~ Some Local History ~
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Didsbury Civic Society logo is derived from the Eagle Gate on Stenner Lane which was bought by Fletcher Moss, the most famous of the 'Old Parsonage ' residents, for £10 when the Spread Eagle pub in Corporation Street was being demolished. It cost Fletcher Moss £80 to erect it on site.
Didsbury gets its name from the Didde family who probably settled on a rocky bluff overlooking the River Mersey which used to be the boundary between Lancashire and Cheshire. A church was built later and, together with a river crossing, was to establish “Diddes Borough” as the origins of Didsbury.
St James’ Church and two pubs which flanked the village green were then the centre of Didsbury. This lane between the pubs was known as the 'gates of Hell' because of the temptation to drop in for drink rather than go to church.
The river crossings were very important. The one at Millgate Lane, the oldest road in Didsbury, and the one on the road to Cheadle were used by troops in the Civil War and later for Bonnie Prince Charlie on his march south to London. Over time and with the construction of the Didsbury Flood Basin scheme visual evidence of these river crossings has disappeared.
The routes also made Didsbury a centre for those connected with the early stages of industry in Manchester and where wealthy merchants chose to live. Here the 'establishment' centred on the church. It was still a rural community and well served by people brought up in service, from grooms to gardeners and tradesmen.
There was a period of refurbishment and expansion of the churches including St Paul’s Methodist Church (now home to an advertising agency) and Emmanuel Church. Many renowned families of the Victorian period built grand houses such as Scotscroft, the Cedars, the Elms, Fordbank, Parkfield House, Lawnhurst, Broome House and the chateau-like daddy of them all – The Towers (see 'Places to Visit).
With the coming of the railway to Didsbury in 1870 the geographical centre of the village moved from the area around St James’ and the village became centred around the area we know today (this area was previously known as Barlow Moor).
The streets of terraced houses where working people lived are now the homes of young professionals as Didsbury is one of Manchester’s most popular places to live. With its lively mix of bars, restaurants and shops and with access to walks and parks.
Didsbury has its own Arts Festival, Classic Car Show, Theatre and Music performances and much more to attract all ages.
Didsbury has a sense of community, pride and independence which the Civic Society aims to maintain.
For further detail go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Didsbury.