Barrowford

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Trips & Adventures – 29 August 2019

Our trip was to Barrowford, a large village in the Pendle district of Lancashire. We caught bus X43 (The Witchway) to Burnley and then changed to the Higherford bus to Barrowford.

We visited the George & Dragon which served delicious home made food – we were very impressed – before heading to the Pendle Heritage Centre.

This is a museum and visitor centre occupying Park Hill, a two-storey former farmhouse which has a 1661 date stone but was developed over an extended period between the 16th century and the beginning of the 18th century.

Park Hill has been restored using traditional building techniques to provide visitors with an insight on how the house has been developed and adapted and the centre attracts over 100,000 visitors a year. The permanent exhibitions include the story of Park Hill as a working farm, the history of the Bannister and Swinglehurst families who occupied the house and the Pendle witches. Sir Roger Bannister (who ran the first sub-four minute mile on 6 May 1954) is a descendant of the family that once lived here.

To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the trials of the Pendle witches, a new long-distance walking route called the Lancashire Witches Walk was created starting from the Pendle Heritage Centre. Ten waymarkers were installed along the route, each inscribed with a verse of a poem by Carol Ann Duffy.

We enjoyed our visit but the gift shop was a little overpriced – I mean £12.99 for a battered book and no discount offered!

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