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The Middleton Townscape Heritage Initiative

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Edgar Wood and Middleton Townscape Heritage Initiative

The Edgar Wood and Middleton Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) was awarded a £1,975,800 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to repair and restore Middleton's unique collection of Edgar Wood architecture and the town's other important historic buildings.

The Initiative commenced in 2011 and is now in the final stages. Along with restoring a number of historic buildings and public areas within Middleton it is still giving local people the opportunity to learn about why their local heritage is of national and international importance.

Middleton Conservation grants

Running from 2011-2018,  the Middleton Conservation Grants were part of The Edgar Wood and Middleton Townscape Heritage Initiative. The final project is on site and these grants have funded a number of other successful projects, including:

  • 51 and 53 Rochdale Road
  • 48 Rochdale Road
  • The staircase and exedra in Jubilee Park
  • 23 Market Place - La Minhaz restaurant
  • Redcroft, 33 Rochdale Road
  • Jubilee Library
  • The Old Burial Ground repairs including work to the Sam Bamford memorial
  • 1 New Street
  • 65 Long Street
  • 35 Mellalieu Street

Heritage in Middleton

Edgar Wood buildings

Middleton has the best collection of Edgar Wood buildings in the UK. The THI programme run by the Heritage Lottery Fund has given Middleton a once in a generation chance to restore its Edgar Wood legacy through the Edgar Wood & Middleton THI.

The Golden Cluster

Middleton has a remarkable built heritage for a town of its size. The depth and richness of its heritage are epitomise in its 4 Golden Cluster Buildings which are open to the public every September and for pre-booked visits during the year. The Old Boar's Head, The Edgar Wood Centre (Long Street Methodist Church), St Leonard's Parish Church and the Old Grammar School have all been accredited under Visit England’s Place of Interest Quality Assurance Scheme.

Sam Bamford Trail

Sam Bamford was a weaver, poet and radical born in Middleton. The Sam Bamford Trail was launched in April 2014 and gives an impression of the Middleton which Sam Bamford knew. It draws attention to some of the buildings which Sam Bamford would know today and to some of the events in his life connected with those buildings.


01706 924378

Phone: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

​Conservation project officer
Rochdale Borough Council
Floor 3, Number One Riverside,
Smith Street,
Rochdale OL16 1XU

​To arrange a group visit to the Golden Cluster, contact Rochdale Visitor Information Centre