Wilmslow is an affluent town of over 30,000 people situated 11 miles south of the centre of Manchester in the county of Cheshire. A part of the so-called "Golden Triangle", it is home to many millionaires and celebrities and is one of the most expensive areas in the country to live outside of London.

Frank Barlow moved there from 3 Coronation Street in May 1964 after enjoying a large win on the premium bonds and lived there for the remainder of his life.

In September 1965, Jack and Annie Walker enjoyed a night out at the "Fox and Hounds" pub there. Hearing their favourable comments, Elsie Tanner went there herself and met the rich accountant Robert Maxwell who gave her a lift home. He died of a heart attack at the wheel of his car, crashing it and Elsie fled the scene although the police later caught up with her.

In September 1980 businessman Alan Skidmore took single mother Deirdre Langton out to a place near the town and he had to put on a brave face when she had no choice but to bring along her three-year old daughter Tracy with them.

Frank Foster considered buying a five-bedroomed house in the town for himself and Carla Connor in September 2011 but she was having second thoughts about their relationship and the purchase was never made.

In February 2013, conman Lewis Archer was spotted on CCTV cameras in the town making cash withdrawals from Link machines in the town using Gail McIntyre's stolen details before flying out to Belize on the proceeds.