Protecting and improving Withington, Ladybarn and Old Moat
News Events Pictures History Newsletters

Welcome to Withington Civic Society

The Society works to protect and improve the environment and amenities of Withington, Old Moat and Ladybarn in Manchester, U.K.

Withington is an attractive and thriving district of south Manchester, with a long history, a diverse population and a village centre which is a Conservation Area.

The Civic Society was founded more than 30 years ago and has provided a focus for celebrating and conserving our heritage, and ensuring that the area continues to be an attractive place for residents and visitors.

The Society welcomes new members
and new ideas. We offer an opportunity to take a positive role in building the future. If you care about the Withington area, we encourage you to support the Society and to become involved in our activities. Visit the Membership Page for details.

To keep informed about news and events in the Withington area, subscribe to the email newsletter.


The Christie hospital has submitted a planning application for a six-level multistorey carpark to the south of Withington Village. Details of the proposal can be found here (search using reference 117847/FO/2017). The deadline for responses (originally 8th November), is now 30th November. The proposal has major consequences for Withington in terms of the scale of the development, traffic movements and congestion, and what effect, if any, this will have on on-street parking and the inappropriate use of public carparks in the Village. Here is a short summary of the issues. More details are available here. The Civic Society submission to the City Council is here.

The Civic Society urges residents to respond to the City Council, either online by "Making a Comment" on the City Council website, or via email to David Lawless at or in a letter addressed to:  Mr David Lawless,   Planning and Regeneration, Manchester City Council, Manchester, M60 2LA, quoting reference number 117847/FO/2017.

Visit Withington Baths to see the newly refurbished community space - Studio 2: Crowdfunded through "Love Withington Baths" | Blue plaque on Factory Records building"February Fusion" - a party for WithingtonFloral displays in Withington 2016/17 | Christmas in Withington 2016 | Best-dressed Window Competition 2016 - resultsNew oral history of Withington: A collection of memoirs | Withington at the Manchester Histories Fair Withington Campaign Action Day 2016 | St Paul's Primary School remembers WWI | Closure of the NatWest Bank in the Village | Award for Roger Smith, Civic Society Chair: See news page and community events page | Sian Astley of Love Withington Baths receives university award | The Civic Society's publication A walk through the history of Withington is now on sale in Withington Library | Gavin White, of the Civic Society, receives a community award | Christies Neighbourhood Forum | Withington Village Action Plan | MCC Twitter for Withington @mccwithington


Monday, 23rd October. 7.30pm in St. Chad's Church, Ladybarn. Science and Religion Evening : Living with nuclear power. Presented by Olivia Voyce of Liverpool University, who has studied the effects of nuclear power worldwide, including the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster. All welcome. Refreshments £3.

Saturday 28th October 10.30am to 4.00 pm. Musicathon in aid of funds for Francis House Children's Hospice. Christchurch URC (111, Burnage Lane, M19 2WQ). A musical marathon fundraiser, with charity stall, Christmas cards and gifts. All welcome. More details.

First Sunday of each month: Old Moat Park Volunteers. Picnic 1pm, litter-pick 2pm. All welcome. Come along for fun and improve your local park.

Over-50s activities in Ladybarn: Wednesdays and Thursdays 11.30am-1.30pm in St. Chad's Hall. Activities together with a lunch. Full details are here.

Every Sunday 11-12Albemarle Allotments Association Visit the hut to meet the gardeners. The main gate is at the junction of Lynmouth Avenue and Minehead Avenue. Contact: or visit the website

Tuesdays at 7.30pm: Philharmonic Choir of Manchester: Meet St Paul’s Church, Wilmslow Road, Withington M20 4AW.

Introduction to our history | History tourOral history: Memoirs of the Withington area | Old mapsBuildings and places | Churches and chapels, Public houses and Parks | Famous Withingtonians | Old Moat Ladybarn | Old photographs | Withington Library | Withington Baths | Withington Public Hall and InstituteWithington Green | Streams and brooks | Alexander Park aerodromeCotton Lane | The Manor of Withington | Withington Methodism | Withington Hall and Schill Rock Gardens Ladybarn Social Club | Lapwing Lane ArcadeWithington trough | Withington SynagogueWithington Hospital | Withington in the history of popular musicA compilation of Withington buildings of historical interest, and Listed Buildings | Pictures of buildings of historical interest | More pictures of buildings of historical interest Bibliography of our history


Problems in Withington with the maintenance of public spaces, with refuse, with drains, graffiti, poor paving, faulty lighting, excessive noise, etc. should be reported to (preferably), or phone 0161 234 5004, or email The more problems reported, the more action is taken.

Information on use of material from the website | Contact the webmaster