Famous old Corrie set is now streets apart from glory days
NCREDIBLE new images capture the sad decay of the old Coro- nation Street set.
Gone are the street’s famous old cobbles – it’s now a gravel path overgrown with weeds which wouldn’t look out of place in a Hollywood zombie film.
Homes and shops on the set are shown boarded-up and shrouded with plants and bushes.
It’s been four years since ITV bosses moved ●● the nation’s favourite soap to a new set at Trafford Quays. After a stint as a tourist spot for TV fans, the old studio site is due to be bulldozed for new development.
However, the sight of huge weeds growing up the side of Rita Sullivan’s Kabin newsagents, which stands empty with nothing on display in its windows, will come as a sobering sight to many fans of the show.
Doors and windows have been removed from many of the set’s structures, which stand boarded-up and derelict.
The fascinating images revealing the set’s demise were captured by urban explorer Mark Andrew.
Mark, 23, said: “It looks really old and there’s been a dramatic change. It looked a right state – dirty and run down.
“There are no cobbles there and I am not sure what is being done with it.”
The old set behind Granada Studios off Quay Street in Manchester was built in the 1960s but in 2015, bosses moved to MediaCity in Salford, where the soap is now filmed.
Our sister paper, the M.E.N., told in March how demolition crews moved in to begin tearing down decades of TV history by bulldozing parts of the set, but the new images cast doubt on how far the project has progressed since. The original cobble setts from the old set haven’t been dis- carded and are believed to be being kept in storage. The soap’s bosses said they could also make a welcome return as part of the new set.
Flats, offices and three hotels are set to be built on the site as part of the new St John’s Quarter development after the 13-acre plot was sold by ITV in 2013 to Manchester Quays Ltd – a joint venture between Allied London and Manchester council.
The former Granada House, designed by Ralph Tubbs in 1962, is set to be converted into a 210room hotel with restaurant and bar areas on the ground floor and rooftop, according to plans for the development revealed in May.
The old Coronation Street set has fallen into disrepair and is overgrown with weeds