Heritage Trust for the North West / Heritage Trust North West is a registered Building Preservation Trust, established in 1978 as a charity and company.[1]

Formerly known as the Lancashire Heritage Trust, it has rescued and restored many buildings of architectural interest at risk in Lancashire. In 1996 Lancashire Heritage Trust merged with the North West Buildings Preservation Trust which had similar aims and enlarged its remit to cover the North West of England, a requirement of the Charity Commission.[2] Subsequently, the trust has developed projects in Manchester, Liverpool and Cumbria.

The aim of the trust is to restore and find new and appropriate uses for historic buildings and encourage good design and craftsmanship. It has retained some of the buildings it has restored to provide funding for further projects. Others are open to the public forming a network of historic places.

Up to October 2006 the trust's headquarters were in Barrowford, a building which is now the Pendle Heritage Centre, founded in 1977, and one of the trust's flagship projects. The heritage centre attracts over 100,000 visitors a year. Since October 2006 the trust's headquarters are at Higherford Mill, a Grade II listed building owned by the trust and restored as a centre for creative industries.[3]

Buildings within the Trust

Bank Hall, Bretherton

The trust is involved with projects and buildings including:

Building Name Town Use & Reference
Higherford Mill Higherford, Nelson Art & Craft Centre[4]
St Mary's Church Nelson Church[5]
Lomeshaye Bridge Mill Nelson Derelict[6]
Lomeshaye Weaving Sheds Nelson Derelict[7]
Terrace houses Whitefield, Nelson Private Residence
25-27 Church Street Slaidburn Unknown/ Residential
Mona House Morecambe Artist Studio[8]
Bank Hall Bretherton Derelict, awaiting restoration[9]
25 Wallgate Wigan BRIDGFORDS LTD
St Luke's Church Cheetham Hill, Manchester Derelict, awaiting restoration[10]
The King's Head and 3, Freckleton St Blackburn Offices[11]
Welsh Presbyterian Church Liverpool Derelict[12]

Visitor Centres

The trust has the following visitor centres:

Pendle Heritage Centre, Barrowford in 2009
Pendle Heritage Centre in August 2009.
Building Name Town Further Notes
Pendle Heritage Centre Barrowford Also houses Pendle Arts Gallery & Park Hill Cottages[13]
The Folly Settle Houses the Museum of North Craven Life[14]
Lytham Hall Lytham St Annes Georgian Country House[15]
Heysham Heritage Centre Heysham Coastal Visitor Centre[16]
Sawley Abbey Clitheroe Cistercian Monastery ruins and visitor centre[17]
Slaidburn Heritage Centre Slaidburn Houses the Slaidburn Village Archives[18]
Lytham Hall, Lytham St Annes

Associated Groups

The trust has involvement with many groups, including:


Exhibition Name Place Notes
Banastre and Swinglehurst Families Pendle Heritage Centre, Barrowford Opened with the Centre in 1977–present.[19]
Pendle Witches Pendle Heritage Centre, Barrowford Opened with the centre in 1977–present.[20]
Historic Buildings in Wigan and the Douglas Valley Pendle Heritage Centre, Barrowford June 2006 - August 2006 Featured buildings in Greater Manchester, Wigan and the Douglas Valley, including Standish Hall, Ackhurst Hall and Worthington Hall and a small display on Bank Hall, once owned by Lord Lilford, lord of the manor of Atherton.[21]
Archaeology Exhibition Pendle Heritage Centre, Barrowford September 2010
Architectural Heritage Exhibition St Mary's Church, Nelson Opens May 2012 and will feature building materials from across the HTNW projects.[22]


  1. ^ http://www.charitiesdirect.com/charities/heritage-trust-for-the-north-west-508300.html
  2. ^ http://www.htnw.co.uk/leaflets/HTNWProjectsv5.pdf
  3. ^ Heritage Trust North West, Lancashire County Council, retrieved 2011-07-26 
  4. ^ HTNW (2010) "Higherford Mill, Barrowford", http://www.htnw.co.uk/hmill.html
  5. ^ HTNW (2010) "St Mary's Church, Nelson", http://www.htnw.co.uk/stmarys.html
  6. ^ HTNW (2010) "Lomeshaye Mill, School and Bridge Cottage", http://www.htnw.co.uk/lmill.html
  7. ^ HTNW (2010) "Lomeshaye Mill, School and Bridge Cottage", http://www.htnw.co.uk/lmill.html
  8. ^ HTNW (2010) "Mona House, Morecambe", http://www.htnw.co.uk/mhouse.html
  9. ^ HTNW (2010) "Bank Hall", "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-06. Retrieved 2011-10-06. 
  10. ^ Mason, C (2007), "St Luke's Cheetham Hill", https://www.flickr.com/photos/chrismason32/3217224983/
  11. ^ HTNW (2010) "The King's Head and 3 Freckleton St, Blackburn", http://www.htnw.co.uk/khead.html
  12. ^ http://www.skyscrapernews.com/buildings.php?id=447
  13. ^ HTNW (2010) "Pendle Heritage Centre, Park Hill, Barrowford", http://www.htnw.co.uk/phc.html
  14. ^ HTNW (2010) "The Folly, Settle", http://www.htnw.co.uk/folly.html
  15. ^ HTNW (2010) "Lytham Hall", "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2011-03-20. 
  16. ^ HTNW (2010) "Heysham Heritage Centre", http://www.htnw.co.uk/heysham.html
  17. ^ HTNW (2010) "Sawley Abbey, Clitheroe", http://www.htnw.co.uk/sawley.html
  18. ^ HTNW (2010) "Slaidburn Heritage Centre - The Slaidburn Village Archive", "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-06. Retrieved 2011-05-12. 
  19. ^ Heritage Trust North West, Lancashire County Council, retrieved 2011-07-26 
  20. ^ Heritage Trust North West, Lancashire County Council, retrieved 2011-07-26 
  21. ^ Past Forward Issue 43 (pdf), Wigan Culture and Leisure Trust, p. 3, retrieved 2012-01-25 
  22. ^ HTNW (2011) "Caring for Stone Buildings in Pennine Lancashire", Page 20.

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