Heritage Trust for the North West is the leading historic building preservation trust in the North-West of England. It has been saving and conserving buildings since its establishment in 1978. Based in Barrowford, near Pendle Hill in Lancashire, the Trust owns over twenty historic buildings across the north-west of England. These have been saved from destruction and put to various good uses in their communities. The Trust has also conserved buildings which have subsequently been sold on and repaired for various groups, local authorities and owners.
The Trust is the realisation of the work and vision of John Miller who established it initially as the Pendle Heritage Trust in the early 1970s after pioneering historic building conservation at risk in Settle, North Yorkshire in the late 1960s. Under John’s leadership, the Trust quickly expanded becoming Lancashire Heritage Trust and then Heritage Trust for the North West which, under the chairmanship of Ted Stanworth, reached out across the North West region.
Officially retiring as Chief Executive in 2013, John continued to lead the Trust as Hon. Chief Executive until 2017 and then as Hon. Consultant until late 2021 when he completed the Trust’s most recent and daring conservation project, the saving of Bank Hall, Bretherton, a ruinous Grade II* listed building near Chorley, Lancashire. Liz Moss took over as Chief Executive under the chairmanship of John Turner in late 2021 and a new era begins.