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 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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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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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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