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The Most Famous Fictional Streets In The UK *

Sunday, 9 June 2019

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We all sit down and delve into the fictional world of our favourite characters whether that's by watching soap operas, tv shows or movies. There's many worlds, houses and streets we're familiar with and we know exactly who lives where and so on. In this post we're talking about which fictional streets are most famous in the UK.
Privet Drive
We were first introduced to this fictional street in the book Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling way back in 1997 when it was first published. Located in Surrey, this street was home to the not-so-nice Dursley family, which included Harry Potter's Uncle Vernon, Auntie Petunia, and their spoilt son Dudley, who all lived at Number 4, Privet Drive. 
In 1981 the normal looking street became a little more interesting when Vernon and Petunia's young nephew Harry James Potter was left on their doorstep by Albus Dumbledore after his parents were tragically killed by Lord Voldemort.

The suburban street has pretty normal looking English houses which have a garden at the front and back. The name of the street actually came from a privet bush, which is a hedge that isolates houses as Rowling herself thought this linked quite well as the Dursley’s had a desire to segregate themselves from the Wizarding World — despite having strong family ties.
If you wish to see Privet Drive in person then you can visit the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London to see the film set in real life. It's definitely something on my bucket list to do within the next year or two. You can even go inside and see what it's like but most importantly don't forget to get a photo standing next to the well-known personalised street sign. The actual home that was used in the first film recently made headlines after being put on the market for almost £500,000!
Coronation Street
I've basically been brought up watching Coronation Street since I was born so it's definitely a street which instantly springs to my mind when I think of the most famous fictional streets in the UK. To be honest I probably knew what the Corrie theme tune was when I was still in the womb. It's based in the fictional town of Weatherfield in Salford, which I'm sure most of you already know. I know I may sound like an old woman but it's definitely my favourite soap to watch in the evening. It first came to our screens in 1960 on ITV. The street is thought to have been built in 1902 and it had a row of seven terraced houses with the iconic Rovers Return and the corner shop at each end. Obviously now we're in 2019 it's been expanded with more houses and shops to cater for all of the people who live and work on the street.
The show itself has been home to many dramas and is the longest-running soap opera in the world. Because of its popularity, writers had to introduce new characters and locations over the years to create a more representative environment for viewers at home to relate with. Today, you’ll still find the iconic Rovers Return Inn and D&S Alahan’s corner shop, but there's now also The Kabin Newsagents, Roy’s Rolls Café, and lingerie-making business Underworld as well as other communal areas.
There are quite a few storylines you’ll remember from this show, from the ‘Free the Weatherfield One’ campaign where Deirdre Rachid was given an 18-month sentence for a crimes she didn’t commit to Hayley Cropper née Harold Patterson becoming the first transgender character on the show. There’re a lot of storylines that made a significant impact on the British public that still live on almost 60 years later. I think it's great that they always touch on such important topics.
You can walk down the famous cobbles yourself with an outdoor street tour, that take place on the weekends. Located at MediaCityUK in Manchester, the 80-minute tour also includes the set of Rosamund Street and the never-before-seen Victoria Street.
Cherry Tree Lane You’ll be more than familiar with Cherry Tree Lane, especially if you recently visited the cinema to see Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns which I still haven't got around to watching! We were first introduced to the fictional street in 1934, when author P.L. Travers released the first book of her Mary Poppins series. The street is most notably home to the Banks family, who lived at number 17 and has been passed down to each generation.
There has been a number of remarkable and magical events that have occurred on this street, and of course Mary Poppins initial landing is one of them. What else makes this location supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is that it’s also home to Admiral Boom and Mr. Binnacle, who were once members of England’s navy and keep their house in ‘shipshape’ — with an actual ship on the roof which fires a cannon twice a day! As well as this, there is countless chimney sweepers and path illustrators! 
Although there is no specific location for where Cherry Tree Lane could be, it’s thought that Travers based her vision off townhouses in Kensington or her own home on Smith Street in Chelsea — which now has an English Heritage plaque outside.
Baker Street
Home to everyone’s favourite detective, 221b Baker Street is where Sherlock Holmes lived and worked. Although you may need to wear your deerstalker cap to find it, as the building is strangely located between 237 and 241. Penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock has become one of the most influential literary characters associated with British culture. 
Now it's a Museum which is open every day from 9:30am to 18:00pm and costs adults £15 and children under 16's £10. You’ll be able to explore the home Sherlock shared with his main companion, Dr Watson — including the sitting room, the laboratory, the iconic study and more.
There’s a lot of fictional streets here in the UK. 
Which ones are your favourite?


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