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Ida Barlow
Occupation Cleaner
Born 16th December 1916
Died 11th September 1961
Mother Nancy Leathers
Spouse(s) Frank Barlow (1938)
Children Ken Barlow (1939)
David Barlow (1942)
First appearance 9th December 1960
Last appearance 6th September 1961
Duration 1960-1961
Played by Noel Dyson

Ida Barlow (née Leathers) was the wife of Frank Barlow and mother to Ken and David. She worked as a cleaner at the Imperial Hotel in Weatherfield but left behind a devastated family when she was hit by a bus in 1961.



Born in 1916, Ida Leathers married postman Frank Barlow on 1st May 1938. They had two sons, Ken in 1939 and David in 1942.

In 1960, Ida worked at the Imperial Hotel as a cleaner in the kitchens. Though usually supportive of Ken, who was at university and sometimes embarrassed about his working class roots, and proud of his education, Ida was displeased when Ken invited some college friends into 3 Coronation Street to make anti-Nuclear protest signs.

A caring, "saintly" woman, Ida spent most of her time cleaning the house and cooking for the family. She rarely went to the Rovers Return though Frank was a regular.

With her mother Nancy Leathers' health failing, Ida moved into her house to take care of her. Nancy later agreed to move in with the Barlows.

Ida was very close to Albert Tatlock. In September 1961, Ida went to visit Albert's daughter Beattie Pearson, but stayed out so long that Ken and Frank began to worry about her. Ken went to see Beattie, who told him Ida had never shown up. Soon they learned she'd been hit by a bus and killed.

After her death Ida was not forgotten. On his wedding day in 1962, Ken spoke to his father about her, after finding him looking at photos of her. Her first grand-daughter, Susan Ida Barlow, was partially named after her.

Background information

  • The mother of the Barlow family, Ida was one of Coronation Street's original characters and the first to leave after the programme's beginning in 1960.
  • Ida's funeral episode was the most watched episode of Coronation Street up to that point, with 15.6 million viewers.


"Sauce, Kenneth?" (First line)

See also

External links

  • Ida 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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