August 2018 (tram and bus) locations tour:
Tue 21 Aug 2018, 11.30am.
Meet: Ashton-under-Lyne Metrolink stop, 11.30am.
Booking: Please book with eventbrite here.
Private tours: By arrangement.
We have devised a brand new Coronation Street locations tour for 2018 onwards now that the old Granada set is being demolished.
What you need to know
* You must buy an all-day tram and bus ticket before the tour, available from all stops. Of course some customers will be local and have a pass. Others please be prepared!
* We won’t finish back in Ashton – too far. We will finish in the city centre.
* We can’t guarantee you will bump into any Corrie stars just walking along the street but it does happen!
Guide: Ed Glinert, one of the only Manchester tour guides to have recently guided on the live set.
City centre locations
* The pub where the name “Coronation Street” was devised.
* The bar where David … uh, oh, that hasn’t happened live yet!
* Whatever remains of Granadaland, lovingly honoured before it goes.
* The block where that lowlife, John Stape, tried to commit suicide.
* The ornate location where Alf wed Audrey.
* The church where Betty’s funeral service was held.
* The apartment where John Savident (Fred Elliot) met his nemesis.
* Fiz’s Restaurant.
* Portland Basin in Ashton-under-Lyne, where Richard Hillman drove the Platts into the depths.
* Weatherfield Registry Office, setting for so many doomed marriages.
* St Christopher’s Weatherfield, setting for so many doomed marriages. There’s a theme developing here…
How it all began
“Now the next thing you want to do is get a signwriter in. That sign above the door will have to be changed.”
Those were the opening lines of the world’s most famous television programme, spoken by Elsie Lappin to Florrie Lindley on 9 Dec 1960. Florrie replied: “It’ll seem funny ’avin me name outside me own shop.”
What about that? Not even Ken Barlow to Ena Sharples. But those lines ushered in a phenomenon, an institution, that is now 53 years old.
Coronation Street was not an instant success. Granada only commissioned 13 episodes. Few within the company thought it would last its run. However something caught the viewers’ imagination. Perhaps it was the liberal use of Northern phrases like “eh”, “chuck”, “nowt”. Perhaps it was the Dickensian gravitas of the cast’s names (purloined from Pendlebury Church graveyard). Perhaps it was the setting: Archie Street, Ordsall, with its compact terraced houses, backyards, corner shop, pub and church, less than a mile from Grandaland.
Fifty years of drama and farce, life, loves and laughs have followed on Britain’s most famous TV street, land of cobbles, factories, terraced houses, Kabin and Rovers Return.
Its success has been buoyed by the wonderfully drawn cast of characters past and present – Vera & Jack, Hilda & Stan, Elsie, Ena, Ken and Len; Bet and Betty; Liz and Lloyd; Steve and Norris; Stape and Fiz; Sonny Jim and Schmeichel (R.I.P. big fella).
Here’s a great story
When Julie Goodyear first turned up at Granada to play Bet Lynch in 1966, a friend gave her a lift into Manchester in his van. In the back was a cement mixer. Julie expected the pal to drop her on the main road, but as it was raining he insisted in pulling up outside the TV company’s front entrance on Atherton Street. By an amazing coincidence Pat Phoenix was just getting out of her Rolls Royce at the same time. Pat looked Julie up and down “as if I were a piece of dog dirt on her shoe,” as Julie recalled, and said, “‘Don’t you ever, ever dare to upstage me again, young lady.’”