Sunday, 22 November 2015

The Coronation Street Gardens

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'Pardon?' I hear you say,' Coronation Street gardens?' 

Yes indeedy, I recently went on the Coronation Street tour and part of what made this exciting was the chance to wander around the gardens.  I have been watching Corrie since before I can remember, it has always been there in my life from when I was very small to now where it is now an ingrained habit.  I do not watch any other soaps (though I have flirted with others in the past), Corrie is the one I will not miss.
Hang on though, you say, are there a lot of gardens?  Well, it turned out to be more interesting than I expected in that regard.
The yard behind the Rovers contains a few scratty looking containers.  It is November and this specific set has not been used since 2013 so a bit of scratty is allowed.  I thought it was realistic scratty really.
Emily has her hanging basket.
...and Sally's hedge needs cutting.
Sally has a few real plants, but, horror of horrors... fake grass!  Yes, who would have thought it that on a television set where people probably walk all over these things all the time they would use fake grass.
The back yards behind the houses are tiny and most do not really contain any plants, but do not under-estimate how bright this cladding is.  You almost do not need flowers when you have something this bright (almost...).
On our wanderings we decided we had never really seen this part of the set, these are the houses behind Coronation Street, the ones that back on to the pub, the Barlows etc; the other side of the ginnel behind the houses.
We paused to admire Denis Tanner's graffiti.
...and we stood in front of the Nuttall's Brewery gates, used a couple of times in the story but not seen recently.  They are impressive gates and we wondered where the gate posts had originally come from.
This planter was beside the gates, a little unloved but it is November and they are demolishing all this soon.
We then wandered behind Sally's house and the other 'newer' houses on the other side of the street. The abandonment of the houses was clear.
The Platts have artificial grass, but next door where the Nazirs now live has a real garden.  It has grass and a pond.  I remembered the pond from a brief story line.  There is good planting around the pond, it has a rather nice gunnera.
Sally however wins the best garden plant.  Look at this mahonia - isn't it fantastic?  It's wonderful what a couple of years of neglect can do and this is a great plant.  On saying that I've neglected the one at the top of my garden since 2007 and it looks nothing like this.

It was a cold damp November day when we visited and we loved every minute of it, if you get the chance to go do. 

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Anonymous said...

"Scratty"?! Is that a combination of scruffy and ratty? It fits the description of so many people, places, and things! I can't wait to add it to my vocabulary!
When I think of Coronation Street "gardens" is not what first comes to mind. Thanks for the eye-opener.

Lily Bigfield said...

Great article and photos! I went on the tour last year and enjoyed sneaking a look at all the gardens and yards. I noticed the artificial grass at the Platts and wondered whether it had always been there, or had it been installed when the set was opened to the public, so that the grass wasn't churned up by the visitors.

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