Withington Civic Society

Welcome to Withington Civic Society

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

Withington Civic Society works to protect and improve the environment and amenities of Withington, Old Moat and Ladybarn. The Society was founded more than 40 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.


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Walk around Withington Village to enjoy the new urban gallery of wall art, featured in the national press and on TV | The new "pocket park" on Parsonage Road is nearing completion | New Civic Society planters on Copson Street | Withington area has been awarded two substantial HLF grants: (a) Restoration of the historically-important pipe organ in St. Chad's Church, (b) Renovation of the Edwardian splendor of Withington Baths | A public access defibrillator is installed in the Village, thanks to the Civic Society | Visit Withington Baths to see a refurbished community space, gardens etc. | Blue plaque on the Factory Records building at 86 Palatine Road | New oral history of Withington: A collection of memoirs | MCC Twitter for Withington @mccwithington

Pictures of Withington

Withington history

Withington area has a rich history going back to medieval times, with an enormous growth in the Victorian period, and a wealth of modern history. From a lost aerodrome to popular music, from famous people to ancient maps, from hidden rivers to pioneering hospitals, from magnificent parks to lost halls, from a medieval manor to a thriving modern commercial centre, this is your opportunity to explore this history.


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