The current inhabitants of the house are Chesney Brown and his son Joseph Brown. Chesney is the last remnant of the extended Battersby-Brown family, remaining in the house when his stepfather Les and mother Cilla Battersby-Brown left Weatherfield (although not together) in 2007, leaving Chesney in the care of his sister Fiz Brown. Fiz moved out in 2013 to live with her boyfriend Tyrone Dobbs.
In 1962, Esther Hayes - No.5's longest-standing resident - left Coronation Street and Minnie Caldwell moved into the house as a tenant. When Mike Baldwin bought it in 1976, he changed the interior by making the downstairs open-plan (except for the kitchen), turning No.5 into the most modern house in the Street. Since then, it has been lived in by Bet Lynch, the Langtons, the Tilsleys, the Battersbys, Don Brennan, Ashley Peacock, John Stape and Katy Armstrong.
Construction of 5 Coronation Street took place between 1900 and 1902. It was built at the same time as the other houses in the terrace. As originally configured, the house had a front parlour, a main hall, a kitchen and scullery on the ground floor and three bedrooms on the upper floor, with an outside lavatory in the yard.
By 1960, No.5 was one of the most antiquated houses in the street. Aside from the kitchen facilities being moved into the scullery, the house was still close to its 1902 appearance. In 1976, a low sale price of £2,500 and the prospect of doing it up interested Ray Langton, but Mike Baldwin beat him to it. Before moving in, Mike had the parlour and hallway walls knocked away, the old fireplace replaced with an exposed red brick chimney breast, the third bedroom converted into a bathroom, and a telephone installed. Mike sold No.5 after just four months, deciding he didn't want to live in Coronation Street. To get back at Mike for throwing her out, Bet Lynch had Ray change the locks at No.5.
No.5 saw few changes under the Langtons and the Tilsleys. Decorations to the living room were carried out in 1988 by Ivy Tilsley with the help of Don Brennan. The next family to live in the house - the Battersbys - were council tenants. Once pride of the street, No.5 under the Battersbys was a tip, particularly once Janice Battersby had moved out in 2001; the only time Les Battersby knocked away part of the house's infrastructure was when his and Cilla Brown's neighbour-bothering whirlpool bath came through the floor.
List of owners and residentsEdit
- 1902-1947- Mabel Grimshaw
A local landowner who inherited Coronation Street when the previous owner, Sir Humphrey Swinton, died before completion of the new street. Mabel carried on Swinton's work and became the first owner of the houses. In 1904, she married Charles Hardcastle, owner of Hardcastle's Mill, adding all of the properties in Coronation Street to his empire.
- 1947-1976 - Alfred and Edward Wormold
Property owners and landlords of several of the houses in Coronation Street.
- 1976-1977 - Mike Baldwin
Mike bought No.5 so that he'd have a base in Weatherfield near his factory Baldwin's Casuals. Mike significantly modernised the house before moving in, knocking away the front parlour wall and installing a brick fireplace.
- 1977-1979 - Ray and Deirdre Langton
The Langtons bought No.5 for £2,500 (plus the price of the conversion and the furniture) after Tracy was born, moving from 20 Victoria Street. Deirdre sold up when she and Ray separated.
- 1984-1995 - Ivy Tilsley
After Bert's death, Ivy carried on at No.5. She passed away in 1995 after a year away at a religious retreat.
- 1995-1996 - Nick Tilsley
14-year-old Nick was left No.5 in grandmother Ivy's will, annoying her husband Don Brennan. A war erupted between Don and the Platts which ended when Nick agreed to sell the house to Don for £12,000.
- 1996-1997 - Don Brennan
Don's unhappy time at No.5 ended when he kidnapped Alma Baldwin and drove her into the River Irwell in his taxi. Both survived, but Don was sectioned and the house was repossessed by the mortgage company, who then sold it to the council.
- 1997-? - Metropolitan Borough of Weatherfield
After a period of at least five years, No.5 was bought by an unnamed landlord.
- ? to present - Unnamed landlord
By 2011, the house was being let privately.
- 1902-1904 - Jack Leeming
Jack and Maggie Leeming pretended to be married so that they could get a house in the new Street. They moved in on 9th August 1902. Two years later, Maggie got tired of waiting for Jack to marry her and left him. He moved out shortly thereafter.
