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The Weatherfield Coat of Arms incorporates the industry of Weatherfield (The Bee), the main trade of Manchester (The Boat) and the Rose of Lancashire.

Coronation Street is set in Weatherfield, in the postcode area of M10, a fictional local authority area in

Manchester.

The town has its own newspaper - The Weatherfield Gazette and its own General Hospital, while its council has included more than one resident of Coronation Street.

Streets around Weatherfield include Coronation Street, Rosamund Street, Viaduct Street, and Victoria Street. There have been many changes to Weatherfield in the years after the Second World War. In 1968 Missions, factories and terraced houses were being demolished to make way for blocks of maisonettes or flats. The docksides by the canal were converted into luxury apartments and named Weatherfield Quays.

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A 1975 artists' impression of Weatherfield. There are many errors in terms of established programme continuity such as Victoria Street not backing onto Coronation Street and Jubilee Terrace not continuing on the far side of the viaduct from the Street.

BackgroundEdit

Granada is very strong on creating as authentic a background for the street as possible basing it on real Manchester data. All the telephone numbers begin 0161 and the River Irwell is said to run through Weatherfield.

Weatherfield lies southwest of Manchester and has been a community since pre-Roman times. It was the site of a Roman fort and the area was called Paulium after Paulinus the fort commander. After the Romans left the population declined and the area became a quiet farming region known as Bellwether Field- the field of the belled ram. It was later abbreviated to Wetherfield and in the last 300 years or so, to Weatherfield. From the 1780s housing began to spread out over the fields and farms and new roads were built to link the town with Manchester City centre and in the 1830s the Great Northern Railway viaduct was built to run through Weatherfield carrying passengers and goods trains to Manchester's Liverpool Road station. Around this time, the population of the area had increased to about 50,000. In 1900, the oldest dwellings in the town, on the Roman road were demolished to make way for Rosamund Street (named after Rosa Hansbury) the new road to Manchester, with shops, housing and an infirmary. Included with this new development, was Coronation Street.

Local shops and businessesEdit

The area has many local shops and businesses including: Corner Shop,The Kabin, Audrey's, Underworld, Barlow's Buys, Builder's Yard (Victoria Street site), Street Cars, Roy's Rolls, Prima Doner, For your fries only (chip shop), Weatherfield Building Society, Frescho, Turner's joinery and Weatherfield Garden centre.

EducationEdit

Weatherfield has several educational facilities: Bessie Street School, Weatherfield High and Oakhill.

RestaurantsEdit

Known restaurants include: Nick's Bistro, Valandro's and The Royal Panda

PubsEdit

Newton & Ridley is a brewery that was established in 1781 and during the 19th century it started constructing public houses for their beverages. There is a pub crawl called the Weatherfiled 7. Pubs in Weatherfield include the Rovers Return Inn (although is now a free house but still sells Newton and Ridley), The Flying Horse, The laughing Donkey, The Queens, The Weatherfield Arms and The Farrier's arms.

HealthEdit

The main NHS facilities are located at Weatherfield General hospital. Also another medical practice lies on Rosamund Street, The Rosamund Street Medical Centre and a newly formed gym V Court Fitness


Current and former councillorsEdit

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