40 conservation experts visit Middleton’s Golden Cluster

The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) held its North West Annual General Meeting at Middleton on Thursday 15th November to acknowledge the achievements of the Edgar Wood & Middleton Heritage Project, now in its 10th year. The event was held in the new Edgar Wood Community Centre, i.e. the newly restored Long Street School…

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Elm Wood School visits St. Leonard’s Church

Teachers and children of Elm Wood School had a lovely time on Thursday visiting Middleton’s ancient parish church, looking at the medieval carvings and doing their own brass rubbing. It was such a warm and sunny day and it was great to see children, who attend one of Middleton’s architectural masterpieces, enthusiastically enjoying another. A…

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Edgar Wood

Edgar Wood (1860 – 1935) was a revolutionary Arts & Crafts architect, craftsman, conservationist and town planner. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he was considered the most avant-garde architect in England. He worked at the cutting edge of design and pioneered the art nouveau, vernacular revival and art deco styles of architecture. Edgar…

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Lydia Becker

Lydia Ernestine Becker (24 February 1827 – 18 July 1890) was a scientist and early leader of the British suffrage movement. She is best remembered for founding and publishing the Women’s Suffrage Journal between 1870 and 1890. Lydia’s grandfather, Ernest Becker, had come to Manchester from Germany in the late 1790s and made his money…

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St. Leonard’s Church, Middleton – book offer

St. Leonard’s Parish Church is one of the finest medieval churches in the country. It is highlighted with eight others from the Middle Ages in English Parish Churches and Chapels – Architecture, Art and People written by Matthew Byrne and published by Bloomsbury. You can now buy the hardback at just £12, a discount of…

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Hopwood DePree and Hopwood Hall

Hollywood actor Hopwood DePree, ably supported by Geoff Wellens, met a crowded audience in the Sessions Room at the Old Boar’s Head on Thursday. Geoff outlined the history of the hall while Hopwood, who is descended from the old Middleton family, inspired everyone with his vision for the medieval building which is in a ruinous…

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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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