Revamp of historic Long Street Methodist School gets the green light

Date published: 14 November 2017

Long Street Methodist School, one of the most important historic buildings in Middleton, is being totally restored after being out of use for a number of years.

The extensive work will see the restoration of original features, such as the leaded windows, the stonework, canopies over the doors and the original stage in the school hall.

The work will also help get the building ready for potential future use, with plans to modernise the kitchen and toilets and replace the central heating system as part of the job, which is expected to take around six months.

Completed in 1900, the Sunday school was designed by the famous Middleton-born architect Edgar Wood.

The design was groundbreaking at the time because it featured the arts and crafts architectural style Wood was famous for, but also showcases the beginnings of art nouveau influences before this architectural style became widely popular. This building was influential in subsequent 20th century design.

Councillor June West, Chairwoman of the Middleton Township and member of the THI board, said: “The Long Street Methodist School is Grade II*, which means it is in the top 5% of important historic buildings in the country, so it is really important that we honour its legacy. It is also currently on Historic England's Heritage at risk register, so this work will protect its future and give it an important role in our community once again.”

Stockport-based Stone Edge, a company which specialises in historic building restoration, has been appointed to carry out the work. 

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