Didsbury shown within Greater Manchester
|Population||14,292 (Census 2001)|
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Didsbury (IPA: /ˈdɪdzbəri/) is a suburban area of the City of Manchester, in North West England. The Manchester Ship Canal is a wide long river navigation in North West England, opened on 21 May 1894 Greater Manchester is a Metropolitan county in North West England, with a population of 2 In Biology a population is the collection of inter-breeding organisms of a particular Species; in Sociology A nationwide Census, commonly known as Census 2001, was conducted in the United Kingdom on Sunday 29 April 2001 Population density (in agriculture standing stock and Standing crop) is a measurement of Population per unit area or unit volume The square mile is an imperial and US unit of Area equal the area of a square of one statute mile. 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Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland It is 4. 5 miles (7. A mile is a unit of Length, usually used to measure Distance, in a number of different systems including Imperial units United States 2 km) south of Manchester City Centre, and has a population of about 14,000. The kilometre ( American spelling: kilometer) symbol km is a unit of Length in the Metric system, equal to one thousand Manchester City Centre is the Central business district of both Manchester and Greater Manchester, in North West England.  The area is intersected by Wilmslow Road, said by some analysts to be the busiest bus corridor in Europe. Wilmslow Road is a major thoroughfare in South Manchester, England running from Parrs Wood to Manchester City Centre.
Didsbury is considered to be a desirable residential area, predominantly populated by young professionals, families and students. 
The Towers, now known as the Shirley Institute, was once the home of engineer Daniel Adamson – the driving force behind the Manchester Ship Canal project – and the venue where the decision to build the canal was taken. Daniel Adamson ( 30 April 1820 &ndash 13 January 1890) was a notable English Engineer who became a successful manufacturer The Manchester Ship Canal is a wide long river navigation in North West England, opened on 21 May 1894  The house was designed by Salford architect Thomas Worthington, for the editor and proprietor of the Manchester Guardian, John Edward Taylor. Thomas Worthington (1826 &ndash 1909 was an eminent 19th-century English Architect, particularly associated with public buildings in his native Salford The Guardian (until 1959 The Manchester Guardian) is a British Newspaper owned by the Guardian Media Group. John Edward Taylor ( September 11, 1791 - January 6, 1844) was the founder of the Manchester Guardian newspaper later The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds was formed in Didsbury in 1889. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds ( RSPB) is a British Charitable organisation which works to promote conservation and protection 
Didsbury derives its name from the Anglo-Saxon Dyddi's burg, probably referring to a man known as Dyddi whose stronghold or township it was. The history of Manchester is one of change from a minor Lancastrian township into the pre-eminent industrial Metropolis of the United Kingdom  In the 13th century, Didsbury was variously named as Dydesbyre, Dydesbiri, Didsbury, or Dodesbury. 
The earliest reference to Didsbury is in a document dating from 1235, recording a grant of land for the building of a chapel.  The church was originally called St Oswald, but was renamed as St James in 1855. It underwent major refurbishment in 1620 and in the 19th century, although most of the stonework visible today dates from the 17th century.  The area around St James Church has the highest concentration of listed buildings in Manchester, outside the city centre. A listed building in the United Kingdom is a building or other structure officially designated as being of special architectural historical or cultural significance  The two public houses that flanked the nearby village green, The Didsbury Inn and The Olde Cock Inn, were described in the late 1880s by local Alderman Fletcher Moss as the "gates of Hell", because of the temptation they offered to drop in for drink rather than go to the church.  A charter granted in about 1260 shows that a corn-grinding mill was operating in Didsbury, along the River Mersey. 
