Middleton’s illustrious past to be commemorated with a novel heritage trail

A trail is being organized to commemorate the fascinating history of the region, and individuals can discover more at two drop-in events held at Middleton Library on Long Street. The events will take place on Saturday, 17 February 2024 from 11am to 1pm and Wednesday, 21 February 2024 from 10am to 1pm.

Led by the council, with support from Historic England, Middleton’s Township Committee, and The UK Shared Prosperity Fund, the proposed trail will showcase 36 historic buildings in central Middleton. These include noteworthy landmarks such as Alkrington Hall, the Old Grammar School, The Memorial Gardens, St Leonard’s Church, the Methodist Church, and the Olde Boar’s Head on Long Street. Additionally, the trail will feature buildings designed by the late Middleton-born architect, Edgar Wood, which were recently restored by the council as part of the Historic England supported Townscape Heritage Initiative.

The team is eager to engage with local residents to gather their thoughts on the suggested sites and route, as well as to hear their personal stories about Middleton’s history.

In addition to the events, individuals have the opportunity to enroll in free tour guide training led by an accredited guide from Historic England. The training session, which includes a brief walk covering some of the proposed sites on the heritage trail, will be held at Middleton Library on Wednesday, 21 February 2024 from 2pm to 5pm. As spaces are limited, interested parties are advised to secure their place in advance by emailing [email protected] or calling 01706 924376.

Councillor June West, Chair of the Middleton Township, expressed, “Middleton boasts a noteworthy and proud history, and we aim to highlight and celebrate this distinctive area. We welcome all those who are interested, whether they are heritage experts, beginners, or simply passionate about Middleton.”

The creation of the trail is part of a broader masterplan to revitalize Middleton. Other proposals in the masterplan include enhancing the road network and public spaces, developing the area between Eastway and Wood Street with potential for more housing and commercial ventures, and unlocking key brownfield sites such as Warwick Mill.

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