Edgar Wood 150th Anniversary Events in Middleton near Manchester
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Thursday, May 13th at 7pm : ‘Edgar Wood and Middleton’
An illustrated talk by JOHN ARCHER at Long Street Methodist Church, Middleton, M24 5UE. Potato Pie Supper. Tickets £5 available from Jon Miguel, Middleton Shopping Centre or S Wellens & Sons. 121 Long St. Middleton or by emailing email@example.com
Friday, June 4th 1-4pm : Open Day at Elmwood School
Elm Street, Middleton, M24 2EG. Architectural Tour at 2pm by David Morris, Historic Building Specialist. Booking not necessary.
Sunday, June 27th 2-4pm : Celebration Band Concert 1
At the Bandstand in Jubilee Park. In conjunction with Friends of Jubilee Park and Middleton Band. Free entry.
Sunday, August 1st, 2-4pm : Celebration Band Concert 2
Details as above.
Friday, September 10th at 7pm : ‘Edgar Wood in Context’
An illustrated Talk – by local historian GEOFF WELLENS. Long Street Methodist Church, M24 5UE. Potato Pie supper. Tickets £5 from Jon Miguel, Middleton Shopping Centre. S Wellens & Sons. 121 Long St. Middleton or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, September 10th – Sunday September 12th : Heritage Open Days
Edgar Wood’s beautiful building, LONG STREET METHODIST CHURCH will be open to visitors: Friday 10th and Saturday 11th: 10am to 4pm and Sunday 12th: 12.30 – 4pm. Guided walks to some of Edgar Wood’s other buildings at 2pm on each day.
May – August : ‘The Life and Works of Edgar Wood’
Exhibition. Daily: Middleton Arena. M24 1AG. Free entry.
13th January 2008
The First Church of Christ Scientist, Castlemere Street, Rochdale is being demolished. Built between 1911-14 the architect was Thomas Butterworth of 78 King Street Manchester, the same address as the office of Wood and Sellers. It is obviously based Wood’s Daisy Bank Road Church. Is this School of Wood or did the Master himself lend a hand?
Most recently used by Jehovah’s Witnesses the building was in a pathetic state with windows bricked up, walls pasted with render, and a suspended ceiling inside. Possibly the walls were too insubstantial for the thrust of
the huge open trussed roof. Following the destruction of Durnford School in 2002 our stock of Wood is going down fast.
The garden made by Edgar Wood at Monte Calvario, Porto Maurizio, Liguria around 1935 has a theatrical air. His housekeeper, to whom he bequeathed the villa, is sitting on the bench.
(We thank J. Jelly for permission to display this photograph)
Event at Long Street Methodist Church, Middleton, 6-9 September 2007
Andy Marshall writes: Just to let you know that I have a photo exhibition of Edgar Wood buildings commissioned by Friends of Long Street Methodist on at Long Street Methodist Church in Middleton between the 6 and 9th of September. Hope you can make it. We also have a heritage skills event with demonstrations by traditional joiners, roofers, metal workers and stone masons. Please find attached a flyer with details.
A book of great architects skating would be necessarily brief but would certainly contain this splendid image of the dashing Edgar Wood. Uncovered by CiA in the Manchester Art Gallery archives this photograph has been mutilated possibly to cut off his now unknown companion. Who could it have been?
Andy Marshall (‘fotofacade’) has started a flickr group called The Edgar Wood Project as a repository of images of buildings by er…. Edgar Wood. Andy is an architectural photographer and blogs at fotofacade.
Thursday 11 January saw Continuity in Architecture attending a celebration for the eightieth birthday of the architectural historian John Archer. John is a former lecturer at the University of Manchester School of Architecture, and the event was hosted by the Manchester Metropolitan University, the successor institution to the Manchester Municipal College of Art from which he graduated in 1953. The evening was organised by the Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society, and John was presented with a specially bound volume of their new book “Making Manchester: Aspects of the History of Architecture in the City and Region since 1800: Essays in honour of John H.G. Archer” edited by Clare Hartwell and Terry Wyke. Among the collection of essays is one by CiA contributor Andrew Crompton entitled “The Destruction of Durnford Street School, Middleton” recording the demise of a pioneering work by Edgar Wood, the architect who has been the subject of constant research by John since his undergraduate days. In the photograph John is pictured outside Wood’s most celebrated and extraordinary work, the First Church of Christ Scientist, Victoria Park, Manchester.