MP visits Long Street Methodist School

Date published: 14 September 2018

Liz McInnes MP visited the newly renovated Long Street Methodist School on Friday (14 September).

The grade II* listed Long Street Methodist School, which has been out of use for a number of years, has been transformed following the completion of the eight-month project and will now be removed from the national ‘Heritage at Risk’ register.

Ms McInnes said: “This morning I had a very interesting and enjoyable visit to Long Street Methodist Church in Middleton to see the ongoing restoration work taking place to the School Rooms.

“All those involved in this project, including the Edgar Wood Society, are doing an amazing job and it looks fantastic so far. I’d encourage everyone to go along this weekend to support this great project.

“Thank you to Christine and Geoffrey for showing me around and being excellent guides.”

Completed in 1900, the school was designed by the famous Middleton-born architect Edgar Wood. The architectural style, a mixture of arts and crafts and art nouveau, was groundbreaking at the time and influenced subsequent 20th century design.

Specialists have restored a host of original features, including the leaded windows, stonework, lime render and canopies over the doors.

The Long Street Schools will be open to the public this weekend as part of Heritage Open Days.

Visitors can drop between 10.30am and 4pm on Saturday (15 September) and Sunday (16 September) between 1pm and 4pm.

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