Middleton’s Golden Cluster
Four architectural gems in the centre of one Manchester town… and a whole lot more!
St Leonard’s Church
Grade I listed medieval church with more than 500 years of art, craft, furniture and stained glass.
St Leonard’s is one of Manchester’s oldest and most interesting churches. It has a 12th century arch, a unique wooden tower and the famous Flodden stained glass window – thought to be the oldest glazed war memorial in the UK..
Queen Elizabeth Grammar School
Grade II* listed building and oldest surviving Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in the country.
Granted letters by Elizabeth I in 1572 and opened in 1586, the school was founded by Alexander Nowell of Brasenose College, Oxford. The building is a combination of medieval and Renaissance styles and is a popular venue for events and parties.
Ye Olde Boar’s Head
Believed to be the oldest pub in the north of England. A coaching inn dating from 1632, each oak beam of this timber-framed pub creaks with history and character. And after nearly 500 years of serving refreshment, it’s still a great place to relax!
- Lunch served daily from 12 noon until 2pm.
- Sat Nav: Long Street M24 6UE – see map
The Arts & Crafts Church
Edgar Wood was a Middleton architect who rose to international fame around 1900. His masterful combination of Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts styles can be seen throughout the church and there’s also an exhibition about his life and work.
Make a day of it!
These four buildings are just the core of Middleton’s Golden Cluster which is crammed with interesting buildings and places. See our Heritage Trails.
A good place to start is at Jubilee Library, opposite Ye Olde Boar’s Head P.H. Built in 1889, it is one of the earliest Arts & Crafts libraries in the country. Recent research indicates Edgar Wood was its secret designer. Upstairs, there is the local studies archives for Middleton which are just as perfect for a relaxed browse as for detailed study. Other Edgar Wood designed buildings include houses like, Redcroft and Fencegate, 36 Mellalieu Street, 51 & 53 Rochdale Road and 165 & 167 Manchester Old Road.
All four Golden Cluster buildings are within a quarter of a mile of each other. Please note that there are some steep inclines if walking between them.
By bus, catch the 17 bus from Manchester or Rochdale. If coming by car, three of our sites have small car parks and there is on-street parking at the rear of the Arts & Crafts Church.
There is disabled access to all buildings with disabled toilet facilities at the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School and Arts and Crafts Church.
For further information, please call Rochdale Visitor Centre 01706 924928 or email email@example.com