Salisbury – Store 273

22-30 High Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 2NS

Woolworths opened in Salisbury in the autumn of 1927.

There really isn’t any information on the history of the store on the internet. What I do know for a fact is that it stood at 22 – 30 High Street in 1972. The building doesn’t have any old-style characteristics, so they may well have traded from another smaller premises in Salisbury in the early days. But that is just speculation.

This is a photo of the High Street in the 1950s, where if Woolworths was at 22-30 High Street, it would have been somewhere to right of the Crown Hotel.

Salisbury High Street 1950

Salisbury High Street 1950

Source: Francis Frith

Here s a photo from 2006:

Salisbury Woolworths 2006

Salisbury Woolworths 2006

Source: Peter Facey [CC BY-SA 2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

Here is the store shortly before it closed in January 2009. You can see they had a refurb since 2006.

Salisbury Woolworths 2008

Salisbury Woolworths 2008

Source: Chris Talbot [CC BY-SA 2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

And today New Look trades from the building.

Salisbury New Look 2015

Salisbury New Look 2015



3 responses

  1. I have a photo from May, 2001 with the Salisbury Woolworth’s in it. Indeed, it was taken primarily because the Woolworth’s took me back to the ancient days of my youth in Macomb, Illinois, where the Woolworth’s on the courthouse square (so, essentially equivalent to a high street) closed sometime around 1980, but in 1968 I got the winter coat I wore through first grade there. One feature it has in common with the 2006 and 2008 photos is that it has a half-price sale signs prominently displayed in the front window at the far (south) end. The façade is mostly similar to that in 2006, but there are St.-George-Cross banner son poles in the holders along the bottom edge of the brick.


  2. Jackie Medhurst | Reply

    When I was a child back in the late 1940’s Woolworths was situated opposite the Poultry Cross and it later moved to the High Street in about 1958 when the original site was made into what we were led to believe was the first Woolworths Supermarket. I worked there as a Saturday girl and during holidays while still at school. The staff entrance was on The Canal with rickety stairs and a goods lift up to the stockroom. Cheese was cut and pre packed – unusual at the time, as was meat. Washing powders were stored in the cellar which was through a trap door in the shop. Fruit and veg were still weighed for customers as was delicatessen. As a Grammar School girl I was often sent to the office to help with paperwork. Unfortunately no extra pay! Looking back they employed lots of part time youngsters, on tills, filling shelves, packing cheese sealed on a hot plate, pricing etc, cheap labour I guess. On one occasion we were assembled on the roof for a fire drill and even used the extinguishers! Great memories of a happy time working with some lovely people.

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing your memories, so wonderful! 😀


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