Bray Woolworths – Store 801

10-12 Main Street, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland In 1953 Woolworths opened their 15th Irish store in the seaside town of Bray. Source: Greystones Guide From Woolworths History & Pictures, this is a staff photo from Staff 1969 after the extension and modernisation of their store. Mr C Callaghan is sat in the centre of the…

London Victoria Woolworths – Store 800

19-31 Wilton Road, Victoria, London SW1V 1LN The 800th Woolworths store opened in London Victoria in September 1953. It opened in Parnell House, next to the Apollo Theatre opposite Victoria Station. Source: Woolworths Museum Thanks to Woolworths History & Pictures we know it opened with 11,910 square feet of sales space. It was extended in…

Borehamwood Woolworths – Store 799

116-118 Shenley Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire WD6 1EF Woolworths in Borehamwood was opened in 1953 on the corner of Cardinal Avenue and Shenley Road, before moving across the road. Thanks to the Elstree & Boreham Wood Museum we know the store was previously occupied by BBE Evans. The below photo from 1958 shows after the first…

Debden Estate Woolworths – Store 798

35-37 The Broadway, Debden Estate, Loughton, Essex IG10 3SX Woolworths opened in Debden Estate in 1953. It was part of a long parade of shops on The Broadway. There were flats above the store that were offered to staff at low rent. Originally a small store, it did so well that it was extended and…

St Paul’s Cray Woolworths – Store 797

60 Cotmandene Crescent, St Paul’s Cray, Kent BR5 2RG Woolworths opened in St Paul’s Cray, Kent, in 1953, opened by manager Charles Barkley. His daughter Carole shared his story on the Woolworths History and Photos group: “My father started in Slough as a Floorwalker – the manager was a Mr Garry. After the war I…

Newhaven Woolworths – Store 796

14 High Street, Newhaven, East Sussex, BN9 9PE Woolworths opened in Newhaven in 1953. This is a photo of the store under construction. Source: Our Newhaven Source: Our Newhaven Source: Our Newhaven The store traded at Newhaven for 55 years before closing in January 2009. Alworths opened in this building, then closed. Today Poundstretcher is…

Totton Woolworths – Store 795

11 Rumbridge Street, Totton, Southampton, Hants Woolworths opened in Totton, Southampton in 1953, originally a small store on Rumbridge Street. Source: Thomas, I “Here we have Staff of the Store from 1965… just a couple of years later the Woolworth Store had relocated..The Manager in the Photo is Mr G Ace.” Source: Avery, K Source:…

Liverpool (Park Road) – Store 794

191-199 Park Road, Liverpool L8 6SQ A post-war Liverpool store, this Woolworths opened in 1953, and closed before 1995 as it’s not on that store list. You can recognise it was a Woolworths store, although the windows have been bricked up. It was a Kwik-Save for a while. Source: Mayer, P. Today there’s a carpet…

Ormskirk Woolworths – Store 793

7-9 Burscough Street, Ormskirk, Lancashire Woolworths opened in Ormskirk in 1953, originally a small store on Burscough Street. Source: Ormskirk Bygone Times Around 1962 they moved to bigger premised. The original building is a bookies now. Interestingly red like Woolworths. 6-8 Aughton Street, Ormskirk, Lancashire L39 3BR The new store was built on the site…

Wymondham Woolworths – Store 792

26-28 Town Green, Wymondham, NR18 0PW Woolworths opened in Wymondham in 1953. Originally in a small unit on Town Green. Source: Historic England Extract from Diss Mercury by Philip Yaxley: “Back in the early months of 1953, there was a buzz about Wymondham. Practically, the only topic of conversation, apart from perhaps the Coronation festivities…

South Clifton Woolworths – Store 791

16 – 18 Princess Victoria Street, South Clifton, Bristol BS8 4BP Woolworths opened in South Clifton in 1953. It was on Princess Victoria Street. It’s a mystery one as there are no photos of the building as a Woolworths. It closed before 1995 as it’s not on that store list. Today Harvey Jones and Farrow…

Warwick Woolworths – Store 790

36-38 Market Street, Warwick, Warwickshire CV34 4DL Woolworths opened in Warwick in 1953. This is a very short blog post because after searching for hours, there really are no old photos of Warwick Woolworths. Just a few from when it was closing. It traded for 55 years, closing in December 2008. Source: Ousbey, G. Today…

Stowmarket Woolworths – Store 789

26-30 Market Place, Stowmarket, SuffolkIP14 1DJ Woolworths opened in Stowmarket in 1952. The building they were in was formerly a coaching inn, and then a family business called Turner & Co. The store was modernised, as you can see in the photo below. Source: Francis Frith The store lasted until the end, closing in December…

Southmead Woolworths – Store 788

11-13 Arnside Road, Southmead, Bristol BS10 6AT Woolworths opened in Southmead, a suburb of Bristol, in 1952. Source: Woolworths History and Photos They traded here for 37 years, closing on 21st January 1989. Today you’ll find an Iceland here. Source: Ballysundriven

Bletchley Woolworths – Store 787

180 Queensway, Bletchley, Bucks MK2 2SW Woolworths opened in Bletchley in 1952. This is an extract from Bletchley Pioneers, Planning and Progress: “On July 26th 1952, Bletchley District Gazette announced, ‘ Woolworths coming’. Captain Hubert Faulkner M.B.E negotiated the sale of a site for the store. In the early days it was situated in a…

Thorne Woolworths – Store 786

2 King Street, Thorne, South Yorkshire DN8 5BA Woolworths opened in the market town in Thorne in Yorkshire in 1952. It took over an old shop, and modernised the building in the 60s to look like it does in the below photograph. Source: They traded here for 56 years, closing in January 2009. Source: loose_grip_99…

Lymington Woolworths – Store 785

78-80 High Street, Lymington, HampshireSO41 9ZX Woolworths opened in the port town of Lymington, Hampshire, in 1952. This photo is from the day it opened. The premises used to be a shop called C.S.Barrow. At some point the building was modernised and you can see it looks completely different from the opening day. Source: Austin,…

Swanage Woolworths – Store 784

26 Station Road, Swanage, Dorset BH19 1AG Woolworths opened in Swanage in 1952 in a former garage. You can see it pictured on the left in the below photograph. To save on costs after the war, new Woolworths stores were often opened in converted buildings, rather than being purpose-built. Source: Avery, K. Swanage is a…

Forfar Woolworths – Store 783

17-21 Castle Street, Forfar, Angus DD8 3AE Woolworths opened in Forfar, Scotland, in 1952. The building is Grade C Listed. They traded here for 56 years, closing in December 2008. Source: Burgess, A. It became an Alworths, which was a chain of 18 retail stores created in 2009 out of some of the former stores…

Atherton Woolworths – Store 782

116 – 118 Market Street, Atherton, Manchester Woolworths opened in Atherton in 1952 in a former billiards hall. Unfortunately there are no photos of the building as a Woolworths. It was only open for 2 or 3 decades, as it’s not listed on the 1995 store list. A Kwik Save opened afterwards. In this 1984…