Excellent news for these times. Blackburn with Darwen Council should be congratulated.
It is often forgotten that the bridge over Pendle Water is also a listed building, like the others at Park Hill.Continue reading “Barrowford Bridge”
Inside, the Pendle Heritage Centre museum traces the history of the Park Hill over six hundred years. It includes a three storey archaeological excavation of the interior.Continue reading “Vernacular Buildings Museum”
The Georgian staircase window of the Clerk’s House is unusual in having a variety of window types merged into one.Continue reading “Park Hill staircase window”
The old hall at Park Hill sits behind the Clerk’s House. There is over hundred years difference in their dates.Continue reading “Two houses together”
The barn is another building of the Pendle Heritage Centre. It has a complex history and interesting features, including a built-in dovecote.Continue reading “Park Hill Eighteenth Century Barn”
Behind its walls, the Park Hill eighteenth century garden and its garden museum look lovely in the snow.Continue reading “Walled Garden, Park Hill”
In the 1700s, the rambling picturesque qualities of Park Hill fell out of fashion. People wanted their buildings to be neat, tidy and symmetrical.Continue reading “Clerk’s House, Pendle Heritage Centre”
The front of Park Hill is the most picturesque of the views of the Pendle Heritage Centre with its cottage garden and old world charm.Continue reading “Park Hill, Barrowford, Pendle Heritage Centre”
The New Malt Kiln at Higherford is one of the strangest buildings saved by Heritage Trust for the North West. It’s tall shape and very steep roof makes it look like a witches hat… quite fitting for Pendle Witch Country, perhaps!Continue reading “New Malt Kiln”
Higherford Mill and its chimney on the hillside behind are truly amazing old buildings. The mill has the oldest weaving shed in the world which was powered by a rare twin race water system as well as steam power.Continue reading “Higherford Mill and Chimney”
As of 4pm on Wednesday Evening, 4 November 2020, the Pendle Heritage Centre will be closed until the 2nd of December, in accordance with Government announcements. All at Pendle Heritage Centre and Heritage Trust for the North West would like to thank everyone for their custom and support through this difficult time.
This has some great vintage scenes of Pendle Hill and the nearby places. Check out the retro cars and clothes too!
Pendle Hill is a great walk whether you set off from the Nick ‘o’ Pendle, Barley, the Big End or Pendleton. But what if you wanted something shorter or less arduous? Great Hameldon on the opposite side of the Calder valley gives such a lot for relatively little effort. Continue reading “Great Hameldon Hill”
The first grant project of the Blakey Moor Townscape Heritage Initiative, Blackburn is now successfully completed.
The Ribblesdale Hotel was built just after 1900 and in more recent times was known as ‘Baroque’ owing to it’s corner dome. It’s really a blend of Jacobean and Elizabethan features in a busy style made popular by the Victorian architect of London’s Palace Theatre, Thomas Edward Collcutt (1840-1924), who also designed Blackburn Museum not so far away. Whether Collcutt also designed the Ribblesdale Hotel is not known but the style was used by many other architects.
The restoration was undertaken by the surveyor Andrew Davies of Blackburn with Darwen Council guided by the Council’s Conservation Officer, David Morris. The original colour scheme was restored after paint samples were taken. The project has been a great success and the transformation shows how conservation can transform the character of our heritage areas for the better.
Photograph: John Miller (Director HTNW), Peter Taylor (Friends of Bank Hall, Chorley), Austin Grady and David Parfitt (CSNW).
Austin Grady, who has headed up Conservation Services North West (CSNW) for the last ten years, has finally decided the attractions of retirement can no longer be ignored!
Austin has led several important conservation projects in his time at CSNW, including the heroic saving of Tonge Hall, Middleton (listed grade II*) after a devastating fire which left it in a critically unstable condition.
Working alongside surveyor Alan Gardner, and operating from a cherry picker, Austin skillfully deconstructed the tangled and dangerous mess of the half-collapsed timber frame hall. He carefully logged and stored the constituent parts before carrying out exemplary carpentry repairs to the main structure, leaving the stabilized building protected by a scaffold cage.
Other notable projects include the restoration of the derelict former King’s Head PH, Blackburn (grade II listed), another building on the point of collapse, and the repair and conservation of Lomeshaye Bridge Mill in Whitefield Conservation Area, Nelson, Bank Hall, Bretherton (listed grade II*) and Lytham Hall (listed grade I).
Conservation Services NW, which is the building arm of Heritage Trust for the North West, will greatly miss Austin’s conservation skills, commitment and all round professionalism. We wish him a great retirement!
COUNCILLORS unanimously voted in favour of a resolution to extend and amend Pendle Heritage Centre’s lease prior to its transfer from Pendle Borough Council to Barrowford Parish Council last night. Continue reading “Pendle Heritage Centre’s Lease to be Extended and Amended”
For 41 years, The Pendle Heritage Centre has held a long lease from Pendle Borough Council. Although we used to receive a small grant, we have had nothing for several years now.
So how have we kept going? We have ramped up our commercial activity considerably. We host weddings and parties, conferences and meetings, and all manner of events – check out our Five Star Facebook ratings! Continue reading “Future of The Pendle Heritage Centre Hangs in the Balance”