The unnamed Council Deputy Surveyor inspected the remains of 7 Coronation Street when the front rooms collapsed suddenly in September 1965. Under the watchful eye of landlord Edward Wormold, he concluded that the collapse was not due to subsidence as feared, but was instead caused faulty foundations and, in the main, another fault in the main beam over the bay window. He insisted that the house be shored up immediately and Len Fairclough was given the job as he had just been added to the council's list of approved contractors. The Surveyor accompanied Wormold to the Builder's Yard where he made sure that Len could get hold of steel props and timber needles immediately needed to accomplish the task and made it quite clear that as the houses were not council property, Wormold would be footing the bill!

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