Ladybarn is a small suburban area between Withington and Fallowfield in the city of Manchester, centred on Ladybarn Lane. It is now part of Manchester's urban sprawl but some of the village's original cobbled streets remain...

 is the part of Fallowfield to the south-east. Chancellors Hotel & Conference Centre
Chancellors Hotel & Conference Centre
Chancellors Hotel & Conference Centre , is a Grade II listed mansion in Fallowfield, Manchester, EnglandThe house was built in 1850 for Sir Joseph Whitworth, by Edward Walters, who was also responsible for Manchester’s Free Trade Hall and Strangeways Prison. The house was surrounded by a estate...

 is used by the University of Manchester
University of Manchester
The University of Manchester is a public research university located in Manchester, United Kingdom. It is a "red brick" university and a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive British universities and the N8 Group...

: it was built by Edward Walters
Edward Walters
Edward Walters was an English architect. After superintending Sir John Rennie's military building work in Constantinople between 1832 and 1837, he returned to England to practise as an architect in the provinces...

 for Sir Joseph Whitworth, as were the Firs Botanical Grounds.


The Holy Innocents Church (Anglican) stands on Wilbraham Road: the church was built in 1870–72 by the architects Price & Linklater using sandstone masonry. The style is Gothic revival and in 1983–84 the interior of the church was altered to designs by the Ellis Williams Partnership. The church was damaged by fire in 1954. The tower is at the south-east corner and is topped by an octagonal spire. The stained glass windows are mostly of the 1890s. After the closing of the nearby parish church of St James, Birch, in 1979 the two parishes were united under the name of the parish of Holy Innocents and St James. There is a student-friendly independent church meeting in a nearby building (Ivy Fallowfield Church in a club service){churchinaclub.co.uk} and there is a Union Baptist Chapel not far away southwards. There is also a Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Wilbraham Road.

Wilbraham Road is also the site of the stylistically eclectic and, for its time, structurally innovative former South Manchester Synagogue
South Manchester Synagogue
The name South Manchester Synagogue refers to both an Orthodox Jewish community in south Manchester, England and to the buildings that it occupies...

 (1913–2003); the building has been converted to other uses.

Platt Chapel

The chapel is on Wilmslow Road south of Grangethorpe Road and was a family chapel of the Worsleys of Platt Hall built in 1699. The present building is a rebuilding of 1790 modified in 1874–75. The congregation began as Independents (Congregationalists) and became Unitarian
Unitarianism is a Christian theological movement, named for its understanding of God as one person, in direct contrast to Trinitarianism which defines God as three persons coexisting consubstantially as one in being....

 during the early 19th century. Since it ceased to be used for worship in 1970 it has been used by various local societies (from 1977). The graveyard, which used to be larger, is surrounded by Platt Fields Park.


Lady Barn House School
Lady Barn House School
Lady Barn House School is an independent primary school on Schools Hill in Cheadle, Greater Manchester, . It was originally in Fallowfield, Manchester, but moved to its present location in the 1950s. It was founded in 1873 by W. H...

, an independent primary school, was founded in Fallowfield in 1873 by W. H. Herford and took its name from the existing house which became its second home. In the 1950s it moved to Cheadle, Cheshire
Cheadle, Greater Manchester
Cheadle is a suburb in the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport in Greater Manchester, England. It borders the districts of Cheadle Hulme, Gatley, Heald Green and Cheadle Heath in Stockport, and the East Didsbury area of Manchester. As of 2001 it had a population of 14,261.-Early history:There has...

 in the 1950s. Other schools and colleges in Fallowfield are the Holy Innocents Primary School (the former school buildings are next to the Holy Innocents Church and have been converted to other uses, they were built in 1882 to the designs of F. H. Oldham), Manchester Grammar School
Manchester Grammar School
The Manchester Grammar School is the largest independent day school for boys in the UK . It is based in Manchester, England...

 in Old Hall Lane, Moseley Road School (Levenshulme High School and Lower School), the Princess Christian College on Wilbraham Road, and the Hollings College (The "Toast Rack") campus of the Manchester Metropolitan University
Manchester Metropolitan University
Manchester Metropolitan University is a university in North West England. Its headquarters and central campus is in the city of Manchester, but there are outlying facilities in the county of Cheshire. It is the third largest university in the United Kingdom in terms of student numbers, behind the...

 at the junction of Old Hall Lane with Wilmslow Road.