Didsbury was one of the few places between Stretford and Stockport where the River Mersey could be forded, which made it significant for troop movements during the English Civil War, in which Manchester was on the Parliamentarian side. A ford is a place in a Watercourse (most commonly a stream or River) that is shallow enough to be crossed by wading on Horseback or in a wheeled The English Civil War (1642-1651 was a series of armed conflicts and political machinations between Parliamentarians and Royalists. " Roundheads " was the Nickname given to the Puritan supporters of Parliament during the English Civil War. The Royalist commander, Prince Rupert, stationed himself at Didsbury Ees, to the south of Barlow Moor. Cavalier was the name used by Parliamentarians for a Royalist supporter of King Charles I during the English Civil War ( 1642 &ndash 1651 Rupert Count Palatine of the Rhine Duke of Bavaria (German Ruprecht Pfalzgraf bei Rhein Herzog von Bayern) commonly called Prince Rupert of the Rhine, (17 It is also likely that Bonnie Prince Charlie crossed the Mersey at Didsbury in 1745, in the Jacobite march south from Manchester to Derby, and again in the subsequent retreat. For the US politician see Charles E Stuart For "Betty Burke" see The 'Forty-Five' below Jacobitism was (and to a limited extent remains the political movement dedicated to the restoration of the Stuart kings to the thrones of England, Scotland 
Jewish immigrants started to arrive in Manchester from the late-18th century, initially settling mainly in the suburbs to the north of the city. From the 1890s onwards, many of them moved to what were seen as the more "sophisticated" suburbs in the south, such as Withington and Didsbury.  The influx of Jewish immigrants led to Didsbury being nicknamed "Yidsbury" and Palatine Road, a main road through West Didsbury, "Palestine Road". 
During the Victorian expansion of Manchester, Didsbury developed as a prosperous settlement; a few mansions from the period still exist on Wilmslow Road between Didsbury Village and Parrs Wood to the east and Withington to the north, but they have now been converted to nursing homes and offices. The opening of the Midland Railway line in 1880 contributed greatly to the rapid growth in the population of Didsbury, with stations at Didsbury and Withington and West Didsbury offering easy rail connections to Manchester Central Station. The Midland Railway (MR was a Railway company in the United Kingdom, which existed from 1844 to 1922 when it became part of the London Midland and Scottish Manchester Central (Formerly known as the GMEX centre and Manchester International Conference Centre (MICC is an exhibition and conference centre housed in a former The line closed in 1967, although Didsbury station building remained standing until its demolition in the 1980s. The station clock and water fountain have survived, dedicated to local doctor and campaigner for the poor, Dr. J. Milson Rhodes. 
On 28 April 1910, French pilot Louis Paulhan landed his Farman biplane in Barcicroft Fields, Pytha Fold Farm, on the borders of Withington, Burnage and Didsbury, at the end of the first powered flight from London to Manchester, with one short overnight stop at Lichfield. Events 1192 - Assassination of Conrad of Montferrat (Conrad I King of Jerusalem, in Tyre, two days after his title Year 1910 ( MCMX) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year starting Louis Paulhan (born 1883 Pézenas, died 1963 Saint-Jean-de-Luz) was a French pilot who in 1910 flew " Le Canard " the world's first seaplane Farman Aviation Works was an aeronautic enterprise founded and run by the brothers Henry and Maurice Farman. Paulhan beat the British contender, Claude Grahame-White, winning a £10,000 prize offered by the Daily Mail. Claude Grahame White (August 21 1879 – August 19, 1959) was an English pioneer of Aviation, and the first to make a night flight during the Daily The Daily Mail is a British newspaper currently published in a tabloid format  Two special trains were chartered to Burnage Station to take spectators to the landing. Paulhan's progress was followed throughout by a special train carrying his wife, Henri Farman and his mechanics. Henri Farman (born Henry Farman ( May 26, 1874 - July 18, 1958) was a French Aviator and Aircraft designer and manufacturer A house in Paulhan Road, is marked by a blue plaque to commemorate his achievement. In the United Kingdom, a blue plaque is a permanent sign installed in a public place to commemorate a link between that location and a famous person or event
In the early 13th century, Didsbury lay within the manor of Withington, a feudal estate that also included the townships of Withington, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Moss Side, Rusholme, Burnage, Denton and Haughton, ruled by the Hathersage, Longford and Tatton families, and within the historic county boundaries of Lancashire. This article is about the medieval system "Manors" redirects here Withington is a suburban area of the City of Manchester, in North West England. Chorlton-cum-Hardy is a suburban area of the City of Manchester, North West England, known locally as Chorlton. Moss Side is a residential suburb district and electoral ward of Manchester in North West England situated two miles Rusholme is a part of Manchester, in North West England, about two miles south of Manchester city centre. Burnage is a Neighbourhood of the City of Manchester in North West England. Denton is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Tameside, Greater Manchester, England. Haughton Green is a large village in Tameside, Greater Manchester, England. The historic counties of England are ancient subdivisions of England. Lancashire is a non-metropolitan county of historic origin in the North West of England, bounded to the west by the Irish Sea  Didsbury remained within the manor of Withington for several centuries.
