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Front door of No.9 in 2013

9 Coronation Street is the third house going west on the terraced side of Coronation Street. The house is well known for its blue bricks, guttering and front door. It is situated between No.7 and No.11.

No.9 is currently home to Fiz Stape and her daughter Hope Stape, and Tyrone Dobbs's daughter Ruby Dobbs. Tyrone had been Jack and Vera Duckworth's lodger when they owned the house. They sold it to him instead of leaving it to their son Terry as Tyrone had been a better son to them, despite not being a blood relation. The striking appearance of the house - namely the stone cladding - was Vera's idea, as she wanted it to stand out. Some years later, Vera renamed the house "The Old Rectory", when she was trying to out-do the neighbours. Tyrone moved out in April 2021 after he fell in love with Alina Pop.

Other past residents include Ivan, Linda, and Paul Cheveski, Ken, Valerie, Peter, and Susan Barlow, Len Fairclough, Ray Langton, Jerry Booth, Rita Fairclough, Chalkie and Craig Whitely, Curly Watts, Judy, Billy, Becky and Gary Mallett, Maria Connor, Molly Dobbs, Tommy Duckworth, Tina McIntyre and Kirsty Soames.



House exterior in 2019

Coronation Street was built in 1902, opposite Hardcastle's Mill and the Glad Tidings Mission Hall. No.9 had an identical configuration to the six other residential houses in the row: on the ground floor, a front parlour, hallway, back room and scullery, three bedrooms on the first floor, and an outside toilet and coal hole in the yard.

The first family to move in was the Crappers, on 9th August 1902.


When Ted and Amy Gibson were moving into the house in 1950, they persuaded landlord Edward Wormold to carry out improvements to the back room and scullery; the wall between them was demolished, and the kitchen was extended to the far wall, making the Gibsons the envy of the street. However, their rent was raised accordingly.

Neither the Cheveskis nor the Barlows did much with No.9 other than the usual upkeep and decorating. In 1964, Ken Barlow agreed to Ted Grieves's sky-high quote to decorate the house, but Ted walked out when Ken told him to do a good job. The following year, Ken and Valerie's twins Peter and Susan were born, and Ken employed Len Fairclough and Jerry Booth to turn the front parlour into a playroom. It had previously been used as a salon by Val.

When Rita Littlewood married Len and moved into No.9, where Len had lived since 1968, she was greatly dissatisfied with the way he lived and was surprised that Len, who owned his own construction business, ran a house which was barely fit for living in. In 1980, Rita gave Len a list of alterations she wanted done to the house, including a fitted kitchen and two rooms knocked into one. Len scoffed at her ideas but - after some persuasion - he installed a new kitchen and put in central heating, though the parlour and back rooms remained separate.

1989: Vera shows off the newly stone clad house

The biggest change to No.9 took place in 1989, when Vera Duckworth had the front of the house stone-clad, to the neighbours' horror. The garish cladding clashed with the other houses in the Street, which were all red brick, but it was precisely that effect that Vera was aiming for and thus she was pleased with it, although she and Jack were put out when they discovered a few months later that the cladding had de-valued the house. The cladding was re-painted by Clifford Duckworth in 1994, making the blues a deeper shade. When Tyrone Dobbs bought the house in 2008, his girlfriend Molly Compton decided to have the cladding removed as it sent out the wrong message about the house's inhabitants. As soon as worked started on removing it, however, it was discovered that the cladding was fixed on so firmly that they would have to re-render the entire front of the house. Molly then decided to leave the cladding as it was, and Vera's legacy remained.

In 1991, the water went off in Coronation Street while Vera was running a bath. It wasn't turned on again until a few days later, and it was without warning, so the house then flooded. Jack Duckworth made an insurance claim but then, seeing an opportunity to decorate the whole house at the insurance company's expense, embellished the claim by saying that water had run through to the hall and back room, and faked water damage to those rooms. However, the insurance company didn't believe the claim and refused to pay anything, so Jack had to pay for the repairs and decorations out of his own pocket.

In their second stint at No.9, the Duckworths continued to make cosmetic improvements, and installed a new fitted kitchen in 2000. Two years later, while trying out-do Doreen Heavey, Vera renamed the house "The Old Rectory" and put a sign outside the front door. Doreen changed the sign to read "The Old Wreck" which Vera then painted over so that it again read "The Old Rectory."

