Coronation Street 'not historic enough' to be granted listed status

Posted: 15/06/2012

ITV plan to move Coronation Street to Media City in Salford Keys, but want the original site in Granada Studios to be protected by securing a place for it in English Culture. However, one of the most famous streets in England has been refused listed status as it’s ‘not historic enough’.

Coronation Street was built in 1982 and between 1988 and 2001 it became a tourist attraction when Granada Studios offered tours of the iconic street. I was one of many people who visited the set when my parents took me as a child. I don’t remember much but I do have a fond memory of a mechanical horse and carriage where the backdrop moved to give the illusion of movement. That of course, was in Granada Studios rather than Coronation Street itself.

Now ITV are planning to sell the Coronation Street set and move to Media City, which currently holds most of the BBC after a huge uproot from London to the North West.

Listed status is usually given to buildings of special architectural and historic value that are over 30 year old. English heritage stated that Coronation Street has strict criteria to meet because it’s a television set as well as a portfolio of properties, ‘The set as it stands today is an active reminder of the long-running television programme, rather than a survival of an earlier era of television productions.’

There are 19,717 scheduled ancient monuments around the country, of which 9,080 are conservation areas ,1,601 are historic gardens and parks, 46 are designated wrecks, 43 are registered historic battlefields and 17 are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Some of the Grade 1 listed buildings include the Albert Dock in Liverpool and Blackpool Tower. It is hoped that the former childhood home of Ringo Starr would become a listed building, along with his fellow band members McCartney and Lennon’s childhood homes. If you would like know more about this story, you can visit our blog HERE.

A spokesman for ITV spoke to the telegraph and said, ‘ITV continues to consider the future use of the Coronation Street set ahead of our planned move to MediaCity.’

Do you think Coronation Street should be granted listed status by English Heritage?

Amanda McGovern, Pali Ltd

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