The Cottage, Birch

Located on the west side of Manchester Road, close to the bridge that carries the M62 Motorway, this house is marked in the Manchester A-Z as "The Cottage". It appears in John Archer's list of Edgar Wood's buildings but it's provenance is something of a mystery. Archer found drawings of the interior of a house in Birch in the Academy Architecture, vol. II. and the only house that matches the character of those drawings in Birch is this one. John Archer goes on to say that, "The Jacobean detailing and use of vernacular materials leads to the supposition that they belong to Wood's authorship." Archer believes that 1894 is the probable date for the building.