Fallowfield has an excellent bus service along Wilmslow Road
Wilmslow Road, Manchester
Wilmslow Road is a major thoroughfare in Manchester, England, running from Parrs Wood north into Manchester City Centre. Its name changes to Oxford Road at Whitworth Park, north of Rusholme, and changes again to Oxford Street, when it reaches the city centre.The road runs through the centres of...

 and other services connect it with Levenshulme
Levenshulme is an urban area of the City of Manchester, in North West England. It borders Longsight, Gorton, Burnage, Heaton Chapel and Reddish, and is approximately halfway between Stockport and Manchester City Centre on the A6 road. The A6 bisects Levenshulme. The Manchester to London railway...

 and Chorlton-cum-Hardy
Chorlton-cum-Hardy is a suburban area of the city of Manchester, England. It is known locally as Chorlton. It is situated about four miles southwest of Manchester city centre. Pronunciation varies: and are both common....

. It also has Mauldeth Road railway station
Mauldeth Road railway station
Mauldeth Road railway station is a suburban railway station in Manchester, England. It lies on the Styal Line between Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport.-History:The station opened in 1909 and is positioned south of Longsight...

 on the Styal Line.

Fallowfield railway station
Fallowfield railway station
Fallowfield railway station was a railway station located on Wilmslow Road in Fallowfield, Manchester, England. Today what remains of the station building is used as a public house called Remedy , with the rest of the site taken by a block of flats and a Sainsbury's supermarket, which curiously...

 was located on Wilmslow Road. What remains of the station building has been converted into a public house
Public house
A public house, informally known as a pub, is a drinking establishment fundamental to the culture of Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. There are approximately 53,500 public houses in the United Kingdom. This number has been declining every year, so that nearly half of the smaller...

; the rest of the site is occupied by a Sainsbury's supermarket and a block of flats.


The 1893 FA Cup final
FA Cup Final
The FA Cup Final, commonly referred to in England as just the Cup Final, is the last match in the Football Association Challenge Cup. With an official attendance of 89,826 at the 2007 FA Cup Final, it is the fourth best attended domestic club championship event in the world and the second most...

 was played at Fallowfield Stadium
Fallowfield Stadium
Fallowfield Stadium was an athletics stadium and velodrome in Fallowfield, Manchester, England. It opened in May 1892 as the home of Manchester Athletics Club after it was forced to move from its home next to Old Trafford Cricket Ground...

, in which Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Everton
Everton F.C.
Everton Football Club are an English professional association football club from the city of Liverpool. The club competes in the Premier League, the highest level of English football...

 1-0, with Harry Allen scoring the only goal of the game. The stadium also hosted the cycling events for the 1934 British Empire Games
1934 British Empire Games
The 1934 British Empire Games were the second of what is now known as the Commonwealth Games. They were held at the White City Stadium in London, England from 4–11 August 1934, apart from the cycling at Fallowfield Stadium, Manchester, and the swimming, which took place at the Empire Pool in Wembley...

,the Amateur Athletic Association championships in 1897 and 1907 and two Northern Union (later Rugby League
Rugby league
Rugby league football, usually called rugby league, is a full contact sport played by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular grass field. One of the two codes of rugby football, it originated in England in 1895 by a split from Rugby Football Union over paying players...

