Monthly Archives: May, 2017

Marlow – Store 563

5 Market Street, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 3HH

This Woolworths store opened in part of the Crown Hotel on Market Square, Marlow around 1935. The building was formerly the town hall dating back from 1807. Here is a postcard of the whole building when it was the Crown Hotel in 1913.

Marlow Market Square Pre-Woolworths 1913

Marlow Market Square 1913

Source:  Postcards Then and Now

And here you can see the side that became Woolworths, this was in the 1950s.

Marlow Woolworths 1950s

Marlow Woolworths 1950s

Source: SWOP

Relatively unchanged in the 1970s.

Marlow Woolworths 1970s

Marlow Woolworths 1970s

Source: SWOP

Marlow Woolworths 1973

Marlow Woolworths 1973

Source: SWOP

I think the store closed in the 1980s when the company closed a lot of stores to cut costs, and since then it has been a Boots store. Here it is today.

Marlow Boots 2017

Source: RightMove

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High Wycombe – Store 214

5-6 Queens Square, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

In 1926 Woolworths opened on Queens Square in High Wycombe, and I think it was a long store that went through to Priory Road with another entrance there (where Primark is today).

High Wycombe Woolworths 1926

High Wycombe Woolworths 1926

Source: Woolworths 100 Years on the High Street, Kathryn A Morrison

Here you can see the store on the right side of the photo on Queens Square, looking towards Frogmoor.

High Wycombe Woolworths 1932

High Wycombe Woolworths 1932

Source: SWOP – Sharing High Wycombe’s Old Photographs

High Wycombe Woolworths 1933

High Wycombe Woolworths 1933

Source: SWOP – Sharing High Wycombe’s Old Photographs

Here is the Priory Road entrance on the far left of the photo, decorated for the Silver Jubilee of King George V. – this is the junction with Church Street.

High Wycombe Woolworths 1935

High Wycombe Woolworths 1935

Source: SWOP – Sharing High Wycombe’s Old Photographs

A 1940s view:

High Wycombe Woolworths 1948

High Wycombe Woolworths 1948

Source: SWOP – Sharing High Wycombe’s Old Photographs

The store in 1971 just before moving to its new location on the High Street.

High Wycombe Woolworths 1971

High Wycombe Woolworths 1971

Source: SWOP – Sharing High Wycombe’s Old Photographs

Recently it has been a YMCA chariity shop and sometime it was a First Choice Travel Agents. At the Priory Street side, this has become part of Primark I think.

High Wycombe Former Woolworths - YMCA Queens Square

High Wycombe Former Woolworths – YMCA Queens Square

And here is it today – let’s hope something nice moves in :/

Former Woolworths - Letting Unit 25, The Chilterns Centre, 5-6 Queens Square, High Wycombe

Former Woolworths – Letting Unit 25, The Chilterns Centre, 5-6 Queens Square, High Wycombe 2017

Source: Realla Property Search Engine

9-10 High Street, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire HP11 2BT

In 1969 Woolworths bought the site of the Red Lion Hotel, keeping the famous Red Lion statue. The hotel was demolished and a new store built behind arches. Offices were also built on upper floors as Woolworths were trying to generate extra revenue by letting out this space. Below you can see the store just after it reopened.

High Wycombe Woolworths 1970s

High Wycombe Woolworths 1970s

Source: SWOP – Sharing High Wycombe’s Old Photographs

High Wycombe Woolworths 1981

High Wycombe Woolworths 1981

Source: SWOP – Sharing High Wycombe’s Old Photographs

Originally the store was arranged over 2 floors with two entrances, one fronting the High Street and the other Castle Street – it was a very large store. They then closed the Castle Street entrance. Below you can see a view of the former rear entrance (formerly the site of the Odeon Cinema) on Castle Street.

High Wycombe Woolworths 1987/88

High Wycombe Woolworths – former rear entrance 1987/88

Source: SWOP – Sharing High Wycombe’s Old Photographs

In 1984, High Wycombe Woolworths was one of nine stores that tested out the concept ‘Electronics World’ – trying to link Comet and Woolworths, but this was abandoned in 1987.

High Wycombe Woolworths 2008

High Wycombe Woolworths 2008

In the 2000s, High Wycombe Woolworths was a 10/10 store and had a cafe. It was also the store where the head office team would test out promotions before they went live.

High Wycombe Woolworths 2008

High Wycombe Woolworths 2008

Today the building has been split into two, one side is Iceland, the other is Poundworld. The hotel’s iconic red lion statue, a major High Wycombe landmark, still stands on the colonnade outside the store.

High Wycombe Iceland Poundworld 2017

High Wycombe Former Woolworths 2016

High Wycombe WW Iceland Poundworld 2017

High Wycombe Iceland and Poundworld 2017

High Wycombe Poundworld - Red Lion Statue 2017

High Wycombe Poundworld – Red Lion Statue 2017

Swansea – Store 14 / 135

Store 14:
239-242 High Street, Swansea, West Glamorgan SA1 1PL

The FIRST Welsh store to join the chain, this store opened in 1912 on Castle Street.

Swansea Woolworths 1912

Swansea Woolworths 1912

Source: Woolworths Museum

Swansea Woolworths 1927

Swansea Woolworths 1927

Source: Francis Frith

The store was so successful that they bought out the neighbouring Hotel Cameron premises in 1927 and moved there in 1928. The original premises vanished in a junction improvement scheme.

Swansea Woolworths 1930s

Swansea Woolworths 1930s

Source: Swansea Recalled

The building was demolished down to the first floor after being bombed in the Blitz.

Swansea Woolworths 1940s

Swansea Woolworths 1940s

Source: Swansea Recalled

It was then used up to the first store, without the use of the old upper floor offices which had proved difficult to sub-let in the Great Depression anyway. Here is how it looked in 1949. The Cafeteria signage was the same, but the 3d and 6d lettering was dropped.

Swansea Woolworths 1949

Swansea Woolworths 1949

Source: Woolworths 100 Years on the High Street, Kathryn A Morrison

1n 1958-59, the store was rebuilt in a 60s style, as you can see in the photo below, opening on 16th November 1959. This is the building that Swansea locals will recognise as Argos today. On 28th June 1986 the store closed as part of cost-cutting back in the 1980s, and sold to Argos. Understandable as there was another Woolworths store just 5 minutes walk away from this site.

Swansea Woolworths 1959

Swansea Woolworths 1959

Source: Woolworths 100 Years on the High Street, Kathryn A Morrison

Here is it as Argos today.

Swansea Woolworths-Argos-2017

Swansea Woolworths-Argos-2017

Store 135 :
242-246 Oxford Street, Swansea, West Glamorgan SA1 3BA

Meanwhile over at Oxford Street in Swansea, a Woolworths store opened in 1923.

Swansea Woolworths 2008

Swansea Woolworths 2008

I actually can’t find any information at all about this particular store, or how it looked between 1923 and 2008. This building is now Poundland.

Swansea Poundland 2017

Swansea Poundland 2017

If you have any old photos of the Oxford Street store that you don’t mind sharing, do let me know in the comments.