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Hopwood DePree and Hopwood Hall

Hollywood actor Hopwood DePree, ably supported by Geoff Wellens, met a crowded audience in the Sessions Room at the Old Boar’s Head on Thursday. Geoff outlined the history of the hall while Hopwood, who is descended from the old Middleton family, inspired everyone with his vision for the medieval building which is in a ruinous…

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East Lancashire Railway hosts Edgar Wood

Filming continues apace on the documentary film ‘Edgar Wood – A Painted Veil’… In 1922, Middleton artist and architect, Edgar Wood left England, leaving his wife Anne behind, to live in Imperia, North West Italy. East Lancs Railway’s Summerseat train station stood in for Hale Station, Cheshire. Anne Wood was played by actress Sarah Crowther…

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Andy Marshall wraps up Golden Cluster Month 2017

Middleton architectural photographer, Andy Marshall, wrapped up Middleton’s month long heritage festival on Saturday with an enjoyable workshop sharing tips and secrets in the art of heritage photography (above). It marked the end of a great Golden Cluster Month this year, spoilt only by the rain restricting the Middleton Archaeological Society’s digs at Clarke Brow and…

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Hopwood Hall opening

Hopwood Hall opening… Members of the public were given the rare chance to glimpse inside the historic 12th century Hopwood Hall manor home for the first time in over 30 years on the Heritage Open Day on Saturday 9th September. Full Story Here  …

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Hillcrest and Briarhill, Rochdale Road Listed

Edgar Wood’s 37-39 Rochdale Road, Middleton have been listed grade II by the government because of their special architectural and historic interest. The pair of semis lie next door to Redcroft and Fencegate, one pair representing the countryside and the other the town. Hillcrest and Briarhill, their original names, are the “town” design and are…

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Hopwood Hall – restricted opening Heritage Open Days

For the first time in over 30 years the significant Hopwood Hall will have a few areas open for public viewing. The building is currently derelict and a new effort is being launched to save and preserve the estate led by Hopwood DePree, a descendant of the Hopwoods. With original timbers dating back to 1426,…

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Ancoats Dispensary – Good News! – The Ancoats Dispensary Trust has secured a £300,000 grant towards the restoration of the building. There has been a flurry of reports in the media. Here are three with photos…

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Hopwood Millers Cottage Excavation – Update

This is the third season of excavation at Hopwood Millers Cottage by Middleton Archaeological Society. If you fancy a go at archaeological excavation, just leave a message below and we’ ll get back to you. Click Here for more about the cottage. In 2015 and 2016 we uncovered the western and central parts of the…

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The Edgar Wood Society had a successful day out on 12th August and have posted a nice set of photos of Pownall Hall  HERE

New footbridge over the River Irwell – Part of the Ordsall Chord project, the bridge takes you into Manchester’s railway past and provides a view of the Stephenson Bridge. It is almost complete but not yet open to the public. Photos and report HERE

Edgar Wood Comes Home!

Filming on the Edgar Wood documentary has taken an unexpected turn. Edgar Wood was present at Long Street Church! The June shoot caused a bit of a stir as Mr. Wood gave us a guided tour of his first masterpiece – Long Street Methodist Church and Schools built in 1901. Fact is, there was a…

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