37 - 39 Rochdale Road, Middleton

This image was generously donated by Ian Jenkins

There are three sets of semi-detached houses by Edgar Wood almost in a row along the west side of Rochdale Road in Middleton. 37 and 39 Rochdale Road were built in 1893 two years before the more famous combination of Fencegate and Redcroft were constructed on an adjacent plot of land. The building has Wood's characteristic bays that pierce through the roof line but, unlike his other houses, it is faced with what John Archer describes as "extremely harsh materials, lobster-red stock engineering type bricks and terra-cotta. The building is separated from the street by an attractive brick and stone wall with a scalloped design which incorporates ornate wrought-iron work. Today the Whitehouse Hotel occupies 37 Rochdale Road.