Tyrone Dobbs bought the house in 2008 and has yet to make any major improvements, other than the decoration of the back room on the year he became the owner.

List of owners and residents


Gary and Judy Mallett bought No.9 in 1995. Their twins Becky and Billy were born in 1998


  • 1902-1906 - Albert Crapper
    Albert, his wife Pearl, and their children Jack and Ronnie, moved in on 9th August 1902. Albert and Jack were mine workers and were among the fatalities at the Weatherfield Main pit disaster of 1906.
  • 1902-1910 - Pearl Crapper
    Wife of Albert. Pearl was a cleaner at the Rovers Return. After the death of her youngest son Bertie from TB in 1910, Nellie Corbishley invited Pearl to live at the Rovers and she accepted.
  • 1902-1906 - Jack Crapper
    Eldest son of Albert and Pearl. Jack was killed in the Weatherfield Main pit disaster in 1906.
  • 1902-1910 - Ronnie Crapper
    Middle son of Albert and Pearl. Ronnie didn't work in the mines and thus he was spared his father and brother's fates. In 1909, he married Rose Weaver and a year later the couple moved into a carriage house at Hardcastle's stables.
  • 1907-1910 - Bertie Crapper
    Youngest son of Albert and Pearl. Bertie was born after Albert's death. He died of TB in 1910.
  • 1909-1910 - Rose Crapper
    Wife of Ronnie. In 1910, Rose took a job at Hardcastle's stables and she and Ronnie moved into a carriage house, leaving No.9 empty.
  • 1910-1925 - Ned Buck
    Mill worker and coffin maker Ned and his family were next to inhabit No.9. Ned died in an accident in the Rovers, where he spent most evenings; arguing with his son Larry over who won the 1921 Derby, Ned was knocked across a table and smashed his head on the floor. He died instantly.
  • 1910-1919 - Sarah Buck
    Wife of Ned. Sarah also worked at the mill and was a skilled midwife known locally for carrying out abortions. She died from alcohol poisoning in 1919.
  • 1910-1926 - Larry Buck
    Eldest son of Ned and Sarah. Initially a quiet lad, war made him restless and aggressive. In 1920, he married Avis Grundy and No.9 became their family home. They moved away to Newcastle in 1926.
  • 1910-1915, 1918 - Joe Buck
    Youngest son of Ned and Sarah. Joe worked in the mill's dye works. In 1913, he married Kelly Smith and they had a son, Jim. Returning after the war, Joe discovered he'd been replaced at work, Joe, Kelly and Jim moved to Canada for a new life.
  • 1910-1916 - Alice Buck
    Daughter of Ned and Sarah. Ned threw Sarah out a week after she gave birth to an illegitimate son Ben.
  • 1913-1915, 1918 - Kelly Buck
    Wife of Joe. Kelly worked at the dye works, handling yards of material from the dyeing vats into clean water. She moved into No.9 after marrying Joe. During the war, Kelly moved back to her family home in Collier Street and took a job as a conductress on the trams, and in 1918, after a short time living back at No.9, Kelly, Joe and their son Jim moved to Canada for a new life.
  • 1913-1915, 1918 - Jim Buck
    Son of Joe and Kelly. At five years old, his parents took him to Canada to live.
  • 1916 - Ben Buck
    Son of Alice Buck and Vic Piggott. A week after he was born, Ned told Alice to take her bastard child and leave his house.
  • 1920-1926 - Avis Buck
    Wife of Larry. Avis moved into No.9 when she married Larry in 1920. Their twin children Ian and Lucy were born in 1923 but a house fire that same year killed Lucy. The surviving members of the family moved to Newcastle three years later, leaving No.9 empty for a new family.
  • 1923-1926 - Ian Buck
    Son of Larry and Avis and twin brother of Lucy. Ian moved with the family to Newcastle in 1926.
  • 1923 - Lucy Buck
    Daughter of Larry and Avis and twin sister of Ian. Lucy was killed in a house fire on the same year as her birth.
  • 1926-1946 - Jack Todd
    Jack, wife Vi, and children Jim, Dot, and Sally moved into No.9 in 1926. Jack worked at the shunting yard but lost his job during the Depression and ended up digging up streets for the council for a living. By 1946, Jack was the sole member of his family still living at No.9 and he decided to take up the post of Bessie Street School's resident caretaker.
  • 1926-1944 - Vi Todd
    Wife of Jack and mother of Jim, Dot and Sally. Vi grew up in No.11 and married Jack in 1914. Vi lost her job at Hardcastle's Mill during the Depression. She died in 1944 when she caught pneumonia after falling into the canal during a blackout.
  • 1926-1945 - Sally Todd
    Eldest daughter of Jack and Vi. Sally fell in with the Americans during the Second World War and had a son, whom she named Clark, by her GI love Oliver Hart. After the war, she left to marry Oliver.
  • 1926-1945 - Dot Todd
    Youngest daughter of Jack and Vi. Like her sister, Dot looked like a cert to marry one of the visiting Americans but she settled for the safer Walter Greenhalgh instead. She left home when she wed Walt in 1945.
  • 1926-1942 - Jim Todd
    Son of Jack and Vi. Jim was killed while fighting in Africa in 1942.
  • 1940-1943 - Daisy Todd
    Jack's mother, who moved into No.9 when her house was destroyed by a bomb in 1940. She died in her sleep in summer 1943.
  • 1943-1945 - Clark Hart
    Son of Sally Todd and Oliver Hart. Clark was born out of wedlock but Oliver agreed to marry Sally when the war finished. He kept his promise and Sally and Clark moved to the USA in 1945.
  • 1946-1950 - Jackie Rigby
    Warehouse storeman Jackie and his father-in-law Alf Nuttall lived at No.9 for four years until they did a moonlight flit in 1950 owning three weeks rent.
  • 1946-1950 - Alf Nuttall
    Rovers potman who lived with Jackie Rigby.
  • 1950-1960 - Ted Gibson
    Older couple Ted and Amy Gibson had just married when they moved into No.9. Ted was a bookie's clerk and Amy worked at Miami Modes. They moved out in November 1960 after winning £20,000.
  • 1950-1960 - Amy Gibson
    Wife of Ted.
  • 1961 - Ivan Cheveski
    Ivan and Linda moved from Warrington to Weatherfield as their landlady didn't allow children. After less than a year, Ivan persuaded Linda that Canada would be a better environment in which to raise their newborn son Paul, and the Cheveskis emigrated.
  • 1961 - Linda Cheveski
    Wife of Ivan. From 1940 to 1958, Linda lived next door at No.11.
  • 1961 - Paul Cheveski
    Son of Ivan and Linda.

