Edgar Wood Arts and Crafts

Edgar Wood Arts and Crafts

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Middleton, Manchester, England / Sharing the heritage of Edgar Wood and Middleton, Manchester: architecture, interior design. Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Victorian and Modern styles.
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St Aidan’s Mission Church, Rochdale (1897) designed by Edgar Wood, was inspired by traditional farm buildings rather than church architecture. It was built by volunteers.

St Aidan’s Mission Church, Rochdale designed by Edgar Wood, was inspired by traditional farm buildings rather than church architecture. It was built by volunteers.

Briarhill (1892) is one of the first examples of Art Nouveau, the new art that quickly swept across Europe at the turn of the century.  It is built of bright red bricks and mixed blue, green and purple slates which give the roof a mottled character.  Edgar Wood combined simple shapes, semi-circles, oblongs and triangles, with elongated features like the pilasters on the bay windows. If you look closely, you can see swirling Art Nouveau leaded windows and a tree carving above the door.

Briarhill (1892) is one of the first examples of Art Nouveau, the new art that quickly swept across Europe at the turn of the century. It is built of bright red bricks and mixed blue, green and purple slates which give the roof a mottled character. Edgar Wood combined simple shapes, semi-circles, oblongs and triangles, with elongated features like the pilasters on the bay windows. If you look closely, you can see swirling Art Nouveau leaded windows and a tree carving above the door.

This is the inside of Long Street Methodist Church as it was in 1907. It is now part of the Edgar Wood Centre in Middleton, Manchester, England. The stonework is a pinkish colour, the brickwork is a close match, the roof is brown while the bench in the foreground was stained sage green, an attractive colour contrast. Edgar Wood pioneered a style of church design which was both traditional and modern at the same time.

This is the inside of Long Street Methodist Church as it was in 1907. It is now part of the Edgar Wood Centre in Middleton, Manchester, England. The stonework is a pinkish colour, the brickwork is a close match, the roof is brown while the bench in the foreground was stained sage green, an attractive colour contrast. Edgar Wood pioneered a style of church design which was both traditional and modern at the same time.

The inside of Long Street Methodist Church today, as taken by the photographer Andy Marshall.

The inside of Long Street Methodist Church today, as taken by the photographer Andy Marshall.

In 1891, Edgar Wood built his own house, Redcroft, and its neighbour Fencegate in Middleton, Manchester. It was styled on the old farmhouses of the area, even down to the whitewashed fencing.

In Edgar Wood built his own house, Redcroft, and its neighbour Fencegate in Middleton, Manchester. It was styled on the old farmhouses of the area, even down to the whitewashed fencing.

This is a design for a country church in North Lancashire.  Edgar Wood uses the beams and crucks found in old barns to give a real country flavour to the interior.  The drawing is great fun and it's a shame it was never built.

This is a design for a country church in North Lancashire. Edgar Wood uses the beams and crucks found in old barns to give a real country flavour to the interior. The drawing is great fun and it's a shame it was never built.

In 1932, Edgar Wood built a colourful villa on the steep slopes of Monte Calvario, Porto Maurizio, Italy.  It was a beautifully decorated house and garden that reflected its sunny location.

In Edgar Wood built a colourful villa on the steep slopes of Monte Calvario, Porto Maurizio, Italy. It was a beautifully decorated house and garden that reflected its sunny location.

In this interior design for a meeting house, Edgar Wood plays with semi-enclosed spaces, views and vistas.  The green painted panelling gives a relaxed atmosphere.

In this interior design for a meeting house, Edgar Wood plays with semi-enclosed spaces, views and vistas. The green painted panelling gives a relaxed atmosphere.

Edgar Wood's design for a Study Hall is open, sunny and inviting.  The lower walls are covered with exotic marbles while above are colourful patterns.  The feel is almost Mediterranean.

Edgar Wood's design for a Study Hall is open, sunny and inviting. The lower walls are covered with exotic marbles while above are colourful patterns. The feel is almost Mediterranean.

Edgar Wood's Elm Wood School (originally Elm Street School) was the most advanced school in England when built in 1909.  It had a civilised and child-centred design which was built in warm orange bricks with pure white stonework.  The low curved facade enclosed the children's garden bestowing a sense of comfort and safety.  It is still a school today.

Edgar Wood's Elm Wood School (originally Elm Street School) was the most advanced school in England when built in 1909. It had a civilised and child-centred design which was built in warm orange bricks with pure white stonework. The low curved facade enclosed the children's garden bestowing a sense of comfort and safety. It is still a school today.

A beautifully proportioned and elegant gesellschaftsräumen (social room) designed by Edgar Wood in 1906.  The cream and white decor is underpinned by complementary blue and brown of the floors.  The round doorways are echoed in the ceiling, lighting and furniture.

A beautifully proportioned and elegant gesellschaftsräumen (social room) designed by Edgar Wood in 1906. The cream and white decor is underpinned by complementary blue and brown of the floors. The round doorways are echoed in the ceiling, lighting and furniture.

Edgar Wood also designed furniture.  Here is one of his Minister's Chairs at Long Street Methodist Church, now the Edgar Wood Centre.

Edgar Wood also designed furniture. Here is one of his Minister's Chairs at Long Street Methodist Church, now the Edgar Wood Centre.

Edgar Wood built Dalney Veed (now Hill House), Barley, Hertfordshire in 1907.  Its austere beauty shocked his contemporaries.

Edgar Wood built Dalney Veed (now Hill House), Barley, Hertfordshire in Its austere beauty shocked his contemporaries.

36 Mellalieu Street, Middleton was built for the local newspaper owner Fred Bagot.  Do you know of another building so resolutely modern in 1910?

36 Mellalieu Street, Middleton was built for the local newspaper owner Fred Bagot. Do you know of another building so resolutely modern in