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Destination Crossroads: The Original Series 1964 - 1988

 

Crossroads seems to have an unfair reputation as the soap that hardly ever had any location filming. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth! As you will see on this page, the producers of Crossroads often ventured out of the studio and in fact MANY scenes were shot on location.

 

The Motel

 

The original location for the motel can be found at the Walford Campus of the North Shropshire College. More information on the motel locations can be found HERE.

 

LOCATED AT: SY4 2HL

 

EPISODE: VARIOUS 1964-1981 – including…

EPISODE: 1736 (First Surviving Episode) – July 1972

EPISODE: 2881 (Part 2 Caption)

EPISODE: 2889 (Start of episode caption)

 

Heathbury Manor

 

The manor house next door to the motel featured quite often during the early years. Interestingly, a black and white still was being used – even after the show started broadcasting in colour! In reality – the manor house really is right next door to the college.

 

LOCATED NEAR: SY4 2HL

 

EPISODE: 1927 (Caption Slide) – June 1973

 

Crossroads Garage

 

This version of the garage was seen in 1985 and is clearly an Esso service station. It is really Whynot Service Station on Reddicap Heath Road, Sutton Coldfield – not far from the Penns Hall Hotel.

 

LOCATED AT: B75 7ET

 

EPISODE: TBC

Crossroads Garage

 

This version of the garage was seen in the early 1980s and is clearly a Shell service station. It is really Bridge Garage Services, Stratford Road

Alcester.

 

LOCATED AT: B49 6GP

 

EPISODE: TBC

The Droitwich Hotel

 

In reality it is the Chateau Impney Hotel in Droitwich. Find out more HERE.

 

LOCATED AT: WR9 0BN

 

EPISODE: 1884 (Meg Gardening) – April 1973

EPISODE: 1890 (Interiors) – April 1973

EPISODE: 1891 (Exterior and Interior) – April 1973

EPISODE: 1892 (Exterior and Interiors) – April 1973

EPISODE: 1895 (Bar and Restaurant) – April 1973

EPISODE: 2302 (Wedding Reception) – March 1975

Army Barracks

 

Rather strangely – to make amends for a couple of his soldiers messing about with Marilyn, the sergeant invited her to watch the troops on parade. The location was Whittington Barracks in Lichfield, which is now an MOD Medical Centre. You can just make out the WW1 memorials in both images here.

 

LOCATED AT: WS14 9TJ

 

EPISODE: 500 (Silent Segment) – November 1966

Coventry Boy Statue

 

When Sandy is in hospital, after being involved in a car accident, Meg walks around Coventry in a state of shock. She is fascinated by the story behind the Coventry Boy statue.

 

LOCATED AT: Priory Street, Coventry

 

EPISODE: 1758 – August 1972

Kath Brownlow’s Estate

 

Poor Kath – It doesn’t rain, but it pours. Well in this case, it HAS poured – and then some selfish idiot comes past in a car and splashes her. Anyway – if you want to recreate the scene the location has changed little since the 1980’s.

 

LOCATED AT: Fowler Road, Sutton Coldfield

 

EPISODE: TBC

Church

 

Poor Pete McGuire – funeral held at St. Leonard’s Church, Frankley.

 

LOCATED AT: B32 4BL

 

EPISODE: TX 24-04-85 (Pete’s Funeral)

Sandy’s Hospital

 

Handy for Meg, the hospital that Sandy was sent to after his accident was right next door to the cathedral. Of course, this isn’t really a hospital at all. In fact – it isn’t even the Georgian Mansion it appears to be – as the internal structure was damaged during the Blitz and was rebuilt in the 1950’s

 

LOCATED AT: 11 Priory Row, CV1 5LX

 

EPISODE: 1754 (Meg sits Outside) – August 1972

Heathbury Manor Hotel

 

Before the Penns Hall Hotel was being used regularly as the Crossroads Motel, it appeared as the Heathbury Manor Hotel in 1984. In the scene on the left, David Hunter is visiting Sarah Alexander.

 

LOCATED AT: B76 1LH

 

EPISODE: TBC

Nicola’s Old Street

 

Nicola gets a driver to take her round her old haunts. The street has actually changed little over the years. Junction of Anglesey Street - and Graham Street, Lozells. Anglesey Primary School and Nursery is on the right hand side of the road – although it looks like some of the houses further down have been demolished.

 

LOCATED AT: BR19 1RA (School)

 

EPISODE: TBC

Kath visits the library

 

Really Ward End Library, Washwood Heath Road, ward End, Birmingham B8 2HF

 

LOCATED AT: B8 2HF

 

EPISODE: TX: 04/07/85

 

Kings Oak Village

 

For many years – from at least the mid 1970’s, The village of Tanworth In Arden stood in for Kings Oak.

