Coronation Street

15 Atherton Street, Manchester M3 3GS   |   Status at Sep ’18: DEMOLISHED (Stages REFURBISHED)

Until 1975, this area of land known as the ‘lot’ or ‘backlot’ was owned by the British Railways Board due to its former use as the marshalling yard of a British Rail (previously London and North Western Railway; later London, Midland and Scottish Railway) goods station.

In 1981, after numerous issues with the existing Grape Street set (built in 1968 in the goods yard where the Arches stand), Granada acquired the land for an unknown fee so that a new, modern set could be built in a more appropriate location – on the other side of the Bonded Warehouse. It was also in this year that Grape Street and part of Atherton Street were closed permanently to the public.

Built by Manchester-based architects and engineers, BDP, work finished on this reincarnation of the Coronation Street set in May 1982, when it was opened by The Queen and Prince Philip.

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Although many elements of the 1982 set such as roof slates and bricks were reclaimed from areas of Greater Manchester (namely, Salford), the cobbles for much of the set were already in place and date back as far as the early 19th century.

Around 31 and a half years later on 20th December 2013, the final scenes were filmed and the set launched as a tourist attraction in April 2014, remaining open until the end of 2015.

Most of the set has now been demolished. A Granada Television press release from 1971 entitled “THE BULLDOZERS FOR ENA?” describes the pending demolition of Archie Street in Salford (the real street which Coronation Street was based on): “Now the windows are smashed, the doors are down, and grass grows between the cobbles” – a description that sadly, nearly five decades later, accurately reflected the state of the 1982 set between 2016 and spring 2018 (see photos below).

This section includes photographs from the following locations, some of which are listed as separate sections on this site, but have been included in this section as they all form part of Coronation Street:

  • Stage One
    • Built in the early-mid 1980s for televised indoor crown green bowls competitions, Stage One was converted in around 1990 (and later extended in 1996) to film interiors for larger sets including the Rovers Return Inn – with dressing rooms, a green room and other support areas also included. The building is concealed by a tram viaduct façade.
  • Stage Two
    • Built shortly after Stage One for Sherlock Holmes TV series filming, Stage Two was converted in around 2002 to provide extra studio space for additional interior sets. This building was hidden by the Victoria Court apartments façade, with a later-added annexe that was also covered by the Victoria Street terrace.
  • Annexe fourth floor – production offices
  • Annexe ground floor – Weatherfield Central Police Station (front desk) set
  • Annexe ‘production warehouse’ – workshop
  • Bonded Warehouse ground floor – miscellaneous sets (inside); Victoria Court (outside)
  • The Stables – Rosamund Street Medical Centre (exterior)/Weatherfield General Hospital (interior) & Weatherfield Police Station facade
  • Tunnels/Arches – Weatherfield Precinct (town centre)
  • Baronial Hall – as above; also props store.

 

Photos taken during March/April 2018 demolition

 

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