The Bannerdale Estate was an overspill estate of modern houses built in Weatherfield around 1957. Jim Schofield, a previous resident of the St. Mary's ward which included Coronation Street, moved there that year but made occasional trips via a long bus journey back to his old haunts. A man whose view of live was through a half-empty glass, Jim complained about the estate, saying that the mod-cons kept breaking down and the huge new pub that had just been built had a lounge the size of Blackpool's Tower Ballroom but only had three waiters, leaving long intervals before the customers got served. The menfolk in the Rovers, who well knew Jim's pessimistic nature, took his complaints with a wry smile on their faces.