 

A lot of this village was used over the years – look out for a special report coming soon…

  

LOCATED AT: B94 5AL

 

EPISODE: 2660 (Dec 1976)

Kings Oak Village Lane

 

A case of using one location to represent many different places, this row of houses is almost directly opposite Walford College. The same gate-post can be seen in both photographs.

 

LOCATED NEAR: SY4 2HL

 

EPISODE: TBC

Chapel and Coventry Cathedral

 

David talks with Jill in a variety of locations . This is just outside the chapel of unity. All filmed segments.

 

LOCATED NEAR: CV1 5FB

 

EPISODE: 1754 – (New Cathedral) – August 1972

EPISODE: 1755 – (Chapel) - August 1972

EPISODE: 1756 – (New Cathedral) – August 1972

EPISODE: 1759 – (Old / New Cathedral) – Aug 1972

Statues outside Register Office

 

The register office has recently been demolished – as part of an extensive modernisation programme in the city centre. The statues still stand in the same location.

 

LOCATED AT: Broad Street, Birmingham

 

EPISODE: 2301 (Meg’s Wedding) – March 1975

Birmingham Cathedral

 

After marrying at the Register Office in Birmingham, Meg and Hugh had a blessing at Birmingham Cathedral – said to be the third smallest in Britain. Nobody knows why crowds of thousands appeared  (in terms of the story) and its just one of those things that you’ve got to overlook ok?

 

LOCATED AT: B3 2QB

 

EPISODE: 2301 (Meg’s Wedding) – March 1975

Wilf Harvey’s Cottage

 

Wilf Harvey’s cottage looks to be standing next to a canal –It is really right in the centre of Birmingham – Gas Street Basin. The building is now a pub.

 

LOCATED AT: B1 2JU

 

EPISODE: 1736 (Caption Slide) – July 1972

EPISODE: 1892 (Caption Slide Night)  - April 1973

EPISODE: 1895 (Caption Slide) – April 1793

EPISODE: 1905 (Caption Slide) – May 1973

EPISODE: 2015 (Caption Slide) – November 1973

Vera’s Boat

 

Okay – Vera’s boat isn’t here – and to be honest, neither is the large wall in the background – but there are plenty of barges in Gas Street Basin. You get the idea.

 

LOCATED NEAR: B1 2JU

 

EPISODE: 1976 (Caption Slide) – September 1973

EPISODE: 1978 (Caption Slide) – September 1973

Amy’s Shoplifting Store

 

Poor Amy Turtle was arrested for shoplifting from Barnaby’s Toystore in Birmingham City Centre. The store has long gone, and the area renovated – but the store used to stand just outside the entrance to the Great Western Arcade.

 

LOCATED NEAR: B2 5HU

 

EPISODE: 2294 (Shop-lifting Amy) – March 1975

Mavis Hooper’s B&B

 

Visitors to Kings Oak had the choice of Crossroads Motel – or Mavis Hooper’s B&B. Never the most desirable of accommodation, it looks rather better in real life. You can find this private house on First Avenue, Selly Oak.

 

LOCATED AT: B29 7NS

 

EPISODE: TBC

East Midlands Airport

 

Almost unrecognisable now – the East Midlands Airport has just celebrated its 50th year of operation. The whole site has been modernised from when Jill was shocked to find Sarah Jane on board a flight from Germany.

 

LOCATED AT: DE75 2SA

 

EPISODE: TBC

Isaac Harvey’s House

 

Stan and Jill went to visit his uncle Isaac. In the series the house was described as being at the side of a railway line in Cradely Heath. In reality this is exactly where it is. The house is called Beecher House and can be found on Station Street. Other streets in this area also featured during the episode – including an appearance by the Salvation Army Band!

 

LOCATED AT: B64 6AJ

 

EPISODE: 1942 (Stan Visits Isaac) – July 1973

EPISODE: 1946 (Salvation Army Band) – July 1973

 

Kings Oak Church

 

St Laurence's in Kings Oak was actually The Parish Church of St Laurence, Alvechurch, Worcestershire. This was used for the wedding in 1980 of Kevin Banks to Glenda Brownlow, the funeral of Arthur Brownlow in 1982 and in 1983 the blessing of Jill Harvey's marriage to Adam Chance

 

LOCATED AT: B48 7SB

 

EPISODE: TBC

 

Pete McGuire’s Drugs Clinic

 

In an attempt to help him get over his addiction, Iris Scott accompanies Pete as he starts attending a clinic for addicts. He absconds – and sneaks away when her back is turned. In reality this is a private house, on Farquhar Road, Edgbaston

 

LOCATED AT: B15 3RB

 

EPISODE: TX 18-03-85

EPISODE: TX 20-03-85

Chalford House School for Girls

 

Carlos the chef sneaks into the school with his wife Josephina. Don’t ask me why. He gets collared by the headmistress, who mistakes him for a handyman. In reality Aston Hall is a Grade I listed Jacobean house in Aston, designed by John Thorpe and built between 1618 and 1635.

