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left to right – Cllr June West (centre) with homeowners Mari Smith (left) and Ian Robertson (right)
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More heritage properties renovated as Middleton’s transformation continues

Two more properties designed by the renowned architect Edgar Wood have been restored to their former glory as part of Middleton’s £2.8m Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI).

The grade II listed homes in Rochdale Road are the latest of Middleton’s historic buildings to have been renovated as part of the ongoing council and Heritage-Lottery-funded project to bring the town’s rich history to life.

Work on the semi-detached homes, which were designed in 1900, saw the careful restoration of original features, including replacing the natural stone roof, repairs to the stonework on the front of the properties and new leaded windows.

The newly renovated properties in Rochdale Road

Specialist architects worked hard to ensure the newly-restored properties retained their original look, and specialist conservators analysed samples of the original paint to make sure the new paintwork was as close as possible to the original finish.

The home owners took advantage of a grant which was available through the THI, to help them pay for the work. A property at 48 Rochdale Road has also been renovated recently as part of the THI.

Councillor June West, Chair of the Middleton Township and member of the THI Board, said: “Through the THI, we have revealed Middleton’s rich history bit by bit, and this is the latest fantastic development. Rochdale Road is an important gateway into Middleton town centre, so I’m pleased that both the home owners and the many passers-by will be able to enjoy their rich local history.”

Other high profile projects which have been completed as part of the THI include the award- winning renovation of Middleton Library, the repaving of Middleton Gardens and improvements to the old burial ground at St Leonard’s Church. The work has also paid for the restoration of Edgar Wood’s former home, Redcroft, in Rochdale Road, and the La Minhaz restaurant on Market Place, as well as other Edgar Wood properties in Rochdale Road.

The renovation of the historic staircase in Jubilee Park, which is known as the Exedra, has also been completed through the THI, and an official unveiling will take place later this month.


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