The Corbishleys opened the Rover's doors for the first time in August 1902. Before that, Jim ran a grocer's shop which he sold for £40. Charlie worked as potman and waited tables in the Select bar. He had an eye for the ladies and got a lot of attention as unlike most of the young lads in the Street, he wasn't covered in soot or sweat. His conquests included Maggie Leeming and Janey Atkinson, who tried to trap him into marriage by claiming her unborn baby was his, until Nellie sent her packing. He then cast his eye over Annie Rogers, until Annie's boyfriend Daniel Grimshaw pushed him through a window and gave him a black eye.