) Challenge Cup
Challenge Cup
The Challenge Cup is a knockout cup competition for rugby league clubs organised by the Rugby Football League. Originally it was contested only by British teams but in recent years has been expanded to allow teams from France and Russia to take part....

 finals in 1899 and 1900. It was demolished in 1994, and the site is now Manchester University's Richmond Park Halls of Residence.

Musical associations

Fallowfield was the subject of the penultimate track on Manchester band the Courteeners
The Courteeners
The Courteeners are a rock band formed in Middleton, Greater Manchester, England in 2006 by Liam Fray , Michael Campbell , Daniel Conan Moores , Mark Cuppello -Formation:...

 debut album, St Jude, entitled "Fallowfield Hillbilly".
The Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers are a British electronic music duo comprising Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons. Originating in Manchester in 1991, along with The Prodigy, Fatboy Slim, The Crystal Method, and fellow acts, they were pioneers at bringing the big beat genre to the forefront of pop culture.- Background...

 met at the University of Manchester and played their first gig at 'The Bop', a popular student night that was located within the University of Manchester's Owens Park
Owens Park
Owens Park is a large hall of residence which is located in the Fallowfield district of the city of Manchester, England. The hall is owned by the University of Manchester and houses 1,056 students....

 halls of residence.

Notable residents

  • Sir Edward Donner, Bart., entrepreneur and philanthropist
  • Alexander Maclaren
    Alexander Maclaren
    Alexander Maclaren was an English non-conformist minister of Scottish origin.-Biography:Maclaren was born in Glasgow, Scotland, the son of David Maclaren, a merchant and Baptist lay preacher. In 1836, his father went to Australia where from 1837 to 1841 he served as Resident Manager of the South...

    , minister of the Union Chapel
  • Pat Phoenix
    Pat Phoenix
    Patricia "Pat" Frederica Phoenix was an English actress who became one of the first sex symbols of British television through her role of Elsie Tanner in Coronation Street.-Early life and career:Born in Ireland to Anna Maria Josephine Noonan and Tom Manfield, but moved to Manchester before...

    , famous for her role as Elsie Tanner
    Elsie Tanner
    Elsie Tanner is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera Coronation Street, played by Patricia Phoenix from 1960 to 1973 and from 1976 until 1984. Elsie Tanner was one of the original core characters on Coronation Street and appeared in the very first episode...

     in Coronation Street
    Coronation Street
    Coronation Street is a British soap opera set in Weatherfield, a fictional town in Greater Manchester based on Salford. Created by Tony Warren, Coronation Street was first broadcast on 9 December 1960...

    , was born in Fallowfield in 1923
  • C. P. Scott
    C. P. Scott
    Charles Prestwich Scott was a British journalist, publisher and politician. Born in Bath, Somerset, he was the editor of the Manchester Guardian from 1872 until 1929 and its owner from 1907 until his death...

    , editor of the Manchester Guardian lived at The Firs
  • John Stopford, Baron Stopford of Fallowfield
    John Stopford, Baron Stopford of Fallowfield
    John Sebastian Bach Stopford, Baron Stopford of Fallowfield KBE FRCS FRCP FRS was a British peer, a physician and anatomist, and a Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester. Lord Stopford was described as "one of the greatest anatomists of this century".-Early life and education:Stopford was...

    , anatomist and academic
  • Thomas Tout, historian
  • Alfred Waterhouse, architect
  • Sir Joseph Whitworth
    Joseph Whitworth
    Sir Joseph Whitworth, 1st Baronet was an English engineer, entrepreneur, inventor and philanthropist. In 1841, he devised the British Standard Whitworth system, which created an accepted standard for screw threads...

    , engineer, lived at The Firs

Further reading

  • Sussex, Gay & Helm, Peter (1984) Looking back at Rusholme and Fallowfield. Altrincham: Willow
  • Williamson, Annie C. (Mrs. W. C. Williamson) (1888) Sketches of Fallowfield and the Surrounding Manors. London: John Heywood
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