Ken and Valerie Barlow owned No.9 from 1962 to 1968

  • 1962-1968 - Ken Barlow
    Ken's second address in Coronation Street, after growing up at No.3. Ken and wife Valerie started their married life there in 1962 and stayed until 1968 when they moved to one of the new maisonettes across the street.
  • 1962-1968 - Valerie Barlow
    Ken's wife. Valerie operated a salon in No.9's front parlour.
  • 1963-1964 - Dave Robbins
    A teaching colleague of Ken's, who lodged at No.9 while his landlady was ill.
  • 1964-1965 - David Barlow
    Ken's younger brother, who stayed with the Barlows when he was suspended from his football club for taking a bribe. David left No.9 when he discovered that Ken believed the allegations. He was later cleared.
  • 1965-1968 - Susan Barlow
    Daughter of Ken and Valerie and twin sister of Peter.
  • 1965-1968 - Peter Barlow
    Son of Ken and Valerie and twin brother of Susan.
  • 1968-1982 - Len Fairclough
    Builder and councillor Len bought No.9 and turned it into a bachelor pad. In 1982, now living with wife Rita, Len rebuilt the collapsed No.7 and the Faircloughs moved in there.
  • 1968-1969, 1970-1975 - Ray Langton
    A partner at the Builder's Yard. Ray was Len's lodger until Ray married Deirdre Hunt in 1975. He and Len didn't always get on; in 1969, Len threw Ray out when he set up a business with Dave Smith, in opposition to Len. He returned to No.9 in 1970, when he'd returned to work as a labourer at the Builder's Yard.
  • 1968 - Marj Griffin
    A woman who left her husband Basil for Len. Len did everything to put her off - eventually he was saved when Ray passed off a couple of kids as Len's children.
  • 1969 - Janice Langton
    Ray's younger sister, who arrived at No.9 when she ran away from her probation officer. Ray let her stay but flighty Janice left Weatherfield after stealing Dave Smith's car with Bob Neale.
  • 1969 - Alan Howard
    Len's old Navy friend lodged at No.9 while setting up a salon locally.
  • 1971-1975 - Jerry Booth
    Len's old business partner completed the trinity of builder bachelors at No.9 in the early 1970s. Jerry ended up doing most of the housework while Len and Ray chased women. He died of a heart attack.
  • 1974 - Alison Wright
    Woman who left her husband for Ray but after a few days she was given her marching orders by Len.
  • 1974 - Jonathan Wright
    Young son of Alison.
  • 1975 - Eddie Yeats
    Lodged at No.9 for two months after Ena Sharples made him move out of No.5. He left when he was charged with handling stolen goods.

