Ten reasons to visit Barrowford
PUBLISHED: 14:15 01 December 2011 | UPDATED: 12:15 10 June 2016
You shouldn’t need an excuse to visit this perfect Pendle village but in case you do, here’s ten of the best
1. The town has become a destination for shoppers who love small independent retailers. It’s particularly good for designer clothes shops, attracting well-known names from the world of sport and television. It also has its share of specialist food and drink shops and beauty salons. For a small town it punches well above its weight.
2. St Thomas CofE Primary School is very popular – in fact, it is oversubscribed and it has been deemed ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. With just 120 pupils, head teacher Tracy Heys believes the small numbers allow her and her team to work more closely with the children.
3. This is at the centre of some great walking country. There is attractive parkland, canal-side routes and a variety of rural trails starting from the town centre.
4. Barrowford Park has won national awards for its high standard. It was established in the 1920s as a war memorial and has a lake and wetlands as well as a playground an eight hole putting green.
5. One of the iconic buildings is the White Bear pub built in 1667. It was here that the founder of Methodism, John Wesley, was forced to shelter after being pursued by an angry mob. He eventually escaped via the back door.
6. Pendle Heritage Centre is next to the crossing of Pendle Water. It is formed by a group of Grade II listed buildings and is open every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. At its heart is a restored ancient farmhouse which shows how architecture has changed over the centuries. It is part museum, part exhibition centre and has a walled garden and tearooms.
7. Famous links include one minute miler Roger Bannister, a direct descendent of the family who lived at what is now the Heritage Centre. Mike Phelan, the Manchester United assistant manager, was brought up in Barrowford and started his playing days with Barrowford Celtic.
8. Pendle Water has a small waterfall and it is here that the Environment Agency has built a fish pass allowing salmon and sea-trout to progress up the river to spawning grounds.
9. Barrowford has one of Lancashire’s longest established butcher’s. Beech’s has been sourcing and selling locally-produced meat for more than 50 years and they’ve win national recognition for the quality of their sausages
10. The Lamb Club has to be one of Britain’s oldest workingmen’s institutes. Parts of it date back to the 1690s and some of the material used probably came from an even earlier structure. It was sold to the working men’s movement in 1904 for less than £600. Cheers!