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Edgar Wood Guide to Middleton Town Centre

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Edgar Wood was an architect, artist, craftsman, conservationist and town planner. At the beginning of the Twentieth Century, he had a national and international reputation and was regarded as the most important avant-garde architect in the north of England.

Wood was born into a wealthy Middleton family in 1860. From an early age he had a passion for art and spent hours sketching with his friend, Fred Jackson, who later became an artist. Wood instead trained as an architect, though he viewed architecture as an "art". He filled his buildings with beautiful furniture, stained glass and paintings, often of his own design or making. Jackson and Wood sometimes co-operated on 

Edgar Wood's First Church of Christ ScientistDownload the eBook below for further information.painting murals for his buildings.

pdfThe Buildings of Edgar Wood in Middleton town-centre

Follow this link to Manchester History website - (Edgar Wood - An Architect of Note)