Dunarden was built in 1898 in the Archer Park area of
Middleton, not far from the town centre. John Archer
feels that Dunarden demonstrates the influence on Wood
of the Arts and Crafts movement. He sees in the design
some influences of Wood's contemporary Charles Francis
Annesley Voysey (1857-1941), in particular the sloping
butresses. He says that the house is "..well planned
and is made very attractive by the garden layout. This
is the first known instance when it appears that Wood
had an opportunity of designing house and garden
Philip Ashworth and his wife, outside their house Dunarden, with the founder of the Salvation Army, General Booth stood in the car. circa 1902
Philip Ashworth's initials appear on one of the foundation stones of the Long Street Church, another of Wood's creations.
Jane Barton, a former resident of Archer Park, said of Dunarden, "Some 15 or so years ago the very wonderful Dunarden was demolished and replaced with 8 soulless double garages with four-bedroomed rabbit-hutch type dwellings attached. I have never seen a photograph of Dunarden in its prime and have only my childhood memories of the 'haunted house' at the end of the street."