Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Coronation Street as you've never seen it before

Some rather apocalyptic scenes from Weatherfield today as the Manchester Evening News releases photos of the old Coronation Street set off Quay Street in Manchester, looking a little worse for wear.

Courtesy: Manchester Evening News
Almost a year after the tours of the old set finished, and three years after the completion of the new purpose built set at Salford Quays, the cobble-less wasteland is now a far cry from the Street we know and love. Windows and doors have been removed from the famous terrace, the nameless pub at the end of the row is now an empty shell with the sign removed, and overgrown weeds have started taking over – it’s as if the residents of Coronation Street fled some kind of disaster 'Day of the Triffids' style.

An 'Urban Explorer' supplied the photographs to the Manchester Evening News, who have contacted ITV for comment on the site.

Courtesy: Manchester Evening News

Courtesy: Manchester Evening News
The old Granada Studios site is to be redeveloped as part of the St John’s Quarter project, which will include apartments, shops and a theatre, as well as a luxury hotel.
Looking at these photos, they have a lot of work to do!

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13 comments:

Aussie Pete said...

After working there as a Tour Guide and having literally the best time of my life, it actually hurts looking at the pictures. So depressing.

Stevie Dawson said...

Yes I know what you mean, so many memories.

Anonymous said...

How sad.

fairycake said...

I am in tears here. So very sad. I realize that it was a set and it would have taken quite a bit of work, but I just know it could have been restored in to an actual street with a pub and corner shop where many would have paid a great deal to live. I know I would have! Look at the Brookside Close which is now a true place to live. I reckon people may one day regret destroying this wonderful place with so many memories! I would love to just own the bit of cement where a young Dennis Tanner wrote his name and the date...and yes, I DO know these are all fictional characters on a fictional street! After many years of watching, they become friends in a way because you know they are always there to share their trouble with you via the telly.
So very, very sad...Eden X

Anonymous said...

It could be the Walking Dead, Coronation Street universe!

Scott Willison said...

It looks fantastic to me - desolate and falling apart. Really moody and dramatic.

MichaelAdamsUk said...

I want a front door!! Or some of that stone cladding...

Dolly Tubb said...

Most of Salford's heart has been ripped out in the name of 'redevelopment' and 'regeneration'. It doesn't surprise me that the Corrie set is suffering the same fate, regardless of the fact that it is an iconic piece of history.

Anonymous said...

I hope the new development will have some kind of visual homage to the famous fictional street.

maggie muggins said...

I agree with Anonymous (18:19) about having some physical remnant left as historical homage. Though the Street was reproduced so beautifully in the new place, this is the spiritual home of Corrie and shouldn't just be crushed and built over with no care at all for how the show enriched lives all over the world. Jeesh, while we're at it, why not let's just build a new Earth somewhere else so we can keep 'developing' here till nothing is left. I bet there are those who actually believe something like that!

Louby said...

The Brookside set were real houses in a real street to begin with, whereas these are just shells with no water, gas etc, and not full size! I totally agree that it should have been saved. Surely as they are just shells they could have been moved somewhere that they could have been kept as a permanent tourist attraction.

Stephanie said...

I am so happy l got to tour it last year before it closed, just don't understand why they would not keep something going that was working so well, although I realise the site had been sold off premertually befoe they realised what a success the tour would be. Maybe they need to start tours on the new set

Anonymous said...

I do hope the new premises carry some sort of acknowledgement to Coronation Street: there could be places such as Barlow Heights, Sharples Row, Tanner Gardens, Walker Mews, etc. Would be nice.

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