By 1764, Didsbury was described as a township in its own right.  It became a civil parish in 1866, and in 1876 was incorporated into the Withington Urban Sanitary District, superseded in 1894 by the creation of Withington Urban District. A civil parish in the United Kingdom is a unit of local government.  In 1904, Withington Urban District became a part of the City of Manchester, and Didsbury was absorbed into the city, although it remained a civil parish until 1910.
Didsbury is in the parliamentary constituency of Manchester Withington, and is represented by John Leech MP, a member of the Liberal Democrats. A constituency is any cohesive corporate unit or body bound by shared structures goals or loyalty Manchester Withington is a parliamentary constituency in the city of Manchester. John Leech (born 11 April 1971, Wakefield, Yorkshire) is a British Politician and the Liberal Democrat The Liberal Democrats, often shortened to Lib Dems, are a liberal Political party in the United Kingdom, formed in 1988 by merging the Manchester Withington became the first constituency in Manchester since 1929 to elect a Liberal Democrat upon Leech's election in 2005. The previous encumbent of the seat, Keith Bradley, had held the seat for Labour for 18 years. Keith John Charles Bradley Baron Bradley PC (born 17 May 1950, Birmingham) is a British Labour Party politician and The Labour Party is a Political party in the United Kingdom. Founded at the start of the 20th century it has been since the 1920s the principal party of the Lucy Powell was chosen as the Labour Party's Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the constituency in March 2007. Lucy Powell (born 1975 is a British Labour Party Politician and Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Manchester Withington. Prospective parliamentary candidate ( PPC) is a term used in British politics to refer to candidates selected by political parties to fight individual 
Until 2004, most of the area formed the Didsbury ward of Manchester City Council with a section of West Didsbury contained within the Barlow Moor ward. In Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States, a ward is an Electoral district However, boundary changes in 2004 resulted in Didsbury being split mainly between the two new wards of Didsbury East and Didsbury West while a small section of West Didsbury was incorporated into the new ward of Chorlton park.  Didsbury East is represented by Liberal Democrat councillors Helen Fisher, Tony Parkinson and David Sandiford. Helen Fisher may refer to Helen Fisher (anthropologist (born 1945 Helen Fisher (politician David Sandiford is a Liberal Democrat politician in the City of Manchester.  Didsbury West is represented by Liberal Democrat councillors Graham Shaw, Neil Trafford and Mark Clayton. Graham Laurence Shaw, (born July 9, 1934 in Sheffield - died 1998 was an English Mark Gregory Clayton (born April 8, 1961 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a former American football Wide receiver who played  All wards within Manchester elect in thirds on a four yearly cycle. The United Kingdom has five distinct types of Elections UK general elections elections to national/regional parliaments and assemblies elections to the European Parliament
Didsbury, at The geography of Greater Manchester is dominated by one of the United Kingdom 's largest Metropolitan areas and in this capacity the landlocked Metropolitan county 4166, -2. 2311), is located below the midpoint of the Greater Manchester Urban Area, 4. The Greater Manchester Urban Area is an area of land defined by the Office for National Statistics consisting of the large Conurbation surrounding and including the 5 miles (7. 2 km) south of Manchester City Centre. Manchester City Centre is the Central business district of both Manchester and Greater Manchester, in North West England. To the north, Didsbury is bordered by Withington, Chorlton-cum-Hardy and Burnage, to the west by Northenden, to the east and south-east by Heaton Moor and Cheadle, and by Gatley to the south. Withington is a suburban area of the City of Manchester, in North West England. Chorlton-cum-Hardy is a suburban area of the City of Manchester, North West England, known locally as Chorlton. Burnage is a Neighbourhood of the City of Manchester in North West England. Northenden is an area of Wythenshawe in the City of Manchester, in North West England. Heaton Moor is one of the Four Heatons located in Stockport. It borders on Heaton Chapel, Heaton Norris and Heaton Mersey. Cheadle is a small town in the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport in Greater Manchester, England Gatley is a suburban area of the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport, in Greater Manchester, England.(53.
