Edgar Wood Centre

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Edgar Wood Centre: View of the entrance

The Edgar Wood Centre is a former Church of Christ, Scientist building in Fallowfield, Manchester, England. Pevsner considered it "the only religious building in Lancashire that would be indispensable in a survey of twentieth century church design in all England."[1] It is a Grade I listed building, and on the Register of Buildings at Risk maintained by English Heritage.

History[edit]

The building was designed by the architect Edgar Wood for the Christian Scientists' first church in Britain. Construction began in 1903–4. A shortage of space and money led to modifications to the design, and further work took place in 1905–7.[2]

Side view

Pevsner described the church as "one of the most original buildings of that time in England, or indeed anywhere."[3] The church was decorated by bronze lettering of parts of the Bible and works by Mary Baker Eddy, an Arabic organ screen, and chairs designed by Wood.

The church closed in 1971 and was heavily vandalised before reopening as the Edgar Wood Centre in 1975.[4] In turn, this closed in 2003, and the building is currently used as a UCKG centre. It has been placed on the English Heritage Register of Buildings at Risk 2007.[5] The church is a Grade I listed building as of 18 December 1963.[6] Most of the furnishings and stained glass have been removed.[2]

See also[edit]

Grade I listed churches in Greater Manchester

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pevsner Architectural Guides: Manchester, Clare Hartwell (2001) page 338
  2. ^ a b Hartwell, Clare; Matthew Hyde and Nikolaus Pevsner (2004). Lancashire: Manchester and the South-East. The buildings of England. New Haven, Conn. ; London: Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-10583-5. 
  3. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus (1969). South Lancashire. The buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin. ISBN 0-14-071036-1. 
  4. ^ Cockburn, Mary-Ann. "'Wood' you credit it!". Manchester Forum Summer 2003 (Manchester Civic Society). 
  5. ^ "Edgar Wood Centre, Daisy Bank Road". Buildings at Risk Register 2007. English Heritage. 2007. Retrieved 14 January 2008. 
  6. ^ "The Edgar Wood Centre, Manchester". British Listed Buildings. 

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Coordinates: 53°27′28″N 2°12′58″W / 53.4579°N 2.2162°W / 53.4579; -2.2162