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

  • Reports on Helmshore Mill and Queen Street Mill closures

    MP battles on to save ‘treasure’ Read more: http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/14241108.MP_battles_on_to_save____treasure___/ Plea to save Queen Street Mill from savage cuts Read more: http://www.burnleyexpress.net/news/local/plea-to-save-queen-street-mill-from-savage-cuts-1-7674201#ixzz3yyYiu9h1 Plea’s for people to come forward and save Burnley’s Queen Street Mill Read more: http://www.2br.co.uk/news/local-news/1853792/pleas-for-people-to-come-forward-and-save-burnleys-queen-street-mill/ One in five regional museums at least part closed in 2015, says report Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/jan/13/one-in-five-regional-museums-at-least-part-closed-in-2015-says-report

  • Save Wycoller campaign reaches national press

    Click Here to read the Guardian report.

  • Remains of 800 children unearthed in Blackburn

    Remains of 800 children unearthed in Blackburn The remains of 800 children are among 1,967 bodies to be exhumed by archaeologists at St Peter’s Burial Ground in Blackburn. The bodies are being unearthed and moved ahead of the construction of a new section of road through the area. Click Here for the BBC Report

  • Padiham Townscape Heritage receives funding

    Padiham Townscape Heritage receives funding Burnley Council has received initial support for the Padiham Townscape Heritage Initiative bid, from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Padiham ‘Crafting the Future’ project. Click Here for more

  • Trough Laithe site, Barrowford to be developed

    Trough Laithe site, Barrowford to be developed Access has been granted to the Trough Laithe site by Pendle Council where up to 500 homes could be built. The area is believed to comprise parts of a medieval pasture enclosure, part of the Forest of Pendle vaccaries complex established around 1290. In an often tetchy three hour meeting ...

  • Gardening Group has a sunny day!

    We had a nice time in the garden on a lovely sunny January day – perhaps the only one this year! We hardly needed the log fire in the shop. Both the walled garden and woodland are looking a lot better than they were this time last year – something which made us reflect on ...

  • Newhallhey vaccary fieldwalk

    Despite the cold weather a group of intrepid field walkers met at The Corner Café for refreshments and discussion of the walk. We then drove to Bury Rd Rawtenstall, parking near The Whitchaff. We walked along Bury Rd and turned down a footpath which crossed the railway and led to a grassy area with items from ...


    There is now a petition, Save Lancashire’s Archaeology from Cuts. If you wish to know more or to sign CLICK HERE. The truly shocking cuts to services at Lancashire County Council are slowly becoming known. But one cut that seems to be under the radar is the closure of the County Archaeology Service and the Historic Environment ...

  • Rhyddings Park set to be transformed with £2 million lottery grant

    Rhyddings Park £2 million lottery grant Rhyddings Park, Oswaldtwistle is set to be transformed by a £2 million lottery grant, thanks to the Heritage Lottery and Big Lottery Fund. CLICK HERE for more

  • Goodbye Vienna by Christine Wilshaw

    On a cold January day, around 30 people attended the first afternoon talk of 2016.  A teenage Jewish girl leaves Vienna on the Kindertransports in 1938 to escape the Nazis. Finally arriving in England and fostered by a wonderful British family she went on to marry at only 17 years old and become a mother ...