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Description: Elm Street School (County Primary School)
Date Listed: 19 September 1969
English Heritage Building ID: 213447
OS Grid Reference: SD8838205948
OS Grid Coordinates: 388382, 405948
Latitude/Longitude: 53.5500, -2.1768
MIDDLETON ELM STREET
SD 80 NE
2/7 Elm Street School
School. 1908-10. By Edgar Wood and J. Henry Sellers. Brick
with stone dressings and concrete roofs. 9-bay hall with
towers at either end forms the centre of the design.
Cloisters extend forward to meet Elm Street at left and
right (boys and girls) and enclose a formally planned garden
and a suite of offices which have a concaved single-storey
facade. Beyond the arms of cloisters are parallel ranges of
classrooms and a long range adjoins the hall at the rear.
The design is compactly planned along formal lines. The hall
has 9 round-arched windows with impost blocks and keystones
to front and rear. The hipped roof sits behind a coped
parapet which steps above a recessed brick panel in each
bay, a feature which is repeated elsewhere. Towers to left
and right with stone top stages form dominant features. The
cross-vaulted cloisters have entrances on Elm Street with
rusticated segmental arches and banded corner pilasters.Some
of the arches have been blocked and only one set of cast-
iron gates remains. The concaved office front has a series of
flat-faced stone mullion windows (many leaded casements have
been removed) on either side of central double doors. The
classroom ranges to either side and to the rear (of 6 and 21
bays respectively) have segmental-arched windows with stone
sills and are articulated by advanced bays which have a
higher parapet level. Small later additions to left and
right. Interior: many original features survive including
doors and a moulded plaster ceiling to the hall. The school
was designed to established new standards of hygiene in
educaton and was the first municipal school (along with
Durnford Street School, q.v.) in Middleton. The building is
technically and architecturally advanced, the use of
reinforced concrete allowing more freedom of planning.
J.H.G. Archer, "Edgar Wood (1860-1935)" Transactions of the
Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society, vol. 73-4,
Listing NGR: SD8838205948
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