The River Mersey forms Didsbury's southern and southwestern boundaries and certain stretches of the river also demarcate the boundaries of the City of Manchester. See also Mersey River (Tasmania and Mersey River (Nova Scotia. The area (East Didsbury, West Didsbury and Didsbury) is generally considered to be roughly enclosed by Princess Parkway to the west, Kingsway to the east and the Ball Brook, just north of Lapwing Lane/Fog Lane to the north. This northern boundary is marked by a boundary stone in the front garden wall of a house on the west side of Wilmslow Road. A "country trail" passes from West Didsbury to East, named the Trans Pennine Trail (National Cycle Route 62). The National Cycle Network is a network of cycle routes in the United Kingdom. It was sited along a disused railway track, as part of a nationwide initiative to promote cycling. 
The parts of Didsbury around the banks of the Mersey lie within the river's flood plain, and so have historically been prone to flooding after heavy rainfall.  The last major flooding was in the late 1960s, thanks to the extensive flood mitigation work carried out along the Mersey Valley through Manchester in the 1970s, which helped to speed up the passage of floodwater. Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden also acts as an emergency flood basin, storing floodwater until it can be safely released back into the river. Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden (known locally as Fletcher Moss) is situated in Didsbury, Manchester, England. 
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|Over 75 years old||10%||6%||8%|
The United Kingdom Census 2001 recorded Didsbury as having a population of 14,292, of whom 87% were born in the United Kingdom. A nationwide Census, commonly known as Census 2001, was conducted in the United Kingdom on Sunday 29 April 2001 England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland A nationwide Census, commonly known as Census 2001, was conducted in the United Kingdom on Sunday 29 April 2001  The under-16s accounted for 17% of the population, and the over-65s for 15%. The population density in 2001 was 5,276/square mile (2,037/km²). 
As of the UK's 2001 census, Didsbury had an estimated workforce of 10,755 or 75% of the population. The economy of Manchester is one of the largest in the United Kingdom. A nationwide Census, commonly known as Census 2001, was conducted in the United Kingdom on Sunday 29 April 2001 Economic status in Didsbury was: 48% in full-time employment, 11% retired, 10% self-employed, 8% in part-time employment, 4% full-time student (without job), 4% housewife/husband or carer, 4% permanently sick or disabled, 4% unemployed, and 2% economically inactive for unstated reasons.  Didsbury's 48% rate of full-time employment compares with 33% in Manchester and 41% across the whole of England. 
The area's 4% unemployment rate is in contrast to Manchester's rate of 9%, and broadly in line with the 5% rate of unemployment for England. 
In 2001, the main industries of employment in Didsbury were 20% property and business services, 15% education, 15% health and social work, 10% retail and wholesale, 9% manufacturing, 6% transport and communications, 5% financial services, 4% hotels and restaurants, 4% construction, 4% public administration and defence, and 8% other.  These figures were similar to those from surrounding areas, but Didsbury did have a relatively larger education sector than other nearby wards, perhaps explained by the high density of schools in the area. A significant number of people (12%) commute to areas outside Didsbury; at the 2001 census there were 6,555 jobs in Didsbury, compared with the 7,417 employed residents. 
The central shopping area, along Wilmslow Road, has developed a European-like cafe culture over recent years, with the opening of many new bars, cafes and delicatessens. A coffeehouse ( French / Portuguese: café; Spanish: cafetería; Italian: caffè  The original site of Didsbury Village is in the conservation area now known as Didsbury St James, about half a mile (1 km) to the south of what is today's village centre. 
The traditional independent retailers are gradually being replaced by multi-national firms, raising fears that Didsbury may lose its individual identity and become a "clone town".  The 200-year-old Peacock's Funeral Parlour, one of the few pre-Victorian buildings in the village and regarded by some as the centrepiece of the village, was demolished in the summer of 2005. The owner, United Co-op, blamed changing demographics for the closure of the funeral parlour; with more and more homes being occupied by young professional people, the death rate was falling in the area. 
The Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden is a 21-acre (8. Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden (known locally as Fletcher Moss) is situated in Didsbury, Manchester, England. 5 ha) recreational park south of the village centre. Explanation The hectare is commonly used in most countries around the world especially in domains concerned with land planning and management such as Agriculture, It is named after local Alderman Fletcher Moss, who donated the park to the city of Manchester in 1919. An alderman is a member of a municipal assembly or council in many jurisdictions  In 2007, it won the Green Flag Award, the national standard for parks and green spaces in England, an award it has held since 2000. 
