Listing of Jodrell Bank is extended – Manchester University’s own space station has had another six of its amazing structures listed by Historic England. Photos and report HERE

Manchester’s six best churchesClick Here for the six best churches in the City of Manchester as selected by New Manchester Walks expert, Ed Glinert.

Edgar Wood’s First Church of Christ Scientist is one of them; and how different it is to all the others!

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

Jubilee Park gets a restored Edgar Wood staircase and a Green Flag

July was a busy month for Jubilee Park. First, the restoration of Edgar Wood’s Jubilee Park Staircase and Fountain was finally completed. The project had to abandon restoring the fountain early on because of the cost – but perhaps this could become a bid to the Heritage Lottery at a later date. Nevertheless, the cleaning…

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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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Middleton Heritage – one evening three meetings

Yesterday was a busy evening at Middleton Heritage. First the Heritage Film Group met to discuss the progress of the Edgar Wood film.. over five hours of footage has now been filmed! There was lots of technical talk and discussion about buying a new Mac with a higher spec. computer to handle all the hi res…

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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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CLICK HERE for a post on an Edgar Wood Society study on Edgar Wood’s very first houses on Manchester Old Road, Middleton.

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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Middleton May Day report and photos…

see the Rochdale Online report and photos HERE

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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Jubilee Library & Local Studies Centre – open Weekdays and Saturday

Ye Olde Boar’s Head P.H. (left) and Jubilee Library (right) on Middleton’s Long Street look lovely in spring with the cherry blossom. The library is an unusual early Arts & Crafts building that lies in the pleasant Jubilee Park at the centre of the Middleton conservation area. As well as the timber-framed pub, close by are…

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Future of Queen Street and Helmshore Textile mills thrown into fresh doubt

Many people are following this story which has just taken an unfortunate turn. The future of Queen Street Mill, Burnley and Helmshore Textile Mills, Rossendale is again under threat, after Lancashire County Council suddenly and unexpectedly shut them down last year. English Heritage, seen by many as the museums’ saviour,  has now pulled out of…

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GUIDED TOUR – EDGAR WOOD: Middleton Architect – 21st May 2017

Discover the Middleton buildings of the internationally famed architect Edgar Wood Edgar Wood designed over twenty buildings that survive today in Middleton, including the spectacular Arts & Crafts Church (Long Street Methodist) which we’ll go inside, and grand homes along Rochdale Road. Sibby – Manchester Tour Guide Sunday, 21 May 2017 from 13:00 to 14:30…

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