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.
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.