Didsbury Park was also a winner of the Green Flag Award in 2007. Didsbury (ˈdɪdzbəri is a suburban area of the City of Manchester, in Greater Manchester, England  It is a community park in Didsbury village centre that comprises a bowls area, creche, football pitch and play area. Bowls (also known as Lawn Bowls or Lawn Bowling) is a precision Sport in which the goal is to roll slightly radially asymmetrical Balls Once a year, at the Didsbury Festival, pupils from local schools dress up to a theme and meet in the playground of St. Catherine's Primary School, in nearby East Didsbury, from where they parade to Didsbury Park.
Marie Louise Gardens is a relatively small park to the west of the centre of Didsbury. The park was originally owned by the Silkenstadt family as part of the grounds of their house. The land was bequeathed to the people of Manchester by Mrs Silkenstadt in 1904 in memory of her daughter, Marie Louise.  The park was at the centre of controversy in 2007 after Manchester City Council proposed to sell a portion of it to a private property developer. 
Between 1956 and 1969, the old Capitol Cinema at the junction of Parrs Wood Road and School Lane served as the northern studios of ITV station ABC Weekend Television. Associated British Corporation (otherwise known as ABC Television or ABC Weekend Television) was one of a number of commercial television companies set up in the 1950s Early episodes of The Avengers and Armchair Theatre were made in the studios, as well as programmes such as Opportunity Knocks. The Avengers was a British Television series featuring Secret agents in 1960s Britain. Armchair Theatre was a British Television drama anthology series which ran on the ITV network from 1956 until 1968 in its original form Opportunity Knocks is a UK Television Talent show originally hosted by Hughie Green. ABC closed the site in 1969, on its merger with fellow ITV company Rediffusion. Associated-Rediffusion, later Rediffusion London, was the British ITV contractor for London and parts of The site was then used briefly by Yorkshire Television until its own facilities in Leeds were ready. Yorkshire Television is the ITV contractor for the Yorkshire franchise In 1970, the studios were bought by Manchester Polytechnic, who used it for cinema and television studies. Manchester Metropolitan University is a university based in the city of Manchester. The building was demolished in the late 1990s, to make way for a residential development. 
Wilmslow Road provides Didsbury with a regular bus service due to the strong demand for travel by students along the corridor. Wilmslow Road is a major thoroughfare in South Manchester, England running from Parrs Wood to Manchester City Centre. The service is cheap and passengers rarely have to wait more than a couple of minutes. According to some analysts, Wilmslow Road is the busiest bus corridor in Europe; however, the route divides into two on its way into the city centre. Manchester City Centre is the Central business district of both Manchester and Greater Manchester, in North West England. Didsbury is close to junction 5 of Manchester's ring road, the M60 motorway. The M60 motorway is an orbital Motorway circling Greater Manchester, a Metropolitan county in North West England. Manchester Airport, the busiest airport in the UK outside London, is about 4 miles (6. Manchester Airport is a major Airport in the vicinity of Manchester, England, and the largest airport in the United Kingdom outside the 5 km) to the south.
The nearest railway stations are in East Didsbury and Burnage, on the line between Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport. East Didsbury is a suburban railway station in south of the city of Manchester, England. Burnage railway station is a suburban railway station on the Styal Line, opened between Longsight (Slade Lane Junction and Wilmslow in 1909 Manchester Piccadilly station, known locally as just Piccadilly, is the principal railway station of Manchester in England. Manchester Airport is a major Airport in the vicinity of Manchester, England, and the largest airport in the United Kingdom outside the The stations in Didsbury Village and West Didsbury were closed in the 1960s. Plans to extend the Manchester Metrolink through Didsbury and beyond were rejected by the government in 2004, due to escalating costs. Manchester Metro redirects here - for the Manchester Metroshuttle free bus routes see Metroshuttle or First Manchester Manchester Metrolink  New plans were drawn up in 2007, with at least some of the money required for the construction of the line planned to come from the proposed Manchester Congestion Charge, which is expected to be implemented in 2012.