Rita and Len Fairclough in 1980

  • 1977-1982 - Rita Fairclough
    After a five-year on/off relationship with Len, including a broken engagement, Rita finally married him and moved into No.9 in 1977. Rita faced an uphill struggle to persuade Len to give her a house fit to live in - he thought the house was fine as it was. In 1982, Len rebuilt No.7, which collapsed in 1965, and the Faircloughs moved in there.
  • 1981 - John Spencer
    A young boy who was fostered by the Faircloughs. With him came his rabbit, George.
  • 1982 - Sharon Gaskell
    Len and Rita's foster daughter. When they moved to No.7, Sharon moved with them.
  • 1982-1983 - Chalkie Whitely
    Chalkie bought No.9 when the Faircloughs moved into No.7. The following year, he won over £3,000 and joined the rest of his family in Australia.
  • 1982 - Craig Whitely
    Chalkie's grandson. His father Bob Whitely took him to live in Australia.

1983: The Duckworths move in

  • 1983-1995, 2000-2009, 2010 - Jack Duckworth
    Jack, Vera and Terry, their pigeons, their arguments and their misfortunes moved to Coronation Street in 1983 when their house in Inkerman Street was demolished. The Duckworths moved out of No.9 when they bought the Rovers Return in 1995 but fond memories of their first stint made them move back five years later. Jack left the house to move in with Connie Rathbone, with whom he shared a platonic friendship. He moved back in when he found out he was dying from Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, as he wanted to spend his final days in his and Vera's house.
  • 1983-1995, 2000-2008 - Vera Duckworth
    Wife of Jack. Vera aimed to set her house apart from the neighbours, but the stone cladding actually lowered the market value. She died from heart failure in 2008.
  • 1983-1987, 1988 - Terry Duckworth
    Nineteen in 1983, Terry was the apple of his mother's eye but not so much with Jack. He left home when he ran off with Linda Jackson, a married woman. He returned the following year, only to leave again when Mike Baldwin sacked him from Baldwin's Casuals for borrowing his Jaguar when Mike was away. Terry often returned, but was less welcome with every visit.
  • 1987-1988 - Amy Burton
    Vera's nagging mother. Vera insisted that Amy live with her and Jack as she was worried about her health. She left in shame when the Duckworths found out she'd been stealing from the Corner Shop and the Rovers.
  • 1989-1991 - Curly Watts
    Vera invited Emily Bishop's old lodger to move into No.9 when he was thrown out of the shop flat by Alf Roberts for being unable to pay the rent. Vera gave Curly free lodgings as he was a friend of Terry's. He left when Vera gave his room to Joss Shackleton and made him take the sofa.
  • 1991 - Joss Shackleton
    A friend of Amy Burton's, who claimed to be Vera's father. Joss convinced Vera that she had Royal blood in her veins but Jack thought he was trying to con her into giving him free lodgings.
  • 1992 - Lisa Duckworth
    Terry's wife. Lisa stayed at No.9 after Terry did a runner from the prison officer on their wedding day, as he had been given a day release for the nuptials. She returned to Blackpool when she decided she wasn't going to be a prison wife.
  • 1992, 1993, 2011-2012 - Tommy Duckworth
    Son of Terry and Lisa. Lisa had Tommy when she was living at No.9. After her death, Jack and Vera looked after him as Terry was still in prison. When Terry was released, he sold Tommy to the Hortons. Tommy returned to No.9 aged eighteen and lodged with Tyrone Dobbs, who felt obligated to put him up because he was a Duckworth but they soon became friends. He threw Tommy out when he and Tina McIntyre tried to split up Tyrone and his partner Kirsty Soames.
  • 1993 - Doug Murray
    Mechanic who lodged with the Duckworths until Jack threw him out for not paying his rent.
  • 1994-1995 - Clifford Duckworth
    Jack's brother. Vera treated him better than she treated Jack. His wife Elsie collected him after a few weeks.
  • 1995-2000 - Gary Mallett
    Gary and Judy bought No.9 when Jack and Vera bought the Rovers. In 2000, a year after Judy's death, Gary and the twins moved in with Paula Shipley in Blackpool.
  • 1995-1999 - Judy Mallett
    Wife of Gary. Judy worked as a barmaid at the Rovers. She died from a blood clot sustained in a car accident in 1999.
  • 1997 - Zoe Tattersall
    A pregnant teenage girl who was taken in by the Malletts and agreed to sell them her baby for £2,000. She moved into No.4 when she began a relationship with Ashley Peacock.
  • 1997 - Katie Mallett
    Daughter of Zoe Tattersall and Liam Shepherd. Katie was bought by the Malletts and Gary was registered as the child's father on the birth certificate. Four months later, Zoe snatched Katie and renamed her Shannon.
  • 1998-2000 - Billy Mallett
    Son of Gary and Judy and twin brother of Becky.
  • 1998-2000 - Becky Mallett
    Daughter of Gary and Judy and twin sister of Billy.

