Didsbury - cafe culture in Cheshire
PUBLISHED: 00:15 26 March 2010 | UPDATED: 16:58 20 February 2013
Everyone loves Didsbury for its cafÃ© culture and village appeal but did you know it can also claim its place in TV history?
City slickers who are grown older, wiser and a little bit richer are inclined to decamp to Didsbury, with its leafy lanes and sophisticated urban ambience. It's home to creative types, lecturers and students, plus there's the unbelievable fact of it once having had the legendary Nico of Warhol's Factory and Velvet Underground fame as a resident, which only adds to the bohemian vibe.
Both West Didsbury and Didsbury village are blessed with a thriving cafe, bar and restaurant culture, which has created a European cafe society feel to the area but there's always the potential too, to lean on the bar of an unpretentious old pub and enjoy a pint of well-chosen ale and a simple lunch.
The garden suburb
Fletcher Moss botanical gardens is the place to sit and read the Sunday newspapers in the summertime and brush up on your knowledge of plants. There's also a lovely Georgian house bordered by a high walled garden, named after Fletcher Moss, the alderman who bought it in around 1884. Here you'll find a small orchid house, many rare tree specimens, a rose garden and a collection of herbaceous plants. Marie Louise Gardens and Didsbury Park add to the possibilities of romantic leafy wandering.
'Ta-ra mum, I'm home!' was one of the idiotic utterances of Jimmy Clitheroe, a diminutive man who played a schoolboy, a sort of predecessor of Jimmie Crankie but perhaps even more disturbing in appearance. It was in Didsbury's old Capitol Cinema, turned ABC TV studios on Parrswood Lane, at the junction of School Lane, where popular television programmes like the Jimmy Clitheroe Show and Opportunity Knocks, which starred oily compere Hughie Green, were made in the 1950s and 1960s.
Episodes of Cracker, starring Robbie Coltrane and the hit drama series Cold Feet were shot in Didsbury, while current or former residents include Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Durutti Column's Vini Reilly, Mick Hucknall,
Cold Feet and Coronation Street star John Thomson, rock musician Peter Hook, and chat-show hosts Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan. Didsbury Tesco became a national news phenomenon, when Madeley, accidentally omitting the payment part of the vendor-customer relationship, left the store with two bottles of wine. He was acquitted.
Lord Marcus Joseph Sieff, the chairman of Marks & Spencer was born in Didsbury in 1913.
The Towers was described as 'the grandest of all Manchester mansions' by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, now known as the Shirley Institute, designed by Salford architect Thomas Worthington, for the editor and proprietor of the Manchester Guardian, John Edward Taylor.
While you're here
It would be rude not to join the locals for the Didsbury Arts Festival from September 25th- October 2nd when music, dance, writing, art and lots more are celebrated in venues from the local library to galleries and cafes.