Last December, Middleton Heritage Film Group put in a Lottery bid for a film about the life and work of Edgar Wood… and was successful! Since then, the Edgar Wood Society has been researching and co-writing the film with Anthony Dolan of the film group. The filming will commence next month, based at the Edgar Wood Centre on Long Street, Middleton.
Edgar Wood’s Jubilee Fountain is currently being restored… see photos and a video on our sister site HERE
Trafford Council under the provisions of the 1990 Planning (Listed Buildings & Conservation Areas) Act has approved…
- SPD5.21 – South Hale Conservation Area Appraisal (March 2017)
- SPD5.21a – South Hale Conservation Area Management Plan (March 2017)
The South Hale Conservation Area includes all of Hale’s Edgar Wood designed houses, including the Grade I listed Royd House. Continue reading “South Hale Conservation Area Appraisal completed”
The application by Greater Manchester Building Preservation Trust for listed building consent (Ref: 16/01312/LBC) to restore the School buildings at Long Street Methodist was approved by Rochdale planning department on 7th April. The scheme was drawn up by Alan Gardner Associates last November, with assistance from Greater Manchester Building Preservation Trust conservation officer, David Morris. You can see the approved restoration work by clicking the ‘Documents’ tab on the online planning file HERE
This is part of the rescue plan for the buildings, which so many people supported last Autumn CLICK HERE and HERE . Detailed grant bids are now being drawn up and it is hoped that restoration work will begin late summer or early autumn.
An early Edgar Wood designed commercial building has been restored by the Edgar Wood and Middleton Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) conservation scheme. The building was in a terribly mutilated state and its appearance is now a hundred times better than it was. The THI, which is superbly managed by Sue Oakley Rochdale MBC conservation officer, is warmly congratulated for its achievement. Bringing historic buildings forward for restoration is a slow and complicated procedure and one that doesn’t always bear fruit. Continue reading “Restoration of Edgar Wood’s Guardian Buildings – A Review”
The EWS were on hand in the men’s second class pool (now with floor) at the Heritage and History fair at the Victoria Baths, Hathersage Road. It was a good opportunity to engage with members of the public about EW and to meet other groups promoting their interests. After being closed for 24 years, if you would like a swim in the first class pool on Sunday 14 May then get your ticket by lunch on 14 April. Information is on the Victoria Baths web site.
10 of the best European cities for art deco design
The city Le Corbusier built: inside Chandigarh – in pictures
Artworks made from fire-gutted Mackintosh library sell for £700,000
Historic Lancashire’s Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, is firmly cementing itself into the Lakeland tourist experience, as these two reports show…
The latest in the series of architecture in 10 buildings… England does rather well with 4 out of the 10 buildings, including Florin Court, London home of the TV version of Hercule Poirot…
The third art nouveau event to report on this month is at the Darmstadt Artists’ Colony, famous for its wonderful art nouveau buildings. The exhibition mainly concerns art nouveau tiles and the centrepiece is a collection of English tiles, including designs by Wiliam De Morgan and tiles by Pilkington’s Tile & Pottery Co. See…
Article with more photos… (press the translate button)
Nb. The Mathildenhöhe Institute has a wonderful website, see…
The annual BANAD festival is all about Brussels’ art nouveau and deco heritage. It is now integrated into the city’s wider tourism drive and the following Guardian article and BANAD website give you a flavour of what has been on offer this year…
Bannad Website… http://www.banad.brussels/en/
Liberty in Italy is an interesting Italian exhibition on the so-called minor artists of art nouveau. In their day, these were prominent practitioners and part of the cultural world that Edgar Wood experienced during his regular trips to Italy and his eventual retirement there. The exhibition has been so popular that the initial closing date of 14th February was extended till 1st April.
The exhibition website has a selection of images…
Victor Horta’s art nouveau Hotel Frison is up for sale… worth a look for the photos…
Glasgow School of Art’s ashes turned into artworks to fund rebuild
The Arts & Crafts Church & Middleton Heritage site became too large and people have been struggling to get around it, so we have now divided it into two. Middleton Heritage is now at middletonheritage.co.uk while the Arts & Crafts Church and Edgar Wood continue here.
Now, we hope each site can develop and grow more freely and everyone will find navigation a little easier.
We hope this works for you too. Whether ‘yes’ or ‘no’, your feedback is always welcome…
A good audience gave a standing ovation at the conclusion of today’s performance by the Mendelssohn on Mull Festival Ensemble. The 8 young profession musicians, introduced by Richard Jeffcoat (curator) played items by, Hayden, Shostakovich and of course Mendelssohn’s octet.
This was a cultural treat and we would like to think that this could be the start of a lasting partnership.
Their next performance is in St. Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh on Friday 21st April, why not pay a visit?