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Clara Popplewell
Occupation Loom operator
Spouse(s) Harry Popplewell
Children Emily Popplewell
Herbert Popplewell
First appearance Unseen

Clara Popplewell and her family were the first tenants of 7 Coronation Street in 1902. Clara was the wife of Harry and mother of Emily and Herbert.

Both Clara and Harry worked for Charles Hardcastle's empire. Clara was employed at Hardcastle's Mill as a spinner. In 1911, both parents downed tools and joined their fellow workers across Weatherfield in industrial action. Clara went on marches with her neighbours and although their demands for a minimum wage were eventually granted, the Popplewells faced months of starvation and one demonstration got so violent that the police fired shots, and Clara was hit by an officer's truncheon and blinded in one eye.

During the war, Clara was left alone at No.7 and took to drinking in the Rover's Return snug with Pearl Crapper; Harry and Herbert signed up with the Lancashire Fusiliers and Emily volunteered to serve in a field hospital. Only Herbert returned as Harry drowned when he fell overboard while returning home from the war, and Emily married an Italian and stayed in Europe. In 1918, Clara moved in with her invalid parents in Back Marriot Street.

Clara first appeared in Daran Little and Bill Hill's "Weatherfield Life", published in 1992. Other information is derived from Little's follow-up book, "Around the Coronation Street Houses".

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