The centre of the town has preserved its narrow streets of its pre-industrial past. The old traditional industries such as textiles have long gone.
As a reminder of its industrial heritage, Bancroft Mill, one of the last Cotton Mills to close, has been retained as a museum. The mill was the last cotton-weaving shed to be built in Barnoldswick, in 1922. The mill was actually closed in 1978 and largely demolished. The old engine house and chimney remain. The engine house is open to the public during summer and there is a timetable for steamings. On htese days there are also demonstrations of weaving on one of the orignal Northrop looms.
The old mills in the area that were not demolished, have been converted to alternative uses such as the ubiquitous Mill / Factory Shops.