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Last Update: 03 February 2009

[River thru Barrowford]
Picturesque Barrowford (Pendle Water)

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Books on Barrowford

Barrowford is a linear village situated to the north of Nelson on the A682.  It has 17th and 18th century farmhouses and handloom weavers' cottages alongside the later 19th and 20th century mills.  Pendle Water streams through the center of the settlement past historic Park Hill, home of the Pendle Heritage Centre and the beginning of the Pendle Way.

The Packhorse Bridge near Higherford Mill is the oldest in Barrowford, dating back to the end of the 16th century.  It formerly lay on the old main road to Gisburn which was superseded by the Turnpike road built in 1804.

Park Hill, now home of the Pendle Heritage Centre, was the family home of the Bannisters from the 15th century until recently.  Roger Bannister, who ran the first 4-minute mile, is a descendent of this local family.  The current buildings were constructed in the 17th century and are currently undergoing much modernization to extend the facilities of the Heritage Center.

A couple of local snippets are:

  1. in 1774 John Wesley, the Methodist preacher, had to hide in what is now the White Bear Inn, on Gisburn Road (just opposite the park, by Pasture Lane), when he was chased by a local mob.  Before it was the White Bear, this building, built in 1607, used to be the home of cotton king, John Hargreaves.
  2. A group of young men, partial to a bit of nettle pudding, and frequenters of the Lamb Club (also known as "Bank Hall", a Jacobean house dating from 1696, not far from the White Bear) had a little task to perform before they were allowed to drink there.   They had to go out onto the moors to eat the pudding and recite this tongue-twister, "Thimblethwrig and Thistlethwaite, who thinking to thrive through thick and thin, through throwing three thimbles hither and thither was thwarted and thwacked by thirty three thousand thick thorns."  No wonder they had to say that before they had a drink!

Although most of the mills have long since gone from Barrowford there is still one remaining - the East Lancs Towel Company, founded in 1932 in the Park Mill in Halstead Lane.  One of the very last mill type properties was (March 1999) demolished; the Carrington Viyella plant on Gisburn Road.  It is now (August 2000) the site of a new housing estate and Macgregor Europe Ltd, a logistics and warehousing company.

[In 1999 there was 72,500 sq ft leasehold warehouse and offices in Barrowford.  It was available at Ipris International Limited (link no longer works).]

Check out Jim Sanderson's personal pages about his life in Barrowford since 1932!

See the BBC Lancashire virtual tour of Barrowford.

Key Features

bullet1 Schools
bullet2 Children's Resources
bullet3 Shops
bullet4 Doctors, Dentists & Pharmacies
bullet5 Pubs & Restaurants
bullet6 Others
bullet7 Books


Places of Interest

Description Location Comments

Barrowford Show

Barrowford Show 1998

The Park Annual show held on/near August Bank Holiday.

Barrowford Primary School

Barrowford County Primary School

Rushton Street A Web Site maintained by the pupils and staff of the school.

Barrowford Park

Barrowford Park

Gisburn Road Large park and playground stretching most of the length of the village.

Pendle Heritage Centre

Heritage Centre

Colne Road Pendle Heritage Centre is set in a picturesque range of Grade II listed buildings known as Park Hill which lie by the bridge in Barrowford.  Open all year round (except Christmas) daily from 10am to 4.30pm, the Centre lies at the start of the Pendle Way and is the ideal place to learn about the area, get advice on what to see and how to get there.  You can browse in the Parlour Shop, relax in the Garden Tea Room and wander in the Walled Garden and the Woodland Walk.

For more Info, write: The Director, Pendle Heritage Centre, Park Hill, Barrowford, BB9 6JQ, UK

Telephone: (+44) 01282 695366, Fax: (+44) 01282 611718

Or visit their website.

Click on this picture of the old St Thomas' Church ruin to enlarge.
Ruin of St Thomas' Church

Church Street The church was destroyed by fire in 1964.  More pictures.



Barrowford Primary School

Web Site: Official Website (old non-official site)

See the Schools & Colleges in Pendle page


St Thomas' Church of England School

Headteacher: Mrs A. Lloyd

Address: Wheatley Lane Rd, Barrowford, BB9 6QN

Phone: 01282 614462



Web Site:


Nelson & Colne College (annex)


Address: Scotland Road, Nelson, BB9 7YT/Annex: Barrowford Road, Barrowford.

Phone: 01282 440200

Fax: 01282 440274


Web Site:

See the Schools & Colleges in Pendle page.


