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Macintosh-style school threatened by neglect

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I was pleased to read that the reputation of Charles Rennie Macintosh 'is now as brilliant as ever' (AJ 5.4.01). If you appreciate the work of Mackintosh you will probably find the buildings of Edgar Wood and J H Sellers interesting, since there are some similarities. There are several examples of their work in Middleton (near Manchester) which is rewarding to visit. However, you are likely to be saddened by the current condition of their Grade II*-listed former Durnford Street School (1908-10) in Middleton, with an early reinforced concrete roof. The largely unused school building recently acquired a fence to keep out vandals, and is in need of some conservation. The school is described and illustrated in the South Lancashire volume in Pevsner's Buildings of England series.

Marjorie Kay, Blackley, Manchester

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