Arts & Crafts Church

Long Street Methodist Church and Schools are a stunning Arts & Crafts masterpiece and part of Middleton’s Golden Cluster of architecture. These beautiful buildings are a blend of rustic arts and crafts and elegant art nouveau design and a real ‘must see’ for lovers of arts and crafts buildings.

At the centre of the design is an ‘outside room’ garden with the brick church on one side and the rendered schools on the other. Linking the two are a lecture room and a gateway entrance. The styling is unique and styless… abstract or expressionist are terms which come to mind.

Their designer, Edgar Wood, created some of the most exciting architecture of the Victorian and Edwardian eras.  He pioneered art nouveau in the late 1880s, Arts & Crafts in the 1890s and art deco in the early 1900s.

Take the Tour

Take a guided tour of the Arts & Crafts Church and observe the wonderful craftsmanship and art nouveau design. Enjoy a walking tour of Edgar Wood’s experimental buildings and see how he gradually changed the Arts & Crafts into art deco. To arrange a group visit just leave a reply on the form below and we will get back to you.

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Access and Getting There

Wheelchair Access – Due to substantial changes in levels across the site, wheelchair access is presently limited to around 50% of the interior and not the garden. Disabled toilets are available.

Car – SATNAV – Long Street Methodist Church, Lever Street, Middleton, Manchester. M24 5UE

Access by car from outside the area is via the M60 and M62 which provide main routes from the north, south, east and west. Car parking is at the rear on Lever Street.

Bus – The No. 17 bus between Manchester and Rochdale passes adjacent along Long Street (alight at Jubilee Park/Middleton Library) and Middleton Bus Station is also within walking distance.

Train – The nearest railway station is Mills Hill, a mile and a half east of Middleton centre. It lies on the Caldervale Line between Manchester and Leeds.

About Us

Greater Manchester Building Preservation Trust is a building preservation trust which takes on historic buildings at risk. It is the owner of Long Street Methodist Church and School, a.k.a. the Arts & Crafts Church and Edgar Wood Centre and is actively seeking the repair and restoration of the buildings.

Arts & Crafts Trust is a social enterprise celebrating the unique heritage of Middleton, its Arts & Crafts legacy and associated places. It manages the Arts & Crafts Church and this website.

Arts & Crafts Awakening is the trust’s project to study, interpret and promote the Arts & Crafts heritage of Edgar Wood and Middleton.

If you would like to make contact, simply email artsandcraftsawakening@gmail.com .

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Provided by the Arts & Crafts Trust for Greater Manchester Building Preservation Trust and the Edgar Wood Society

Copyright: the Arts & Crafts Trust 2017