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

  • Talk on medieval landscape of Pendle and Trawden Forests

    The Friends Chairman, David Morris, gave an illustrated talk on the Pendle Heritage archaeology group’s research on the enclosures and vaccaries of the Pendle and Trawden Forests to the Upper Wharfedale Field Society. Around fifty people came to the Octagon, Grassington and the event was friendly and enjoyable. It was a good time to renew ...

  • Battle of Hastings: Site of ‘sequel’ battle tracked down to north Devon

    Battle of Hastings: Site of ‘sequel’ fight between sons of King Harold and the Normans tracked down to north Devon The follow-up battle in 1069 tracked to a quiet valley between Devonshire towns of Appledore and Northam…. Click here if you can’t resist a good Saxon vs. Norman story!

  • Lasers reveal ‘lost’ Roman roads

    Lasers reveal ‘lost’ Roman roads Archaeologists are using Environment Agency laser mapping data to rediscover hundreds of kilometres of ‘lost’ Roman roads. Since 1998 the Environment Agency has used lasers to scan and map the English landscape from above to help with work such as flood modeling and tracking changing coastlines. But these LIDAR (Light Detection and ...

  • Gardening Rained Off – but not quite

    The gardening group was rained off for not the first time this winter. However, there is one job that benefits from rain and soggy ground. This is the clearing of grass and vegetation off cobbles as the water loosens the roots. So we had a ‘set-to’ on the cobbles against the raised planter bed we ...

  • Cheshire Roman treasure hoards on display for first time

    Cheshire Roman treasure hoards on display for first time The Knutsford and Malpas Hoards are on display at Museum of Liverpool until 19th June, Click Here for more information.

  • Why is London’s Garden Bridge worth as much as five Lancashire museums? Ask Joanna Lumley

    Why is London’s Garden Bridge worth as much as five Lancashire museums? Ask Joanna Lumley The cultural shockwaves of the closure of the 5 Lancashire museums continues and, in this article, the issue is compared with what some see as a London vanity project, the cost of which would keep the Lancashire museums going for half ...

  • Museum Closures… the national picture

    Museum Closures… the national picture After cuts forced Bradford to send its photo archive to London last week, battle lines are being drawn on the future of key museums outside the capital. CLICK HERE for story.

  • New finds at Bronze Age ‘Pompeii’ Must Farm quarry

    New finds at Bronze Age ‘Pompeii’ Must Farm quarry CLICK HERE for latest update on this exciting dig.

  • Daily Mail article on Accrington Conservative Club

    Downfall of a political giant: Inside the eerie ruins of Britain’s biggest Conservative Club where the elegant ballroom and grand staircases are crumbling to dust. The Accrington Conservative Club building is a desolate shell in the town, near Blackburn, Lancs The building was the largest Conservative Club in the country when it first opened its doors back ...

  • Blackburn Cotton Exchange to be saved

    Blackburn Cotton Exchange to be saved One of Blackburn’s most iconic buildings, the Cotton Exchange, is to be transformed into restaurant, bar and theatre. Click here for the story and a set of photos.