Vera and Jack with Molly and Tyrone

  • 2000 to 2021 - Tyrone Dobbs
    Jack and Vera's lodger from the Park Road B&B. Tyrone became like a second son to the Duckworths. With him came his dog Monica. Tyrone bought the house in 2008 and moved out in April 2021 when he moved into 2a Coronation Street with his lover Alina Pop.
  • 2001 - Maria Sutherland
    Tyrone's fiancée, who moved in when Tyrone took a throwaway remark by Vera as an invitation for her to stay. Maria and Tyrone split a few months later when Maria saw Tyrone kissing Fiz Brown.
  • 2006-2010 - Molly Compton
    Tyrone's girlfriend and eventual wife. Molly left Tyrone in 2010 and was killed that same evening in the tram crash disaster.
  • 2007-2008 - Paul Clayton
    Jack and Vera's grandson. Paul did a runner after setting fire to Valandro's restaurant in an insurance scam.
  • 2009 - Jackie Dobbs
    Tyrone's mother, who turned up early in the New Year with no money. Tyrone let her stay, against Molly's wishes. She left on Tyrone and Molly's wedding day after stealing their Paris honeymoon tickets.
  • 2009 - Kirk Sutherland
    Tyrone's friend, who moved into No.9 when he was made unwelcome by Tony Gordon next door. When Molly snapped at him, he moved back to No.7 after a month.
  • 2010 - Jack Dobbs
    Son of Molly Dobbs and Kevin Webster, but Tyrone was in the dark about Molly and Kevin's prior affair and believed Jack to be his for the first three months of the baby's life. After discovering Jack's true paternity, and Molly's death, Tyrone handed Jack over to Kevin.

Tommy, Tyrone and Tina, the occupants of No.9 between 2011 and 2012

Other information

  • In 1962, after the Cheveskis emigrated, No.9 was used as a meeting place for the Black Hand Gang. The other residents only found out when Len Fairclough caught young Billy Makin in the backing.
  • In November 1962, No.9 was the first house in the street to have a telephone installed.
  • In 1975, No.9 was the scene of Lynn Johnson's murder, by her husband Roy. Len was briefly the prime suspect.
  • The Doyle family was introduced in the book "Snow on the Cobbles", they were said to move into No.9 in January 1945 which contradicts information from Daran Little's 1997 book, "Around the Coronation Street Houses".

Background information

See also

Category:Residents of 9 Coronation Street

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