Join me on Tuesday at 12 on North Manchester FM for another Helping of History. This week, I have two fantastic guests (from either end of North Manchester) in the studio. In the first hour of the show, I’ll be joined by Christine Grime of the Edgar Wood Society, and then in the second, I’ll be welcoming Richard Long from the Friends of Angel Meadow.
Edgar Wood (1860-1935) was the most advanced English architect of his generation, stylistically moving through through art nouveau, vernacular, expressionist and finally art deco phases a decade or more before other designers. His buildings are mostly clustered in the towns of Middleton, Rochdale, Oldham, Huddersfield and Hale. The Edgar Wood Society was formed in April 2011 to promote the architecture, furniture, paintings and other work of Edgar Wood and his role in the developing Arts & Crafts movement. In particular the Society seeks to restore and secure the future of the Arts and Crafts Church, Long Street Methodist Church and Schools, Edgar Wood’s masterpiece in Middleton.
St Michael’s Flags and Angel Meadow Park is situated on the northern edge of Manchester city centre of Manchester. St Michael’s Church once stood on the site and artist L.S. Lowry depicted the area in several of his paintings. The site was home to Angel Meadow, a notorious Victorian slum. In 2004, the Friends of Angel Meadow formed to campaign for the park’s continued redevelopment, and since then considerable money has been raised through grants and Manchester City Council interest. The Friends group actively encourages preservation, fundraising and social events.
Two brilliant guests – two significant stories in our local area’s history!
As always, I’ll also be taking a look through Yesterday’s Papers. And you can pit your wits against the Who Am I? quiz – just how well do you know North Manchester’s landmark buildings?
Catch the show on Tuesday at 12 on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).
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