April. Believed to be one of only two remaining chapels of its type, John Wesley preached at this location several times in the late 1700’s whilst visiting his friend William ...

  • Craggs Kiln

    We have about 10 more days to finish the kiln dig & things are hotting up (relatively speaking). The wall structure (above) seems to have been repaired at least twice. Note colour of the infill either side of the feature. We have lifted a lump of charcoal (below) from the reddish material. We will be digging every ...

  • Spring Trip to North East

    Trip to Alnwick 11/12/13th April 2016 The coach (from Hodgsons as usual but without our usual driver Ian) left promptly from opposite the Malt Kiln in Barrowford at 8.30 am on Monday 11th April. We drove to Piercebridge where we had coffee/tea and moreish shortbread biscuits at the George Hotel, a 16th century coaching inn. A clock ...

  • Pendle’s Hidden Valley – Impressions Of The Past

    Welcome to the first Pendle’s Hidden Valley blog of 2016. The first fieldwalk – around Admergill (thank you Brian & Richard) – takes place this Saturday & we have already been digging up at the Craggs kiln site. Behind the scenes things have been happening too. Lynn H has been doing sterling work raising funds ...

  • Pitches Available for Barrowford’s Market Day

    Pitches Available for Barrowford’s Market Day A combined Farmer’s, Craft and Car Boot Market… why not book a pitch for Barrowford’s Market Day at Holmfield House Community Centre. See below for details…  

  • Work gathers pace on £32m. historic mill transformation

    Work gathers pace on £32m. historic mill transformation Click Here for the latest on the Brierfield Mills regerneation prject.

  • Digging for Britain – Ribchester

    Digging for Britain – Ribchester Last Night’s Digging for Britain programme on the BBC included an archaeological dig in Ribchester which uncovered evidence of the immediate post-Roman period. It also featured Pendle Heritage member Paul Hickman in excavating mode. Click Here to watch it on BBC iPlayer.

  • Reprieve for Lancashire’s under-threat council museums

    Reprieve for Lancashire’s under-threat council museums Latest news on the museums saga – Click Here

  • Newhallhey vaccary fieldwalk – 12/3/2016 A walk with two puzzles.

    Newhallhey vaccary fieldwalk – 12/3/2016 – A walk with two puzzles Download the report here… BlogNewHallHey2  

  • Gardening Group Meet Up 16th March

    Gardening Group Meet Up 16th March Due to many people being committed elsewhere, it was a quiet session in the walled garden scraping the moss from the beds and doing odd jobs. It was quite cold but you can see the plants slowly coming to life. The box edging around the beds, suffering from box blight, ...