 

LOCATED AT: B6 6JD

 

EPISODE: 126 (Filmed Segment) – April 1965

Percy Judd’s Shop

 

The shop was originally owned by Percy Judd, before being taken over by Stan and Wilf Harvey.

 

LOCATED AT: CURRENTLY UNKNOWN

 

EPISODE: 1961 (Caption Slide) – August 1973

EPISODE: 2173 (Fake Exterior) – August 1974

EPISODE: 2262 (Fake Exterior) – January 1975

EPISODE: 2294 (Fake Exterior) – March 1975

Public House

 

Seen in at least one episode is this pub. Stan and Wilf have a drink here.

 

LOCATED AT: CURRENTLY UNKNOWN

 

EPISODE: 3013 (Caption Slide)

Home of Sir Basil Hampton

 

Nicola Freeman and Adam Chance visit Sir Basil at his home to discuss the upcoming “Miss Crossroads” competition, which Sir Basil will be hosting. It is really Ashfurlong Hall, Sutton Coldfield.

 

LOCATED AT: B75 6JL

 

EPISODE: TX 29/07/85

Crossroads Garage

 

Often used for garage interiors, alongside the familiar office set and Whynot Service Station (above). The location can be found near Northfield Shopping Centre, Birmingham.

 

LOCATED AT: B31 2JR

 

EPISODE: TX 05/06/85 (And various others)

Casino

 

That David Hunter – one minute he’s business minded – the next he’s gambling… Barbara comes to find him at the casino. The real-life location of this is Rainbow Casino, Portland Road, Birmingham

 

LOCATED AT: B16 9HN

 

EPISODE: TX 25/04/85

Fish & Chip Shop / Take-Away

 

Benny. Roy Lambert and Anne-Marie Wade go for chips at the “Beeches Walk” takeaway, Sutton Coldfield. Its not often a location is signposted. This one was easy to find!

 

LOCATED AT: B73 6HN

 

EPISODE: TX 08/08/85

Kings Oak Butchers

 

Stan is forced to make a last-minute dash to the butcher’s shop on Christmas Eve. He only just makes it in time. At the time of filming, this was a “Simmons” butchers shop in the village of Tanworth In Arden (Kings Oak). The slaughterhouse was round the back! – since then the shop front has been removed and the building turned into a private house

 

LOCATED AT: B94 5AL

 

EPISODE: TBC

Kings Oak Tea Shop

 

Mr Darby takes his ladies for lunch at the village tea shop. This is now also a private house in Tanworth In Arden.

 

LOCATED AT: B94 5AL

 

EPISODE: TBC

Kings Post Office

 

Carney, Meg and Miss Tatum stand outside the post-office and discuss the intricacies of the Christmas post system. While the postbox remains, the post office itself has now closed.

 

LOCATED AT: B94 5AL

 

EPISODE: TBC

The Stag

 

Archie Gibbs slips off for a Christmas drink in the village pub, later owned by John Maddingham. In reality it is “The Bell” – Tanworth in Arden.

 

LOCATED AT: B94 5AL

 

EPISODE: TBC

Yeoman’s Cottage

 

Cottage bought by Paul Ross in 1985. Later Miranda Pollard moves in, followed by Diane Hunter in 1986.

 

LOCATED AT: CURRENTLY UNKNOWN

 

EPISODE: TX 04/07/85 and various others

Kings Oak Stores

 

Re-opened by Roy Lambert in 1985. Later the Grice Family.

 

LOCATED NEAR: B94 5AL

 

EPISODE: Various

Winchmore Vale

 

Sandy and Kay go for a romantic picnic

 

LOCATED AT: KINGS HEATH PARK B14 7TQ

 

EPISODE: 1976 (September 1973)

Title Sequence 1985

 

The red Maestro winds its way to Crossroads past this impressive arch. It is located at the East Gate to Umberslade Hall, near Tanworth in Arden.

 

LOCATED NEAR: B84 5DD

 

NOTE: This is no longer a public road and the arch is not accessible. The road has been diverted.

 

Find out more about the title sequence HERE

Winchmore Vale

 

Anne-Marie gets involved with a dodgy model agency based in Birmingham. The building it was based in has now been demolished - but directly opposite was the disused "Newman Brothers" factory on Fleet Street, Birmingham. It is now known as "The Coffin Works" B3 1JP 

 

LOCATED AT: B3 1JP 

 

EPISODE: TBC

 

The information given on this page is given in good faith – and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy – however, mistakes do happen. We are not responsible for any losses or inconvenience caused if you choose to use this information to go location hunting yourself!