June Street, Salford 1973 — a joint project with Martin Parr
One day in 1973 Martin Parr and I, final year photography students at Manchester Polytechnic, attended a Granada TV open day. We were shown the newly reconstructed set for Coronation Street and learned that location filming for the popular soap opera was due to end. Wholesale regeneration of Salford's housing stock was sweeping away the ranks of Victorian terraced streets with their paving of stone setts, the very features which defined how a TV audience expected 'the north' to look. If the drama were to continue looking like itself, it was decided, exterior scenes could no longer be shot on location.
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Bodleian Libraries | Archive of Daniel Meadows, photographer and social documentarist (CMD ID 12752, 17418, 17823, 18768) | Early material, 1970-3 Dec 2020 | June Street, Salford, c. May 1973-Apr 1996, 2011