George Cayley

From  https://en.wikipedia.org/ George Caley (10 June 1770 – 23 May 1829) was an English botanist and explorer, active in Australia for the majority of his career. Caley lived much of his life in Middleton and was president of the Middleton Botanical Society which met at The White Hart Public House on Rochdale Road. He corresponded…

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James William Booth

From http://www.artnet.com James William Booth (1867-1953) Booth was a leading member of the Staithes Group. He studied at Manchester School of Art under Elias Bancroft. He was a friend of Fred Jackson. Bancroft and Jackson visited Whitby and Hinderwell to paint and Booth followed. He initially shared a studio with Laura and Harold Knight in…

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Frederick Jackson

From http://www.fwjackson.co.uk/ Frederick William Jackson was born in 1859 at Middleton Junction. He was one of three children, and his father worked as a photographer in Oldham. His two brothers were Vincent Jackson, a musician trained at Leipzig Conservatoire, and Charles Arthur Jackson, who was an art dealer and owned a gallery at 7 Police…

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Thomas Langley

From https://en.wikipedia.org/ Thomas Langley (c.1363 – 20 November 1437) was an English prelate who held high ecclesiastical and political offices in the early to mid-1400s. He was Dean of York, Bishop of Durham, twice Lord Chancellor of England to three kings, and a Cardinal. In turn Keeper of the King’s signet and Keeper of the…

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Samuel Bamford

Samuel Bamford (28 February 1788 – 13 April 1872) was an English radical and writer, who was born and lived in Middleton, Lancashire. Bamford was one of five children born to Daniel Bamford, a muslin weaver, part-time teacher, and later master of the Salford workhouse, and his wife, Hannah. After his father withdrew him from…

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Film – Enlightenment Middleton – watch now

Middleton in the Industrial Revolution and Georgian England – how science and reason took hold – and how individualism and reform came about in South Lancashire through the extraordinary lives of Ashton Lever, George Cayley and Sam Bamford…

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Hopwood Hall

Check out Andy Marshall’s photos of Hopwood Hall Hopwood Hall is one of the truly great buildings of Middleton and Manchester but one which has sadly been abandoned and left to decline for many years.  In recent years, the Council has tried to make amends by providing security and undertaking urgent repairs. There is always…

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Arts & Crafts Church, School and Garden – 1899 architect Edgar Wood

Long Street Methodist Church & School are a striking complex of connected buildings arranged around an ‘outside room’ garden.  Across this space, Edgar Wood integrates a series of opposites – sacred and secular, expression and restraint, axial and informal, and, rational and romantic.  The plain and simple mass of the church contrasts with the complexity…

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Tonge Hall

Tonge Hall is generally regarded as one of the finest examples of Tudor architecture in the country and despite a devastating fire in 2007, still retains many of its original features, including carved oak beams, inglenook fireplaces timber panelling and a wonderful spiral staircase. The building was heroically saved by Heritage Trust for the North…

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Alkrington Hall

The Levers were a merchant family who had acquired large estates in the Manchester and Middleton areas during the Renaissance period of the 1600s. In 1736, Sir Darcy Lever decided to rebuild his family home, Alkrington Hall. Rather than going to local builders, he employed an Enlightenment architect of national importance, an Italian from Venice…

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Arts & Crafts Church

Long Street Methodist Church & Schools are a striking complex of connected buildings arranged around a courtyard garden – the finest Arts and Crafts Methodist Church anywhere. The church is open for worship on Sundays and other days CLICK HERE for details. Guided tours for groups are also available, CLICK HERE for details. Tours also…

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Elm Street School

Edgar Wood and J. Henry Sellers had met up in 1903 and quickly began working on a new type of ‘cubic’ architecture using reinforced concrete and to create buildings not possible with traditional roofs. Elm Street School (now Elm Wood School) was designed as a ‘Board School’. However, it was radically different to the other…

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