Golden Cluster

Four architectural gems in the centre of one Manchester town… and a whole lot more!

Open for Heritage Open Days weekend 8, 9 & 10 September

Admission is free but donations are welcome to support Middleton’s heritage

St Leonard’s Church
Middleton's Golden Cluster St Leonard's Church

Grade I listed medieval church with 500 years of art, craft, furniture and stained glass.

St Leonard’s is Manchester’s oldest and most interesting church. It has many features including, brasses, excellent stained glass, misericords, medieval rood screen, round Norman cum Gothic arch, unique wooden tower and famous Flodden stained glass window – the oldest glazed war memorial in the UK.

  • New Lane M24 6DJ • Friday & Saturday 10am–4pm, Sunday 1–4pm
Ye Olde Boar’s Head 

Middleton's Golden Cluster Ye Olde Boar's HeadGrade II* listed building and unique rambling picturesque black & white pub.

The oldest pub in England. A timber-framed coaching inn dating from 1632 where each oak beam creaks with history and character. After nearly 500 years, it’s still a great place to relax!

  • Friday & Sunday from 12 noon. Food served until 2pm.
  • Long Street M24 6UE – see map
The Arts & Crafts Church

Middleton's Golden Cluster Arts & Crafts ChurchGrade II* listed church, school and garden. Testament to the genius of Edgar Wood.

Edgar Wood was a Middleton architect who rose to international fame around 1900.  His masterful combination of Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts styles can be seen throughout the church and there’s also an exhibition about his life and work.

  • Long Street M24 5UE • Friday & Saturday 10am–4pm, Sunday 1–4pm
  • Also open Tuesdays, Fridays & Sundays 1-4pm all September
Queen Elizabeth Grammar School

Middleton's Golden Cluster QE Grammar School

Grade II* listed building and oldest surviving Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in the country.

Granted letters by Elizabeth I in 1572 and opened in 1586, the school was founded by Alexander Nowell of Brasenose College, Oxford. The building is a combination of medieval and Renaissance styles and is a popular venue for events and parties.

  • Boarshaw Road M24 6BR • Friday to Sunday 11am–4pm
Make a day of it!

There is even more to Middleton’s Golden Cluster…  see our heritage trails.

Jubilee Library

A good place to begin is Jubilee Library, opposite Ye Olde Boar’s Head P.H. Built in 1889, it is one of the first public libraries built by the Arts and Crafts Movement. Upstairs, there are the Middleton local studies archives where you can have a relaxed browse or undertake more detailed study.

Historic buildings include the Samuel Bamford obelisk in the Old Burial Ground, the National School, Long Street and the old Police Station on Market Place. There are also many Edgar Wood designed buildings including Manchester & Salford Bank, Market Place, Redcroft and Fencegate, Rochdale Road and 36 Mellalieu Street. On Manchester Old Road is the unique Arts & Crafts Garden of Remembrance and the unusual triangular 165-167 Manchester Old Road, Edgar Wood’s last houses in Middleton. In Alkrington Park Giacomo Leoni’s Alkrington Hall, one of the first Palladian mansions in the country.

Getting here

All four Golden Cluster buildings are within a quarter of a mile of each other. Please note that there are some steep inclines if walking between them.

By bus, catch the 17 bus from Manchester or Rochdale. If coming by car, three of our sites have small car parks and there is on-street parking at the rear of the Arts & Crafts Church.

There is disabled access to all buildings with disabled toilet facilities at the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School and Arts and Crafts Church.

Contact us

For further information, please call Rochdale Visitor Centre 01706 924928 or email