15a Coronation Street is a two-bedroom flat located above the Corner Shop in Coronation Street, Weatherfield. It is home to Daniel Osbourne, Sinead Tinker, and their son Bertie, who rent the property from the shop's owner Dev Alahan.
Originally one of the shop's bedrooms, by the early 1960s the area had been converted into a bedsit, accessed via a staircase in the shop's living quarters. Florrie Lindley was the first proprieter to take in lodgers, and most of her successors have followed suit, although a few have used the space for storage or lived there themselves.
In 1985, as part of a modernisation of the shop Alf Roberts expanded the flat to fill the entire upstairs and built a new door to the apartment on Viaduct Street, separating the flat from the shop - although the properties have continued to be sold together.
Past residents of the flat include Sheila Birtles, Doreen Lostock, Emily Nugent, Bet Lynch, Tricia Hopkins, Gail Potter, Deirdre Langton, Shirley Armitage, Curly Watts, Ken Barlow, Chris Collins and Sunita Parekh.
When the Corner Shop in Coronation Street was built in 1902, it had three upstairs bedrooms. By 1961, one of the rooms had been adapted into a bedsit, allowing the shop's owner Florrie Lindley to start taking in paying lodgers. The first tenants were Town Hall clerks Phil Braithwaite and Norman Dobson.
During the 1960s and 1970s, most people who resided at the flat were either relatives of the shop's owner or live-in assistants. As it was technically part of the shop, and not a separate property, anyone living there was typically evicted when the shop underwent a change of ownership. When not occupied, it was generally used as a stockroom.
The flat started out as little more than a spare bedroom, lacking a bathroom, its own street entrance or postal address separate from the shop. Tenants entered the bedsit using the staircase situated within the shop's living quarters.
When first let in 1961, the flat contained two beds, a stove, and limited kitchen facilities. The layout was unchanged at least until 1967, when Emily Nugent lived there, but by 1970 it had a separate kitchen to the right of the entrance, behind a glass wall.
List of owners and residents
- 1961 - Phil Braithwaite
A clerk at Weatherfield Town Hall who moved in along with his colleague Norman Dobson in October 1961. They had both left by January 1962.
- 1962-1963 - Sheila Birtles
A young machinist at Elliston's Raincoat Factory, who shared the flat with her best friend Doreen Lostock. The girls often annoyed Florrie with their pop music but they obeyed her cardinal rule forbidding boyfriends from staying the night. In 1963, Sheila had a mental breakdown in the flat after being dumped by Neil Crossley and considered killing herself, but was saved thanks to Dennis Tanner's intevention. She returned to her parents in Rawtenstall immediately afterwards.
- 1962-1963 - Doreen Lostock
Sheila's flatmate who worked at Gamma Garments. Doreen stayed on for a few weeks after Sheila's departure before signing with the Women's Royal Army Corp and leaving Weatherfield.
- 1965 - Jerry Booth
Lived in the flat for three months after the breakdown of his marriage to Myra and death of their baby daughter.
- 1965 - Sandra Petty
Daughter of shop owner Lionel Petty. The flat gave Sandra her own space away from her domineering father but it wasn't enough and at the end of the year she moved to a flat in Leestand Road to assert her independence.
- 1967-1968 - Emily Nugent
The Gamma Garments manager moved in when she returned to Weatherfield after spending a year nursing her sick father in Harrogate. She was forced to give up the flat when the Cleggs bought the shop.
- 1968-1969 - Gordon Clegg
Son of Betty Turpin, raised by Maggie and Les Clegg. Moving in when his parents bought the shop, Gordon lived at the flat for a year, while studying accountancy at Commercial College. He left to work at his firm's head office in London.
- 1969-1970 - Betty Turpin
Along with her husband Cyril, Betty moved into the flat to be closer to her younger sister Maggie. Maggie allowed the Turpins to share her living space, but secured Betty a job as a barmaid at the Rovers Return in order to keep her out of the shop. The Turpins stayed for a year, moving to 37 Hillside Crescent in 1970.
- 1970-1971 - Irma Barlow
The shop's co-owner moved into the flat with Bet Lynch after the Turpins left. Recently widowed, Irma's time there was characterised by bad relationships with men, including Joe Donelli who confessed to murdering Steve Tanner and locked Irma in the flat with him. She disappeared abruptly in December 1971 and pulled her money out of the shop two months later, settling in Llandudno.
- 1970, 1977-1980, 1982-1985, 1989 - Bet Lynch/Gilroy
The longstanding Rovers barmaid flat-shared with Irma Barlow for just four months before leaving to live with Frank Bradley at 44 Victoria Street.
- 1971 - Janet Reid
Len Fairclough's ex-girlfriend filled in for Irma at the shop for four weeks while Irma recuperated from appendicitis in Llandudno, and in return was allowed to use the flat. Feeling lonely, Janet threw herself at Alan Howard, but was seen off by Elsie.
- 1972-1973 - Norma Ford
Answered Maggie's ad for a live-in assistant in 1972 and stayed for a year and a half.
The flat's interior first appeared in Episode 167 on 18th July 1962, when Sheila Birtles and Doreen Lostock moved in. Before that, the bedsit had been occupied by Phil Braithwaite and Norman Dobson, but the onset of the Equity actors' strike shortly after their introduction resulted in those character being written out.
The flat has sported dramatically different appearances over the years, with a number of inconsistencies between episodes. Episode 434, in which Jerry Booth moves into the flat, shows it to be on the ground foor, contradicting other episodes.