- 1904-1908 - Cissy Matthews
Cissy was allocated a house in Coronation Street after her husband John's death in an accident at Hardcastle's Mill. Cissy moved in with her two children and lodger - and eventual husband - Tom O'Connor in 1904. The couple did a moonlight flit in 1908 after accidentally smothering their baby son Reg in bed.
- 1904 - Jake Matthews
Son of Cissy and John. Jake was drowned in the canal less than a year after moving into No.5.
- 1904-1908 - Tom O'Connor
The Matthews' lodger who comforted Cissy when she was grieving after her son Jake's death, and became her lover. They married at Christmas 1904 and had a son of their own, Reg, but after accidentally smothering him in bed, they did a moonlight flit.
- 1908-1940 - Sidney Hayes
Lay preacher and GPO clerk Sidney and his wife Alice moved into No.5 in 1908, and their four children were born in the house. Sidney was a conscientious objector and refused to sign up during the war, resulting in his family being ostracized by the neighbours. He was killed during an air raid in 1940.
- 1908-1952 - Alice Hayes
Wife of Sidney. After Sidney's death, Alice retired to bed and was nursed by daughters Ada and Esther until she died in 1952.
- 1910-1949 - Ada Hayes
Eldest daughter of Sidney and Alice. Ada became a teacher and was resigned to a life of spinsterhood before she married Matt Harvey and moved to Australia.
- 1924-1962 - Esther Hayes
Youngest daughter of Sidney and Alice. Esther spent her early adulthood looking after her bed-ridden mother and stayed on at No.5 alone after her death. Esther worked as head of the library division at the Town Hall. She left in 1962 to take a job at a department store which came with a flat at 96 Moor Lane.
- 1926-1947, 1961 - Tom Hayes
Youngest son of Sidney and Alice. Tom spent the war years in prison for looting. He left No.5 in 1947 when he re-offended and returned to prison, but paid occasional visits afterwards. The last such visit was in 1961.
- 1962-1970, 1971-1976 - Minnie Caldwell
Minnie often drank at the Rovers but she had never lived in Coronation Street until 1962. With Minnie came her faithful cat Bobby, and a score of lodgers. In 1970, after Joe Donelli's suicide inside No.5, Minnie couldn't live alone and spent a few weeks living with Albert Tatlock at No.1. Handel Gartside helped her move back into No.5. In 1976, Minnie left Coronation Street to live with Handel in Whaley Bridge.
- 1962-1963, 1966 - Jed Stone
A lodger, who became like a son to Minnie. In 1963, he left town without telling her. He returned in 1966 but left again when he was arrested for handling stolen goods.
- 1963, 1966, 1968, 1973-1975 (intermittently) - Ena Sharples
Minnie's best friend, who imposed herself on Minnie three times: when the Mission vestry was vandalised, when she resigned from the Mission in protest at its use as a community centre, while she awaited the construction of her new OAP maisonette after the Mission was demolished, and during the period when she was sacked from her position as caretaker of the Community Centre (although she could usually only stand to live with Minnie for a few weeks before leaving to stay with her friend Henry Foster in St. Anne's).
- 1964-1965 - Charlie Moffitt
The resident comedian of the Viaduct Sporting Club lodged with Minnie for a year before leaving to go back to showbusiness.
- 1964 - Tickler Murphy
Irishman Tickler stayed in Weatherfield for a month and shared a room with Charlie while lodging at No.5. He fled when Florrie Lindley set her sights on him.
- 1968 - Jenny Sutton
Dennis Tanner's fiancée, who moved into No.5 when Elsie Tanner gave her a hard time at No.11. Jenny left after marrying Dennis.
- 1969 - Alice Pickins
Minnie briefly took Albert Tatlock's housekeeper in when Albert put her out on the street.
- 1969, 1977-1978 - Ray Langton
Builder Ray lodged with Minnie when Dickie Fleming refused to have him at No.3 any longer, jealous of his obvious interest in Audrey. Ray didn't stay long and moved into a flat at Albert Park. He moved back in 1977 when he bought the house and moved in with wife Deirdre and their daughter Tracy, but the new start for the family only lasted a year as they split up when Ray had an affair with Janice Stubbs.
- 1970 - Joe Donelli
American army officer. After confessing to the murder of Steve Tanner, Joe took Minnie hostage inside No.5. He let her go when Stan Ogden offered to keep him company instead. When the police surrounded the house, Joe shot himself dead.
- 1971 - Handel Gartside
An old friend of Minnie's, who prepared No.5 for her when she moved back after Joe's suicide. He stayed for two weeks.
