Harlesden – Store 11

37-41 High Street, Harlesden NW10 4NH

Harlesden in North West London was the eleventh UK store and the third London store. “It opened in 1911 and closed in 1991 at the end of it’s lease. The original store was rather smaller, expanding to the below frontage in two stages in the 1920s and 1930s. The outlet took a little longer to get established than the first two London stores Brixton and Woolwich, but had built such a large clientele by the 1930s that it was doubled in size.” Source: http://www.woolworthsmuseum.co.uk/1910s-london.html


Harlesden Woolworths 1920s
Harlesden Woolworths 1920s

Woolworths shared the premises with sister company Superdrug in the 80s and moved out on 12th January 1991.

Woolworths Harlesden 1990

Woolworths Harlesden 1990

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/stuartkew/8559943624

Quote from Pat (Moss) Hurwood who was born in Harlesden in 1947 and lived there until 1963. “Further along towards the Jubilee Clock was a fishmongers that would have blocks of ice delivered about 7.30 each morning. Close to this was a wonderful Woolworths where you could spend what little pocket money you had. This shop went on fire and my brother, who was a budding photographer, sold a photo of the fire.”  Source: http://www.movethat.co.uk/London/My/Harlesden

My sister works in Harlesden now at Champion records. She said her boss always mentions there was a Woolworths in Harlesden, which I supposed must have been really important being a record company. That’s where the interest in this post stems from. We are going to take a photo of what is in the building in the near future, when we are brave enough! Apparently it is some random home store, after Superdrug moved to across the road.

Edit 04/18 – she doesn’t worth there anymore and we never took that photo!! But here is a Google Maps image, where I have worked out it is Way2Save from the curve above the windows on the right – you can see this curve in the old 1920s Woolworths photo above.


Harlesden Way2Save, 2014 Former Woolworths


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