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Cambridge beats Weatherfield to Coronation Street top spot

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Street sign saying 'Coronation Street'.

This weekend will see people across the United Kingdom celebrating the Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort.

Thousands of events will be hosted for the occasion including street parties, Coronation Big Lunches, Big Help Out plans and other Coronation activities. If you would like to see what’s on in your local area or share how you will be celebrating then check out the digital map on the Coronation website.

In the spirit of the celebration, I thought I would take a look at the Coronation through the lens of HM Land Registry data and see what I could find out about the roads around the country named Coronation.

We have more than 1,000 streets registered with Coronation in the name. These were the top 5 most common among them:

  • Coronation Road – 429
  • Coronation Avenue – 195
  • Coronation Street – 167
  • Coronation Terrace – 112
  • Coronation Drive – 90

From this I thought I would drill down further into the data for one of these sets of streets and despite not being one for soaps myself, one name stood out more than others. Coronation Street.

So after finding all of the Coronation Streets we had registered I took the relevant postcode sector for them, 'CB2 1' for example, and using HM Land Registry’s open data I ran a report on the average prices and volumes of each postcode for the year-to-date to get the average for sales for each street.

As the report uses current year-to-date information these rankings will vary over time.

The top 10 Coronation Streets for average house price year-to-date were:

  • Cambridge, CB2 1HF
    Average house price: £596,793
  • Teignmouth, TQ14 0DQ
    Average house price: £524,375
  • Fairford, GL7 4HP
    Average house price: £517,154
  • Chard, TA20 2EP
    Average house price: £422,000
  • Trowbridge, BA14 7AH
    Average house price: £375,500
  • Evesham, WR11 3DA
    Average house price: £354,286
  • Brighton, BN2 3AQ
    Average house price: £330,386
  • Chester, CH4 8BX
    Average house price: £293,166
  • Barnstaple, EX32 7AY
    Average house price: £290,727
  • Caerphilly, CF83 8DL
    Average house price: £273,958

Unfortunately, we don’t have any price paid data for the cobbled Coronation Street of fictional town Weatherfield so I can’t tell you what Ken Barlow’s house would be worth nowadays. There is however a Coronation Street in Salford (the borough Weatherfield is based in) which has a year-to-date average house price of £205,000.

If you want to create some price paid reports for any of the non-fictional streets out there you can do so free of charge. There is more information available on the other types of data you can access from HM Land Registry within our GOV.UK pages.

I would like to wish to wish everyone a happy Coronation weekend and hope those who are watching the Coronation or taking part in any of the celebrations enjoy the occasion.

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  1. Comment by J. S. Shaw posted on

    Why no mention of the mythical GM postcode area, created by Royal Mail so that weird but real people can send real letters to fictional residents of Weatherfield? And why did not HMLR invent mythical title numbers too- aren't the properties in Weatherfield registered?
    [PS: it was going to be called Florizel Street, at first.]
    [PPS: It's Grace Archer for whom I feel sorry- the BBC killed her off in 1955, as a spoiler for the newly-transmitting ITV.]

  2. Comment by Genny posted on

    I was born and grew up in Cambridge, and was at school in the 1960's-70's very close to Coronation Street. It's mostly late Victorian terraced houses (no.59, on the corner with Bentinck Street, was formerly a grocer's shop) which in those days were regarded as fairly downmarket - but look at the price now! Cambridge in my youth was a smaller and slightly scruffy town - obviously the University was the main focus, but academics (like my father) weren't highly paid and there were some pretty rough areas, which are still there today. It's now expanded hugely with the influx of computer and bioscience industries, and become so much more cosmopolitan, but I miss that less sophisticated, more down to earth feel of the place.