- 1974-1975 - Eddie Yeats
A friend of Jed Stone from Walton Jail, Eddie reminded Minnie of her old lodger "Sunny Jim". After staying for a few days at Christmas, Eddie returned to prison. He returned in March and stayed until July, when Ena decided he was too much work for Minnie.
- 1976-1977 - Mike Baldwin
The hard-as-nails Baldwin's Casuals boss had a long association with Coronation Street but only actually lived there for a few months. Mike lived in London at weekends but needed to be close to the factory during the week so bought No.5, across the street. He sold it to Ray Langton the following year.
- 1976-1977 - Bet Lynch
Mike's live-in "housekeeper" caused a stir when she moved into No.5, as the locals knew that Mike had a wife in London. In February 1977, Mike's wife Anne Woodley visited Weatherfield to inspect the factory and house and found out about Bet. Mike then ordered Bet out of No.5. Hurt to discover that Mike and Anne weren't even married, Bet refused to leave and changed the locks. She backed down and moved out when the Langtons bought the house as she had only wanted Mike to suffer.
- 1977-1979 - Deirdre Langton
Wife of Ray and mother of Tracy. Deirdre never wanted to live in Coronation Street - she was aiming higher - but she agreed to move to No.5 as Ray liked the house. A year later, Ray had an affair with Janice Stubbs and moved alone to Holland, Deirdre declining to go with him and keeping Tracy. Deirdre then put No.5 on the market and moved out, unable to keep up with the mortgage repayments on her own.
- 1979-1984 - Bert Tilsley
Bought No.5 in 1979. Bert spent most of his time there unemployed. After a number of health problems, he died in a mental hospital in 1984.
- 1979-1994 - Ivy Tilsley
Baldwin's Casuals factory worker and wife of Bert. Ivy remained at No.5 as a widow after Bert's death and her second husband, Don Brennan, also lived there with her after they married in 1988. Their marriage was not as rock solid as her first and they had a number of separations, the last of which was when Ivy moved to a spiritual retreat, where she died.
- 1979-1980, 1983-1985, 1986-1987 - Brian Tilsley
Son of Bert and Ivy. Brian and wife Gail moved out when they got a house of their own at 5 Buxton Close. They also lived there from 1983 to 1985, after selling the Buxton Close house, before they rented 33 Hammond Road. Brian also lived there from 1986 to 1987 while separated from Gail.
- 1979-1980, 1983-1985 - Gail Tilsley
Wife of Brian. Gail initially moved in when she married Brian in November 1979.
- 1981 - Vera Duckworth
Vera first lived in Coronation Street when she moved in with Ivy after leaving Jack. She returned when Jack threatened to not take her back.
- 1983-1985, 1994 - Nicky Tilsley
Son of Brian and Gail, born in 1980. Nicky lived at No.5 between the Tilsleys' moves from 5 Buxton Close and 33 Hammond Road. He also lived there for three months in 1994 after falling out with Martin Platt but returned to No.8 at the end of that year.
- 1986 - Ian Latimer
A relative of the Tilsleys from Australia, Ian stayed at No.5 while in the UK. He had an affair with Gail.
- 1988-1992, 1992-1997 - Don Brennan
Ivy's second husband. Don came to resent Ivy and left her in 1992 but moved back in when she turned to drink in his absence. After Ivy's death, Don fought to own No.5 but his life spiralled into misery. He left the house for good when he was sectioned after kidnapping Alma Baldwin.
- 1990 - Marie Ramsden
Mother of Jamie. Ivy and Don offered Marie and her son No.5's spare room as she was living in a grotty flat but she left on Christmas Day after rowing with Ivy.
- 1995-1996 - Josie Clarke
A lover of Don Brennan's after Ivy's departure. Josie split from Don after they bought the garage and it went bust.
- 1997-2007 - Les Battersby
Deadbeat head of the Battersby clan, who got No.5 when it became a council house. Les saw the demise of one marriage and the beginning of another at the house. In 2007, he left Weatherfield to become a roadie for tribute band ZZ Top o'the Morning and never returned.
- 1997-2001 - Janice Battersby
Les's wife. Wanting more from life, Janice had an affair with Dennis Stringer and left Les in 2001.
- 1997-1998, 1999 - Leanne Battersby
Daughter of Les and step-daughter of Janice. Leanne moved into No.4 when she married Nick Tilsley. In 1999, she split from Nick and returned to No.5, but her return lasted just a few days as she took up Natalie Barnes's offer of a room at the Rovers.
