Bulldozers rip through the Rovers Return as they demolish old Coronation Street ...

Bulldozers are ripping through the Rovers Return, Jack and Vera's cladded house and Rita's Kabin shop as iconic landmarks of the old Coronation Street set are razed. 

The TV soap's former set in Manchester city centre had film crews there for the final time in 2013 and is being knocked down to make way for redevelopment.

And the demolition work is now moving ahead at pace, with heavy plant machinery on the site where scenes were shot for 30 years.

Pictures taken by an urban explorer, known only as Ben, are perhaps among the very last to be snapped before the former Coronation Street set in Manchester is demolished forever

Pictures taken by an urban explorer, known only as Ben, are perhaps among the very last to be snapped before the former Coronation Street set in Manchester is demolished forever

The TV soap's former set in Manchester city centre had film crews there for the final time in 2013 and is being knocked down to make way for redevelopment

The TV soap's former set in Manchester city centre had film crews there for the final time in 2013 and is being knocked down to make way for redevelopment

Pictures taken by an urban explorer, known only as Ben, are perhaps among the very last to be snapped before the famous sites are gone forever.

He got into the derelict set on Thursday and shared his photographs with the M.E.N.

Ben, from Manchester, said: 'With the bulldozers going in I thought I'd give it a final visit. I've previously been on the official tour and I've had a couple of little urban explores.

And the demolition work is now moving ahead at pace, with heavy plant machinery on the site where scenes were shot for 30 years

And the demolition work is now moving ahead at pace, with heavy plant machinery on the site where scenes were shot for 30 years

Pictures taken by an urban explorer, known only as Ben, are perhaps among the very last to be snapped before the famous sites are gone forever

Pictures taken by an urban explorer, known only as Ben, are perhaps among the very last to be snapped before the famous sites are gone forever

He got into the derelict set on Thursday and shared his photographs with the M.E.N. Ben, from Manchester, said: 'With the bulldozers going in I thought I'd give it a final visit

He got into the derelict set on Thursday and shared his photographs with the M.E.N. Ben, from

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