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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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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Manchester’s London Road Fire Station – latest

Good news for those following the progress of Manchester’s London Road Fire Station, a grade II listed building at risk. Planning permission has been approved for it to be refurbished and expanded for an hotel and spa, restaurants, bars, flats and offices.

BBC report HERE

Edgar Wood’s First Church of Christ Scientist for sale

First Church of Christ Scientist has been used as a religious centre for the past decade or more but is now on the market for a new owner and a change of use.

The agent Canning O’Neill has been appointed to market the 6,000 sq ft building in Manchester’s Victoria Park. Details are HERE.



Archaeological remains of an early Anglo-Saxon Church found on Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Archaeological remains of an Anglo-Saxon church have been discovered on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne in Northumberland. A Heritage Lottery funded community excavation has uncovered sandstone blocks, foundations and an altar base of a church nave and chancel. The remains are located on a ridge on the island called the Heugh and experts are speculating that it was part of the Celtic monastery where St. Aidan raised…

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Filming Edgar Wood’s home in Italy

Anthony Dolan is now back from filming in Italy. Here is his report and some photos… Leo Lagorio, an Edgar Wood collector and historian, was an invaluable guide for all the location filming. He is well acquainted with Mrs. Rosa Quaglia, the nonagenarian owner of Edgar Wood’s home at Monte Calvario, Liguria, Italy. Mrs. Quaglia…

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Just a quick update of the Edgar Wood film… Anthony Dolan is currently filming in the sunshine at Edgar Wood’s retirement home at Porto Maurizio, Imperia, Italy.

Edgar Wood filming gets under way

Shooting for the new Edgar Wood film has begun, mainly in Hale and Lindley, two Edgar Wood outposts each with a fine collection of buildings. Hale is in Trafford borough and Lindley in Huddersfield and both are just 20 minutes drive from Middleton on the motorway. The Hale Edgar Wood buildings are all large houses with Halecroft…

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New film on Edgar Wood

Over Christmas, Anthony Dolan and the Heritage Film Group put in a Lottery bid for a film about the life and work of Edgar Wood… and they were successful! Since then there has been a flurry of organising, buying equipment, setting of dates, contacting building owners and actors interviewed. Filming will commence next month, based at the Edgar Wood…

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Edgar Wood’s Jubilee Fountain Steps & Exedra now being restored

The Edgar Wood and Middleton THI has another project on the go under the watchful eye of conservation officer Sue Oakley… Edgar Wood’s Jubilee Fountain. The actual drinking fountain disappeared a long time ago and is not proposed for reinstatement (too expensive!). Instead, the structure is being conserved and stabilised, which means removing the steps…

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