Title: A History of Didsbury
Author: Ivor R. Million
Publication: Didsbury Civic Society & E.J. Morten, 1969
Text: Lionel Frederick Heald, who was born at Ellerslie on 7th August 1897, took to the bar as his profession. There his natural talent and capacity for work took him to the top. After becoming a King's Counsel at the remarkably early age of 40 he was returned as Member of Parliament for Chertsey, Surrey in 1950, using part of the first James Heald's election address! He was appointed Attorney General by Sir Winston Churchill in his second administration in 1951, receiving the accolade of knighthood at the same time. He resigned from office in 1954 but remained in Parliament as a back-bencher. He served in both World Wars, in the first in the Royal Engineers and in the second in the Royal Air Force, where he became an Air Commodore on appointment to General Eisenhower's staff.
In a charming letter to the author Sir Lionel observed "It seems strange now, but in the years from 1900 that I can remember, Didsbury was still rural."
The Heald family had started to sell of their Didsbury lands at the end of the nineteenth century, but they retained much until the 1930s, when they were sold to provide sites for some of the semi-detatched residences which abound in East Didsbury.
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