Children's Resources

Barrowford Children's Library

Barrowford Park

Heritage Center





Phone (01282)

Angles 1 Forest View, Barrowford 690416
Ashworth & Tennant Jewellery 2 Ingham Street, Barrowford 616813
Avista Travel 99 Gisburn Road, Barrowford 610990
Bannisters Bakers 117 Gisburn Road, Barrowford 615098 / 617831 (fax)
Barrowford Safe & Lock Services 4 King Edward Terrace, Gisburn Road, Barrowford 617362
Beech's Butchers 106 Gisburn Road, Barrowford 612797
Carousel Children's Wear 99 Gisburn Road, Barrowford 692352
Chocolatier Hudson Gray
(Online sales of excellent chocolates!)
133 Gisburn Road, Barrowford

[ Shop now closed - not sure about online sales - site currently down]

611300 / 865225 (fax)
Coffee Culture Park Mill, Halstead Lane, Barrowford 617200
Cromwell Group Travel 1 Cromwell Terrace, Barrowford 691755 / 602728 (fax)
Dacatie Stress Clinic Dacatie House, Halstead Lane, Barrowford 618148
Dei Kau ( now closed) Church Street, Barrowford 611190
East Lancashire Towel Co. Park Mill, Halstead Lane, Barrowford 612193
Electrical Sales (Nelson) Ltd 63a-63e Gisburn Road, Barrowford 696317 / 611632 (fax)
Enigma 101 Gisburn Road, Barrowford 618914
Hairforce 21-23 Gisburn Road, Barrowford 603606
Heritage Cars 213 Gisburn Road, Barrowford 618033
Illstons Furnishings The Corn Mill, Church Street, Barrowford 617351
Indigo Rooms ( now closed) 137 Gisburn Road, Barrowford 603746
Institute of Health & Beauty 5 King Edward Terrace, Gisburn Road, Barrowford 616458
Julie Holmes Hairdressers 97a Gisburn Road, Barrowford  
The Last Trading Post 97b Gisburn Road, Barrowford 612195 / 619412 (fax)
Little Feet 1 Nora Street, Barrowford 698111
Mihan (Chinese Furniture) 79-81 Gisburn Road, Barrowford 699688
Nursery Time Gallery by the Park, Gisburn Road, Barrowford 615291
Peek a Boo Lingerie 114 Gisburn Road, Barrowford 697779
Plunkett's HiFi 4-6 Gladstone Terrace, Gisburn Road, Barrowford 614444 / 695185 (fax)
Presentation Decatie House, Halstead Lane, Barrowford 690676
Pulse 134 Gisburn Road, Barrowford 613135
Robert Anthony The Fountains, Gisburn Road, Barrowford 611196
Samuel James 75-77 Gisburn Road, Barrowford 612139
Sarah Hargreaves Hairdressers Dacatie House, Halstead Lane, Barrowford 611044
Scruples Mensware 85 - 87 Gisburn Road, Barrowford 695770
Sundial Florists 102 Gisburn Road, Barrowford 616384
Velvet 5 King Edward Terrace, Gisburn Road, Barrowford 699797


Doctors, Dentists & Pharmacies



Phone (01282)

Ashworth, I. Dr Barrowford Surgery, Ridgeway, Barrowford 612621
Tandon, O.P & U. Drs 147 Gisburn Road, Barrowford 614142
Barrowford Dental Practice 59 Gisburn Road, Barrowford 611844
Newbridge Pharmacy 61 Nora Street, Barrowford 617317
Village Pharmacy 137 Gisburn Road, Barrowford 612639


Pubs, Clubs & Restaurants



Phone (01282)

Barrowford Conservative Club Gisburn Road, Barrowford 614002
Barrowford Working Men's Club David Street, Barrowford 615472
Rood Bar & Brasserie 117 Gisburn Road, Barrowford 616006
The George and Dragon Gisburn Road, Barrowford 612929
The Lamb Working Men's Club 2 Church Street, Barrowford 613149
The Old Bridge Inn 146 Gisburn Road, Barrowford 613983
The Victoria Hotel 18 Gisburn Road, Barrowford 615281
The White Bear Inn Gisburn Road, Barrowford 440931
Zio Ristorante The Fountains, Gisburn Road
Barrowford, BB9 6DT





Phone (01282)

Barrowford Library Ann Street, Barrowford 613038
Barrowford Post Office 110 Gisburn Road, Barrowford 616301
Barrowford Youth Centre Bull Holme, Wilton Street, Barrowford 698057


Books on Barrowford

"Barrowford (Lancashire)", Peter Whitman, Hardback 76 pages ( 1 November, 1997)

"Sedman or Caedmon? : A Personal Journey Through the History of the Sedman Family of Hackness, Fylingdales and Barrowford, 1550-1945", Garrioch Sedman, Paperback ( 2 April, 1995)

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