Didsbury has a non-selective education system, assessed by the SATs exam. The List of schools in Greater Manchester, England is divided by metropolitan borough National Curriculum assessments are a series of educational assessments used to assess the attainment of children attending maintained schools in England. There are seven primary schools and two state comprehensive secondary schools: Parrs Wood High School, a specialist school in arts and technology, and The Barlow RC High School, a specialist science college. See also Primary education A primary school (from French école primaire) is an institution where children receive the first stage of Compulsory Secondary school is a term used to describe an educational Institution where the final stage of compulsory schooling known as Secondary education, takes Parrs Wood High School (known locally as just Parrs Wood) is a specialist arts and technology state comprehensive Secondary school and higher education College The specialist schools programme is a UK government initiative which encourages Secondary schools in England to specialise in certain areas of the curriculum Arts Colleges were introduced in 1995 as part of the Specialist Schools Programme in the United Kingdom. Technology College is a term used in the UK for a Specialist school that focuses on design and technology, Mathematics and Science The Barlow RC High School & Specialist Science College (known locally as just Barlow) is a well-known comprehensive educational institute located in the south Science Colleges were introduced as part of the Specialist Schools Programme in the United Kingdom. The Barlow RC High School is one of those chosen by Manchester Council to benefit from funding made available in wave 4 of the government's Building Schools for the Future programme, a national scheme for the refurbishment and remodelling of every secondary school in England. Building Schools for the Future (BSF is the name of the UK Government 's investment programme in Secondary school buildings in England.  It is planned to replace all the current buildings, which date back to 1951. Parrs Wood and The Barlow were two of only six schools in Manchester to achieve the Manchester Inclusion Standard in 2007, awarded by Manchester Council to those schools doing innovative work to ensure that all their pupils are able to participate fully in the school’s activities. 
Parrs Wood, with about 2,000 pupils on its register, is much larger than the average, and is heavily over-subscribed each year. It was described in its March 2001 Ofsted report as "a very good school with some excellent features".  The Barlow RC High School is an average size secondary school, with about 1,000 pupils. It too is regularly over-subscribed. It was described in its October 2003 Ofsted report as "a successful and effective school that is providing a good education for its pupils". 
There are two centres of higher education in Didsbury: City College, Manchester's Fielden Campus, which was opened in 1972 by Margaret Thatcher, mostly offers courses in communication and technology; and Manchester Metropolitan University's Didsbury Campus is home to the faculties of health, social care, and education, along with the Broomhurst Hall of Residence. See also The Manchester College City College Manchester was a network of Further education campuses in Manchester, England. Margaret Hilda Thatcher Baroness Thatcher LG, OM, PC, FRS (born 13 October 1925 Manchester Metropolitan University is a university based in the city of Manchester. 
It is uncertain when the first chapel was built in Didsbury, but it is thought to have been before the middle of the 13th century. This is a partial list of churches in Greater Manchester, North West England, split according to Metropolitan district. Christianity ( Greek Χριστιανισμός from the word Xριστός ( Christ)is a monotheistic Religion centered on the life and teachings For other meanings including people named 'Islam' see Islam (disambiguation. Judaism (from the Greek Ioudaïsmos, derived from the Hebrew יהודה Yehudah, " Judah " in Hebrew יַהֲדוּת Yahedut Hinduism is a religious tradition that originated in the Indian subcontinent. When the plague reached the village in 1352 the chapel yard was consecrated to provide a cemetery for the victims, it being "inconvenient to carry the dead all the way to Manchester". The Black Death, or the Black Plague, was one of the deadliest Pandemics in human history widely thought to have been caused by a bacterium named Yersinia 
Didsbury is not as religiously diverse as some other areas of Manchester. It has the second largest Jewish population in the borough and a medium Muslim population in comparison with areas such as Rusholme, Longsight and Levenshulme. PLEASE TAKE NOTE************ A Muslim (مسلم pronounced Muslim, not Muzlim) is an adherent of the Religion Rusholme is a part of Manchester, in North West England, about two miles south of Manchester city centre. Longsight is an area of the City of Manchester, in North West England. Levenshulme is an Urban area of the City of Manchester, in North West England. The BBC Radio 4 Daily Service programme of Christian worship – the world's oldest continuous radio programme – is often broadcast from Emmanuel Church, on Barlow Moor Road.  Two of Didsbury's religious buildings are Grade II listed: Didsbury Methodist Church of St Paul, and the Nazarene Theological College. A listed building in the United Kingdom is a building or other structure officially designated as being of special architectural historical or cultural significance The Nazarene Theological College, one of several institutions of higher education affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, is a Seminary in Didsbury  A converted church in West Didsbury houses the Didsbury Mosque and Islamic Centre.  There are also two synagogues, the Shaare Hayim Synagogue and Sha'are Sedek Synagogue. 
