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First Church of the Christ Scientist


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elizabeth gaskell house manchesterThe 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.

Pevsner described the church as “one of the most original buildings of that time in England, or indeed anywhere.” 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. In turn, this closed in 2003, but the building has recently been converted back into use as a Church.

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