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The Edgar Wood Centre, Manchester

Description: The Edgar Wood Centre

Grade: I
Date Listed: 18 December 1963
English Heritage Building ID: 388057

OS Grid Reference: SJ8572995702
OS Grid Coordinates: 385729, 395702
Latitude/Longitude: 53.4579, -2.2164

Location: Daisy Bank Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester M14 5GH

Locality: Manchester
County: Manchester
Country: England
Postcode: M14 5GH

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Listing Text


SJ8595 DAISY BANK ROAD, Rusholme
698-1/22/797 (South side)
18/12/63 The Edgar Wood Centre
(Formerly Listed as:
(South side)
First Church of Christ Scientist)


Christian Science church, now cultural centre. 1903, by Edgar
Wood. Red brick with some render, steeply-pitched tiled roof
to the main range (wings re-roofed with slate). Y-shaped plan
formed by very tall narrow main range set back and at
right-angles to the street, with low splayed wings projected
to the front, and a cylindrical turret clasped in the angle
between the gable of the main range and the right wing.
Unusual Expressionist style with Art Nouveau detailing. The
gable of the main range is mostly rendered, and has a wide
semicircular-headed doorway with splayed sandstone sides and
multiply-stepped brick head, above this a cruciform window
feature with arched centre light and 2-light arms all in a
stone surround, and a plain stone pilaster breaking through
the apex. The turret on the right, rising to eaves level, has
a window of 2 small rectangular lights at ground floor and an
interrupted band of 1, 2, 2, and 2 similar lights under the
eaves of a conical roof. to the rear of this rises a tall
rectangular chimney. The right-hand side wall of this range
(not visible from the front) has low buttresses, 2 small
4-light windows in the wall and 6 tall gabled dormers in the
roof; and attached to the further end an unsusual porch or
porte cochere with a segmental-headed arch. The projected
wings differ: that to the left has a gabled porch to the
right, a tall canted window breaking through the eaves left of
centre with transomed lights and a high parapet rising to the
centre, low 3-light windows under the eaves either side of
this bay, and a curved gable wall with a long diagonal corner
buttress, a parapet and a square chimney in the centre; that
to the right has 5 buttressed bays with a door in the first,
simplified Diocletian windows under the eaves of the other
bays, a corner buttress like that of the other wing, and a
gable wall with diagonal chimney flues flanked by Diocletian
windows. Attached to the west corner of this gable is a screen
with a round-headed entrance archway under a stone panel
lettered "FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST SCIENTIST" (this entrance
leadng a drive to the porch attached to the west side of the
main range). Interior not inspected.

Listing NGR: SJ8572595713

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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