In April and May 2023, to mark the coronation of King Charles III and to celebrate ten years since our own formation in 2013, Create Streets invited nominations and votes for Britain’s best street as our Coronation Streets competition. This echoed one of very first projects, our Favourite Street Survey in February 2014.
Which of Britain’s many streets was the most beautiful, we asked. Which has the strongest neighbourhood or community? Which is most resonant with emotional or historic meaning? Which provides the best setting for connected and sociably lives well lived? Where do you like to go?
This seemed a fitting way to mark the King’s coronation whose support for the creation and sustainable stewardship of beautiful streets and places is nationally and internationally significant and certainly needs no introduction.
In total we received 1,406 votes and nominations for Britain’s best street. In clear first place, with 28 per cent of the total vote, was Vicars’ Close in Wells, Somerset. To celebrate we have used the AI and CGI Gods of the metaverse to send a virtual King Charles III to tea in Vicars’ Close.
For a more in depth look at the other nominations, process and results you can read our short report here.