The Old Parsonage Stenner Lane Didsbury Manchester M20 2RQ 0161 445 7661

Welcome to Didsbury Civic Society (DCS)

The minutes of our last meeting are here. We hope you enjoy your visit. You can support us by becoming a member (Only £15 a year).

Latest News

Didsbury Heritage Open Days 9th, 10th, 16th and 17th September 2023

Each September thousands of volunteers across the country invite you to experience local history, architecture and culture. All for free. What will you discover?! Visit historic places in Didsbury.

View the places open (free) here.

Visit the national programme here.

Find out about the mural panels on East Didsbury railway bridge. A description of the images on the panels, who/what they are, and their connection to Didsbury, can be viewed here.

The design can be viewed here.

Didsbury Civic Society and the Cenotaph Garden of Contemplation Project Team are pleased to announce the result of the Public Consultation held at Didsbury Library during December 2023. Peter Clare`s design was considered to be the best design overall by the majority of those who gave their feedback. The features that received the most favourable feedback were the seating arrangements, the circular nature of the paving design and a water feature.

We would extend a big thank you to Leaping Frog and Rootstock for submitting your designs and showing great enthusiasm for the project. Didsbury Civic Society will be meeting with the council to discuss the next steps. The Project still requires further funding; nevertheless, the Project team is confident that Phase 1 landscaping can start late 2023/early 2024.

Current Projects

Heritage Open Days 9th and 10th September 2023

This year about 12 buildings will be open. There is also a walking programme planned and mapped by Manchester Geographical. A public talk is also planned at Didsbury C of E on Henry Simon and Family members. All are welcome. Entrance is free.

Garden of Contemplation

Didsbury community organisations and local councillors are raising funds for a new Garden of Contemplation in the surrounding grounds at the Cenotaph. The public consultation is now closed, and Peter Clare`s design was selected. The website about the garden can be found here.

Social trips

Our next trip is 3rd May 2023 to Elsecar Heritage Centre and Wentworth Woodhouse, both near Rotherham. Details can be found here. Open to non members.

Photos and films of old and new Didsbury

Our archive of Didsbury photos, dating back to the late 1800s, and films on the heritage of Didsbury, can be viewed here. We are also planning to preserve the ghost sign at Costa Coffee (pictured). Read more.