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Middleton Golden Cluster

Fascinating history 8 miles from Manchester

What's the connection between a Scottish king, killed in battle 500 years ago, Manchester's Peterloo Massacre of 1819, an internationally renowned Art Nouveau architect, and the invention of bottled beer? The answer is Middleton. This town, half way between Manchester and Rochdale, boasts an amazing collection of historic facts and they're all to be told at Middleton Golden Cluster.

Every Tuesday and Friday afternoon in September three surprising mediaeval buildings and a beautiful Art Nouveau church open their doors free to tell the amazing story of Middleton.

St Leonard's Church and the Queen Elizabeth I Grammar School date from the 1500s. Expert guides tell of connections to the Lindisfarne Gospels and St Cuthbert, The 1513 Battle of Flodden, and the invention of bottled beer.

Art Nouveau architect Edgar Wood's story is told at Edgar Wood's Arts & Crafts Church, and half-timbered pub Ye Olde Boar's Head is open from noon for refreshment and a look at its fascinating interior.

phone: 01706 924 928

Opening times:
Tuesday and Friday 1pm to 4pm during September.

PIQAS accredited
Free entry
Guided tours
Toilets - including disabled facilities.
Parking - including disabled

How to get there:
On bus route 17 Manchester to Rochdale. Train station at Mills Hill with buses to Middleton.

Most areas wheelchair accessible - phone for details. Guide dogs allowed.

Group bookings available all year; contact Rochdale Visitor Information Centre. 

Follow Middleton Golden Cluster on:

Twitter: @edgar_wood and #radtown


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