Whitechapel – Store 346

102 – 105 High Street, Whitechapel, London E1 7PW

Woolworths opened in 1928 in Whitechapel, East London, on the corner of Whtechapel High Street and Commercial Street, at numbers 102 – 105. It was in a building that has a long history – you can read more about it here. Venables furnishers/drapers went out of business in 1928, which was when Woolworths acquired the building. The building was altered to make that canted corner you can see in the photo below, and there were further building alterations in 1939. The building was severely damaged in WW2, but whereas nearby store 337 was abandoned, this one was repaired between 1948 – 1951. In 1955 the frontage was reinstated and the upper floors rebuilt.

Whitechapel Woolworths 1956

Whitechapel Woolworths 1956

Source: The London Picture Archive

In 1954 Woolworths had put their lease for sale as they wanted to build a new store across the road at numbers 115-118.  After they moved it became a shoe shop, then a knitting shop, and more recently a sports shop. Today it is Sports Direct.

Whitechapel Former Woolworths

Whitechapel Former Woolworths

115 – 118 High Street, Whitechapel, London E1 7PW

Woolworths moved into their new purpose-built store in 1960. It was literally next to the entrance of Aldgate East tube station.

Whitechapel Woolworths 1960

Whitechapel Woolworths 1960

Source: Historic England

But just a couple of decades later they closed, presumably part of the 1980s Kingfisher closures. Very recently the whole site was redeveloped into a high-rise building, I think its an office? The only clue to this being the site of the old Woolworths is the Aldgate East tube station entrance.

Whitechapel Former Woolworths

Whitechapel Former Woolworths

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