Brixton – Store 7 / 2020

415-417 BRIXTON ROAD,  LONDON SW9 8HJ

Brixton was the first London store! Number 7 of the group, Frank Woolworth decided to open it at 415-417 Brixton Road, as Brixton was an affluent part of London (yes really) where society ladies liked to shop apparently. It did really well there, catching commuters on the way to the railway station . It’s now the O2 store surrounded by many other phone shops, all quite new as this was the Foot Locker store that got set on fire in the summer of 2011 when the kids went all crazy. A bit of history repeating itself as this Woolworths store got bombed during WW1.

 THEN – 1910

The orginal Brixton Woolworths 1910

The orginal Brixton Woolworths 1910

Source: http://www.woolworthsmuseum.co.uk/1910s-london.html

 NOW – 2014

O2 store - Brixton 2014

O2 store – Brixton 2014

Source: http://www.192.com

457-461 BRIXTON ROAD,  LONDON SW9 8HJ

As the lease at 415-417 was to run out after 25 years, the store was relocated to the other end of the street on 3rd September 1936 to 457-461 Brixton Road,where an iconic Art Deco building was created and still stands there today – minus Woolworth sign 😦

 THEN – 1936

THEN - 1936

The new Art Deco Woolworths building in Brixton – 1936

 

1970s

Woolworths Brixton in the 70s

Woolworths Brixton in the 70s

Source: http://www.100thbirthday.co.uk/images/StoreGallery/pages/0007Brixton-1972.htm

2003

Woolworths 'general store' - Brixton 2003

Woolworths ‘general store’ – Brixton 2003

Source for 2003 and 2008 pic:  http://www.urban75.org/london/goodbye-woolworths-brixton.html

2008

Woolworths Brixton before it closed - 2008

Woolworths Brixton before it closed – 2008

2014

Brixton building - now EE and H&M - 2014

Brixton building – now EE and H&M – 2014

Source: http://www.192.com

 

Sources:

http://www.woolworthsmuseum.co.uk/1910s-london.html

http://www.urban75.org/london/goodbye-woolworths-brixton.html

http://www.100thbirthday.co.uk/images/StoreGallery/pages/0007Brixton-1972.htm

 

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6 responses

  1. I love the idea of this site.
    Don’t sound so surprised about the being an affluent part of town, don’t forget we have the beautiful Bon Marche building and Morleys department store building just across the road from Store 7 🙂

    I hope they rejuvenate more of the original shop frontage on the high street… When I look up I find the buildings so beautiful!

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    1. Hi brixhousewife, thanks for liking this. You are my first comment – exciting! I was being tongue in cheek with my ‘yes really’, i lived in brixton for 4 years and the buildings really are beautiful when you look up. I always walked around imagining what it was like in the 20s!

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      1. Lol!!! Sorry I suppose I get a little defensive of Brickie lol!!!

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      2. Lol!!! Sorry I suppose I get a little defensive of Brickie lol!!!

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  2. Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an really long comment but
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