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

  • Goodbye Vienna by Christine Wilshaw

    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 ...

  • Must Farm Excavation Update

    Must Farm Excavation Update Amazing discoveries at Must Farm in Cambridgeshire are giving a detailed glimpse of life in Britain 3,000 years ago. Two contrasting reports… http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/a6806786.html http://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jan/12/a-bronze-age-pompeii-archaeologists-hail-discovery-of-peterborough-site Must Farm excavation website http://www.mustfarm.com/    

  • Pendle’s Hidden Valley Project – 2015 review

    Pendle's Hidden Valley Project - 2015 review

    Happy Christmas one & all, and a Merry New Year. Yesterday Dave Oyston (United Utilities) and I went up to the Cragg’s kiln dig site for probably the last time this year. The sun shone brightly and it was a joy to be there patching up the fencing and taking in the ever changing scenery. ...

  • Walled Garden in Winter

    Walled Garden in Winter

    This winter is exceptionally mild, so far. The garden is normally closed to visitors over the winter months but can be opened on request. Though most plants have died down, there are signs of life here and there. The organic Orleans Reinette apples are just maturing and can be bought for £1 a bag from ...



    LATEST – FIVE THOUSAND HAVE NOW SIGNED THE PETITION!  The cutting of the entire Countryside budget would be less than 0.2% of the £262m savings that Lancashire County Council are required to make. It makes no sense to desolate Wycoller and the other country parks for such a minuscule amount! Wycoller on its own is ...

  • Churches Together Carol Service

    Churches Together Carol Service

    A traditional carol service, organised by local churches, was held in the Cruck Barn on Tuesday 15th December. This very atmospheric annual event was followed by coffee and mince pies served in the cafe of Pendle Heritage Centre.

  • Friends Christmas Party

    Friends Christmas Party

    The Friends held their Christmas party (organised by some members of the Archaeology Group) in the barn on the evening of Saturday 12th December. There had been torrential rain that day and a lot of flooding but only one person was unable to come. A quiz started the evening. After indulging in an excellent buffet ...



    A petition to save Queen Street Mill Museum, Burnley and Helmshore Mills Museum, Rossendale has been launched to save these internationally important museums of Lancashire’s cotton and wool industries.  SIGN THE PETITION HERE Details of the planned closures can be found in national and local newspapers and on the Museums Association website… see below Independent Newspaper Report ...

  • Celebrating Lancashire Day – Banner at Pendle Heritage Centre

    Celebrating Lancashire Day - Banner at Pendle Heritage Centre

    Towns across the county celebrated in a variety of wonderful ways for Lancashire Day, 27th November. The day dates back to 1295 when the county sent its first representatives to parliament. It is traditionally observed with the loyal toast to The Queen and the Duchy of Lancaster. Hot on the heels of last Saturday’s Lancashire ...

  • New use for Grade II listed Holmes Mill, Clitheroe

    New use for Grade II listed Holmes Mill, Clitheroe

    A PROPOSED renovation of one of Ribble Valley’s oldest mills could potentially create more than 100 full time and part time jobs. Applicant James Warburton of Emporia Leisure Ltd wants to transform the Holmes Mill in Clitheroe into a 31 bedroom hotel with a restaurant, bar, bakery, function room, two retail outlets and a gym and ...