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Manchester – home of Britain’s longest-running soap, Coronation Street.>

Manchester – home of Britain’s longest-running soap, Coronation Street.

Despite its recent location change, Coronation Street has been filmed in Manchester ever since its very first episode aired on ITV on 9th December 1960 .Local writer Tony Warren created the show based on his experiences in the close knit communities in the terraced streets around Manchester Docks. The actual street that the show was based on, Archie Street, was in Ordsall, but was demolished in the 1960′s. However, St Clement’s Church is still standing and so we can still pinpoint where the original street was.

However, the show was originally filmed at Granada TV studios for a whopping 53 years, until the cobbles re-located to MediaCity in 2014. The world famous street, complete with the Rovers Return Inn, Roy’s Rolls, Underworld and many more key Coronation Street locations, had to be completely rebuilt which took around 2 years from start to finish. For viewers, the rebuild is barely detectable on-screen, however the houses were actually re-scaled to almost full size where they were previously only three-quarter size. So, what happened to the old Coronation Street set over at Granada Studios? Read the rest of our blog to find out

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