In the heart of this town Holker House has become the home for the Darwen Heritage Centre. A building dedicated to the prolific history of this cotton mill town steeped in stories and stunning architecture. Darwen was home to a strong cotton industry and boasts a visit from Gandhi in September 1931 to address concerns with cotton trading. It was home for Samuel Crompton, inventor of the spinning mule, who lived in Bury Fold Lane, Darwen.
Welcome to Darwen Heritage Centre!
Following the Government announcement advising against non essential social gatherings, it has been decided that the Heritage Centre will be closed with immediate effect. Re-opening will be dependent on future Government announcements. We will keep you informed once we know when this is likely to be.
The Trustees of the Heritage Centre
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During the time that we are closed because of the lockdown DHC is hoping that you can still enjoy being part of the Heritage Centre by taking part in some virtual picture quizzes. If you click on the QUIZ link it will take you to our first picture quiz. Do try it, there is a prize, and do let us know what you think and if you enjoyed it. Thank you. There is still time to take part in the quiz bur it must end on 29th May. Don’t miss the chance to win a prize.
The Centre is run by a group of dedicated volunteers providing displays, regular illustrated talks and various exhibitions on all aspects of the town’s history. We are committed to supporting the local community. Art groups, community groups, ‘friends of’ groups, schools and social groups are welcome to use the Heritage Centre by prior booking for a nominal fee.
Meeting Rooms are available for all community groups.
Corporate and Private bookings can be made.
Other famous Darreners include Sam Wadsworth who became a professional footballer winning 9 caps playing for England between 1922 and 1926; world renowned strong man Bill Hunt; professional golfer Dick Burton who held the Open Champion title for seven years; Margaret Chapman the illustrator and painter; Sigrid Augusta Green, female spy in World War 2 and lead singer of Blancmange, Neil Arthur.
The town is nestled in a valley overlooked by the Victoria Tower, or Darwen Tower as it is more commonly known. Families and visitors walk the moor to this famous landmark for the breathtaking views, whilst down in the town the Grade 2* listed India Mill Chimney rises magnificently 300 feet into the air in the style of an Italian campanile, (bell tower).