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Higherford Mill
Higherford, near Barrowford, Lancashire, UK
associated engineer
Not known
date  1824
era  Georgian  |  category  Building  |  reference  SD861401
Higherford Mill stands adjacent to the bridge carrying the A682 Barrowford to Gisburn road. The Grade II listed building was part of the development of the area's textile industry. It featured in the BBC's Restoration programme in 2006.
The stone-built three-storey spinning mill was constructed in 1824 and was powered by twin waterwheels, turned by a stream from Pendle Water. The waterwheels were later converted to water turbines. The detached chimney shows that steam power was also used on the site.
A weaving shed was built in 1832. In later years, the mill was used exclusively for weaving. It was a working mill until 1969.
In 1999, the Heritage Trust for the North West saved the buildings from demolition. With fundraising and a grant from the North West Regional Development Agency, the mill has been restored and is used by local artists.
Research: PD
"The Ancient Bridges of the North of England" by E. Jervoise
EP Publishing Limited, Wakefield, 1973
"A Guide to the Packhorse Bridges of England" by Ernest Hinchliffe
Cicerone Press, Milnthorpe, 1994
"Seen on the Packhorse Tracks" by Titus Thornber
South Pennine Packhorse Trails Trust, 2002

Higherford Mill