Heritage Open Days 2019 - Middleton's Golden Cluster.

Long Street Methodist Church, Lever Street, Middleton, Manchester, M24 5UE

See the recently restored schoolrooms along with the Arts and Crafts Church which is 'a knockout' according to the latest Pevsner guide (2004).

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 13 September: 1030 -1600. Saturday 14 September: 1030 -1600, Sunday 15 September: 1300 -1600
Friday 20 September: 1030 -1600. Saturday 21 September: 1030 - 1600. Sunday 22 September: 1300 - 1600

Middleton Parish Church, St Leonard's Square, New Lane, Middleton, Manchester, M24 6DJ

Outstanding Grade I listed church dating from 1100, the oldest church building in the area. Norman church rebuilt in 1412 by local man Cardinal Thomas Langley, then Prince Bishop of Durham. Enlarged by Sir Richard Assheton in 1524.

Romanesque stone arch from 1100, memorial brasses - the best in the north of England (1500-1650), carved rood screen 1524, Jacobean box pew of 1620, unique wooden steeple 1666, six of the eight bells from 1714. Many outstanding stained glass windows, including the famous Flodden window of 1515; a Boar War memorial window and two arts and crafts windows by Christopher Whall.

The church has just undergone a major restoration of the external fabric, completed 10 September. An accessible toilet has been installed..

Opening Times

Friday 13 September: 1000-1600. Saturday 14 September: 1000-1600. Sunday 15 September: 1300-1600
Friday 20 September: 1000-1600. Saturday 21 September: 1000-1600.  Sunday 22 September: 1300-1600

The nearby Old Boar's Head Inn on Long Street, a 17th century half timbered building, is well worth a visit . It is open daily from 12 noon. Meals and bar snacks are served.