- 1997-1999 - Toyah Battersby
Daughter of Janice and step-daughter of Les. Toyah moved out to live with Spider Nugent.
- 2000-2001 - Dennis Stringer
Les invited his old community service buddy to move into No.5 when his camper van was towed away. He left to live with Eileen Grimshaw when she moved into No.11.
- 2002-2009, 2014-2017 - Kirk Sutherland
The simple-minded brother of Maria Sutherland moved into No.5 as a lodger in June 2002 and stayed until September 2009, when he moved in with Maria at No.2a after an argument with Fiz Brown. He moved back in over four years later, when Chesney Brown agreed to take in Kirk and Beth and Craig Tinker.
- 2003 - Norris Cole
Emily Bishop's lodger was ordered to leave No.3 when he alleged that Richard Hillman had killed Maxine Peacock. After two weeks living in squalor, Norris was relieved to be offered his room back at Emily's and didn't need asking twice.
- 2003-2007, 2014 - Cilla Brown
Les's partner and eventual wife. In October 2007, she sold a necklace given to her as a gift from the late Frank Nichols for £45,000 and moved to Las Vegas with the money, leaving 13-year-old son Chesney with Kirk. Cilla briefly returned seven years later in October 2014 in the hope of making amends with Chesney after being diagnosed with osteoporosis, however she returned to Wolverhampton as Chesney was unable to forgive her for abandoning him.
- 2003-2011, 2011 to present - Chesney Brown
Chesney moved into No.5 aged nine in 2003, when Cilla moved in with Les Battersby. In 2007, Les and Cilla moved out, leaving Chesney in Kirk Sutherland's care. Chesney remained at No.5 until March 2011, when he and girlfriend Katy Armstrong moved into 14a Victoria Street as Fiz Stape was going to get rid of his beloved great dane Schmeichel as he was a health risk to her daughter Hope. Chesney and Katy moved back into No.5 later that year and with Fiz's departure in 2013, Chesney became the house's principal tenant.
- 2008-2013 - Fiz Brown
Chesney's older sister moved into No.5 in March 2008 when Kirk's go at running the household saw Chesney taken into care. Fiz got the house in order in time for Chesney's return and raised her brother to adulthood. She stayed until 2013, when she moved in with Tyrone Dobbs.
- 2008-2009 - Julie Carp
Kirk's girlfriend whom he met in Cyprus. Kirk finished with her in 2009, telling her she didn't take his ambitions seriously.
- 2009-2011 - John Stape
Fiz's husband moved into No.5 when he concluded his prison term for kidnapping Rosie Webster. He fled when his involvement in the deaths of Colin Fishwick, Charlotte Hoyle and Joy Fishwick emerged.
- 2011-2013 - Katy Armstrong
Chesney's girlfriend moved in when the couple took over No.5 when Fiz was on remand in prison. In March 2013, Chesney threw her out when he found out she'd been seeing Ryan Connor and kissed him.
- 2014-2018 - Sinead Tinker
Chesney's girlfriend moved into No.5 at his invitation in January 2014. Chesney threw her out in February 2017 after she slept with Daniel Osbourne, however she moved back into the property in June of the same year.
- 2014-2017 - Beth Tinker
Sinead's aunt moved in along with Kirk and her son Craig when their previous lodgings at No.2a became too crowded.
- The interior of No.5 first appeared in Episode 4.
- Like most other houses in the street in the 1960s, No.5 was owned by a landlord, nominally referred to as Mr Wormold. As Coronation Street didn't have an archivist in that decade, inconsistencies between scripts were more common - for example, an early 1965 sees Edward Wormold (a different character from above) inform Ena Sharples that Florence Briggs had left her a house in Coronation Street in her will, implying that the Wormold-owned houses were actually owned by Briggs. However, only 11 Coronation Street is definitively stated to be owned by Briggs. Minnie was still renting the house when she decided to remain in Whaley Bridge in 1976, at which point Mike Baldwin bought the house.
- There is also some confusion about the ownership of the house in more recent years. In 1997, Don Brennan sold the house to the council, and it remained a council property until at least 2002, when a storyline was run in which Les Battersby, facing eviction for subletting, passed off Kirk Sutherland as his boyfriend. However, in 2011, Chesney Brown and Katy Armstrong faced eviction by an unseen landlord when they got behind with the rent.