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Heritage Open Days - Long Street Methodist Church, Middleton

20 September 2019 - 22 September 2019

Friday 20 September 2019 - Sunday 22 September 2019
Various times, see description

Long Street Methodist Church
Long Street
M24 5UE


Every year in September, England’s largest voluntary cultural event returns as a celebration of local and national heritage. Co-ordinated nationally by the Heritage Open Days National Partnership and locally by Link4Life, Rochdale takes part by opening the doors to various historic buildings throughout the borough that are usually closed to the public or charge an entrance fee.

Local buildings full of history will be open and free to explore, many of which include differing age, style and function across the borough all with fascinating guided walks, tours and talks.

See the recently restored schoolrooms along with the Arts and Crafts Church at Long Street Methodist Church.

Long Street Methodist Church and Schools were built in 1899 by the foremost Art and Craft architect in the north of England, Edgar Wood, who was described by Pevsner as 'that remarkable...Manchester architect'. It is an outstanding Grade II listed building incorporating Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and modern stylistic elements into a magnificent whole.

The adjacent school is pure Arts and Crafts with a lovely 'outdoor room' garden accessed through an Art Nouveau gateway topped by a cubic modern sculpture. Visitors in 2019 will see the recently restored schoolrooms.

Opening Times:

  • Friday 20 September: 1030 -1600
  • Saturday 21 September: 1030 - 1600
  • Sunday 22 September: 1300 - 1600

No booking required.

Additional information:

The guided walk to visit Edgar Wood buildings in the conservation area leave from the church at 2pm on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September. Length of the walk is about 1 mile and will take approximately 1 hour 15 minutes.

Guided walks along Middleton's Sam Bamford Trail led by local Peterloo expert, Dave Lees, take place on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 at 2pm from the church. 1.5 hours approx and 1.25 miles in length.

Entry fee: Free

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