Didsbury is in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salford, and the Church of England Diocese of Manchester. The Church of England is the officially established Christian church in England, the Mother Church of the worldwide Anglican 
Didsbury Sports Centre, on Wilmslow Road, is a part of the Manchester Metropolitan University campus. Manchester Metropolitan University is a university based in the city of Manchester. It provides a fitness suite and classes and facilities for badminton and tennis.
Didsbury has two rugby union clubs, Toc H R. F. C. and Old Bedians. Toc H, founded in 1924, plays at Simons Fields, on Ford Lane.  Its first team plays in the North Lancashire and Cumbria league. The club runs four senior teams and a youth section, and has run a 10-a-side competition every May since 1951, as a charity fund raiser for local hospices. Old Bedians is based in East Didbury, and was founded in 1954. It regularly fields three senior teams as well as a junior section. Desmond Pastore, believed to be the oldest rugby player in the world, was a founder member of the club, and later became its president.  Formerly a player for Sale and Cheshire, Desmond played his last game for Manchester club Egor on his 91st birthday. 
Didsbury Cricket Club fields three Saturday teams and two Sunday teams. The first eleven plays in the Cheshire County League Division 1. As well as the five senior teams, the club also has a junior section comprising four age sections between 11 and 18. It is also home to Manchester Waconians Lacrosse Club and Didsbury Grey's Women's Hockey Team, which do not actually play at the site but at grounds in Belle Vue, that were designed for the XVII Commonwealth Games. Lacrosse is a full contact Team sport played using a solid rubber ball and long handled racket called a crosse or Lacrosse stick. Hockey is any of a family of Sports in which two teams compete by trying to maneuver a Ball, or a hard round rubber or heavy plastic disc called a puck Belle Vue is a district of Manchester (post code M12 England between Longsight and Gorton. The 2002 Commonwealth Games were held in Manchester, England from 25 July to 4 August 2002  Northern Tennis Club, in West Didsbury, is one of Manchester's few racquet clubs; it annually plays host to an Association of Tennis Professionals tournament in July. The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP was formed in 1972 to protect the interests of male professional Tennis players
Daniel Adamson, promoter of the Manchester Ship Canal, lived at The Towers (blue plaque – now the Shirley Institute) on Wilmslow Road from 1874 until his death in 1890. Daniel Adamson ( 30 April 1820 &ndash 13 January 1890) was a notable English Engineer who became a successful manufacturer The Manchester Ship Canal is a wide long river navigation in North West England, opened on 21 May 1894 In the United Kingdom, a blue plaque is a permanent sign installed in a public place to commemorate a link between that location and a famous person or event His Grade II listed home, designed by Thomas Worthington for John Edward Taylor, the editor and proprietor of the Manchester Guardian, was the venue for the 1882 meeting at which it was decided to construct the Ship Canal project. A listed building in the United Kingdom is a building or other structure officially designated as being of special architectural historical or cultural significance Thomas Worthington (1826 &ndash 1909 was an eminent 19th-century English Architect, particularly associated with public buildings in his native Salford John Edward Taylor ( September 11, 1791 - January 6, 1844) was the founder of the Manchester Guardian newspaper later The Guardian (until 1959 The Manchester Guardian) is a British Newspaper owned by the Guardian Media Group.  Kirsty Howard was the final runner to carry the Queen's Baton at the opening of the 2002 Commonwealth Games, when she was chaperoned by England football captain David Beckham. Kirsty Howard (born September 20, 1995) is a British girl most notable for her charity work The 2002 Commonwealth Games were held in Manchester, England from 25 July to 4 August 2002 Born with a rare condition in which her heart is back-to-front, she has been a resident in Didsbury's Francis House Hospice, for which she has raised over £5 million.  Lord Marcus Joseph Sieff, the chairman of Marks & Spencer from 1972 to 1982, was born in Didsbury in 1913. Marks & Spencer Group plc (also M&S, Marks and Sparks, and Marks) is a British Retailer with 843 stores in more than 30 Vini Reilly, the lead singer in the Durutti Column, was born in the village in 1953. Vincent "Vini" Gerard Reilly (b August 1953) is an English musician and leader of the Post-punk group The Durutti Column See Durruti Column for the anarchist column during the Spanish Civil War.