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Coronation Street were being demolished in great numbers in the programme's early days: a common sight in Salford and Hulme in the 1960s was an entire row of houses marked with an X, under sentence of demolition. soon had to build its own street, first in the studio and then outside, there being no suitable ones left near the Granada Studios in Granada Quay Street, Deansgate in which to film exteriors. Archie Street, the real street used in the opening and closing credits of the soap, was the home of Eddie Colman, one of the 'Busby Babes' killed in the Munich air crash of 1958; some of the Man United players, including Bobby Charlton, would go there for tea after training. Nicknamed 'Coronarchie Street' by locals, it was condemned in 1967 in Salford's last great slum clearance scheme and finally demolished in 1971, when Bernard Youens and Jean Alexander, who played Stan and Hilda Ogden in the soap, went along to pay their last respects (in character) ...
I've just published an article in the latest issue of Urban History, called 'Imagining the Street in Post-War Britain', which discusses
Coronation Street and other representations of the street in photography, architecture and sociology. If anyone would like a copy, email me and I will send you one.
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