Thursday, 4 August 2011

Weatherfield opens its doors

Jack Walker listening in to a conversation
in the snug.  Picture: ITV
Each September Heritage Open Days are held across the UK - buildings which are not normally open to the public are opened up, others open free of charge.  It's a great way to see behind closed doors - and this year there are several buildings partcipating in the North west which have Corrie connections.  You can check out all participating buildings at http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/ but here are some Corrie ones:



Portland Basin, Tameside: Location of Richard Hillman driving Platts into the water.
St James Church, Didsbury: Location of Betty's wedding to Billy and Joe's funeral.
Grand Theatre, Blackpool: Lots of Corrie stars have appeared there.
North Pier, Blackpool: Used as filming location many times.
St Stephen on the Cliffs, Blackpool: Has a rare Actor's Chapel and Arthur Leslie, who played Jack Walker, is buried in the grounds.
East Lancashire Railway, Bury: Used for location filming of the train heading off to Roy and Hayley's wedding.
Dukinfield Old Chapel, Dukinfield: Where Roy and Hayley tried for a blessing many years ago.
Manchester Town Hall: Used as a location for the show's 40th birthday celebrations (it's also been in First Amongst Equals, Sherlock Holmes etc)
Oldham Parish Church, Oldham: Pretty interior and also where actor Bill Waddington (Percy Sugden) was a choirboy.
St Mary's, Prestwich: Used for the majority of Corrie weddings, funerals and baptisms.
St Clement's, Ordsall: Used for the very first weddings.  Archie St (used for the odd bit of filming and as the inspiration for the street set design) used to run up to the church.

Events take place over the period 8-11 September so check the website before setting off as some open on only certain days.
I'll be calling in at St Mary's, Prestwich on Saturday and St James, Didsbury on Sunday!

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