Coronation Street set could be English Heritage site
Over the weekend, the Daily Mirror reported that the famous cobbles on Coronation Street’s Granada Studios set could become listed by English Heritage as a site of historic interest.
The show, which, at 51 years old is the UK’s longest running soap, has of course featured the famous cobbles in the opening titles since it began.
An English Heritage source said, “There’s a really good chance it will be granted listed status in April.
“It’s a truly iconic place that millions have grown up with, and a lot of historic TV moments have happened there.
“It would be perfect sense to turn it into a tourist attraction…”
When plans to move the show’s base to Salford were first announced in 2010, it was also reported that the Granada Studios site in Manchester would most likely be sold to developers, but if the listing with English Heritage goes ahead, the move would be blocked.
An ITV spokesman said, “We are aware of the listing application.”
Up until 1968, Corrie’s sets had all been indoors – even those that featured outside scenes – but when the show’s bosses built a new larger set, it was constructed in brick, with tiled roofs, with back yards added soon after.
And it was at this time that the cobbles were laid, which ran diagonally down the street, however, filming outside on the cobbles was apparently “kept to a minimum” after the show’s cast branded the set “the coldest place on earth.”
The site later became the New York Street on the now defunct Granada Studios Tour.
Would you like to see the cobbles made a place of historic interest?
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