Ilkeston – Store 141

102 Bath Street, Ilkeston, Derbyshire DE7 8HA

Woolworths opened in Ilkeston in 1923. In the 1930s the store had an update with an Art Deco facade added.

Ilkeston Woolworths 1965

Ilkeston Woolworths 1965

Source: Francis Frith

Ilkeston Woolworths 1999

Ilkeston Woolworths 1999

This Woolworths store was one of the few that kept it’s original 1930s features – the bronze window and door surrounds, the curved glass, the detailing above the door. Though the upper floor windows had been covered up.

Ilkeston Woolworths Doorway Detail 1999

Ilkeston Woolworths Doorway Detail 1999

Source: Historic England

Ilkeston Woolworths 2005

Ilkeston Woolworths 2005

Source: Ilkeston Town Walk

Ilkeston Woolworths 2007

Ilkeston Woolworths 2007

Source: Flickr

On the inside of the store, the floor had not been updated since the 1950s/60s.

Ilkeston Woolworths 2008 - the floor

Ilkeston Woolworths 2008 – the floor

Source: Flickr

After closure in December 2008, the building lay empty for many years. But recently The Project have restored the building, keeping the original Woolworths art deco detailing. This is a wonderful thing, and worth taking a visit to Ilkeston to see – you can even have a coffee there.

Ilkeston Former Woolworths - The Project

Ilkeston Former Woolworths – The Project

Source: The Project

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One response

  1. Amazing, I walked past the building today on my way up to the top of the High Street, I hadn’t been that way since about 1995 when I was a shopfitter and we worked on a re vamp of the shop floor, incidentally my Dad Peter Pepper wasstore manager of the Listergate branch in Nottingham from about 1974 to 1979 and I would love to hear from anyone who remembers those days!

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