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Frank Barlow
Occupation Postman
Born 19th October 1913
Birthplace Weatherfield
Died 21st April 1975
Father Sidney Barlow
Mother Edna Barlow
Sibling(s) Marjorie Barlow
Spouse(s) Ida Leathers (1938)
Children Ken Barlow (1939)
David Barlow (1942)
First appearance 9th December 1960
Last appearance 3rd February 1971
Duration 1960-1964, 1967, 1971
Played by Frank Pemberton

Frank Barlow was the head of the Barlow family in the 1960s and the father of Ken Barlow. He was widowed in 1961, and after a few years trying to rebuild his life he moved to Cheshire.




Married life

Born and bred in Weatherfield in 1913, Frank Barlow married Ida Leathers on 1st May, 1938 and they had a son Ken before Frank was called out to war in 1939. Due to his military service he wasn't there to help raise Ken and David (born 1942), but when the war ended in 1945 he became a postman. The family lived in 3 Coronation Street, Weatherfield, until the 1960s.

Frank was a man typical of the area at the time. Hard working, a caring father, he expected Ida to care for the family and cook meals, and he frequented the Rovers Return down the street. He was shocked when Ken, very much an academic sort of person, went on to university and mixed with students of a higher class, and it showed. Frank accused Ken of thinking his family and street was beneath him. He tried his best to reign in Ken's radical ideas and forbade him to go on a student march - Ken went anyway.

In the sorting office Frank worked with Alf Roberts. In 1961, Frank's supervisor Norman Chadwick left the GPO and Frank got his job. He thought Ida should give up work as he could now support them on his own, but in September Ida was hit by a bus and died.

Picking up the pieces

Frank was devastated by Ida's death. He was almost left on his own as Ken was going to take a teaching job in Surrey but stayed in Weatherfield because of Frank. David had left to play football for the a London club after starting professionally with Weatherfield County FC. In October, Frank met Jim Foster, who drove the bus that hit Ida, who told him the accident was unavoidable.

In 1962, Frank got friendly with Florrie Lindley, owner of the Corner Shop. He liked talking to her but wasn't looking for someone to replace Ida at that point in time and was shocked when Florrie revealed she wanted more from the relationship. He didn't know how to handle the situation and avoided her for a while, later confessing that he only wanted companionship. Florrie was hurt but didn't let Frank know about it.

Christine Hardman says no to Frank

Later in the year Frank started seeing Christine Hardman, a neighbour young enough to be his daughter. In fact, she had gone to school with Ken. He told Ken he was serious about the relationship. Ken was ashamed at Frank, and refused to speak to him. The neighbours found the issue interesting too, and Frank and Christine found themselves victims of a lot of gossip in the street. Frank asked Christine to marry him in 1963, but she left him waiting for an answer for weeks and even met up with ex-boyfriend Joe Makinson in the intervening time. When he finished with her, she told Frank she would marry him, but she had only said yes because of the pressure she was under, and was in denial about how she really felt about Frank. She eventually told him and he was shocked but took the news well.

To take his mind off Christine, Frank gave himself another new start and resigned from the GPO to open a DIY shop. The shop was a success but Frank had trouble with the shop flat tenant Ethel Tyson, who refused to pay a rent increase and tried to put customers off the shop. Ethel brought in her brother and his son to help her out with Frank, and they started a fire in the shop. They left when Frank threatened to bring in the police.

Leaving the Street

In 1964, Frank won £5,000 on Premium Bonds, and sold his shop for £6,000. He enjoyed throwing his weight around in the street with his new-found wealth and went on to buy a detached house in Cheshire and moved there immediately, without saying goodbye to Ken.

Frank's returned twice to Weatherfield. His first visit was in 1967 when David summoned him to try and persuade Ken to pay a £5 fine for taking part in a student demo rather than go to prison for seven days. Ken refused to compromise and was subsequently imprisoned. Frank's last visit was for his daughter-in-law, Valerie Barlow's funeral in 1971.

He died at home from natural causes in 1975.


"What's up?" (First line, to Ken)

See also

External links

  • Frank Barlow at
Original characters
Ken Barlow | Frank Barlow | Ida Barlow | David Barlow | Jack Walker | Annie Walker | Elsie Tanner | Dennis Tanner | Linda Cheveski | Ivan Cheveski | Harry Hewitt | Lucille Hewitt | Concepta Riley | Ena Sharples | Minnie Caldwell | Martha Longhurst | Albert Tatlock | Christine Hardman | Florrie Lindley | Esther Hayes | Leonard Swindley

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