Burslem – Store 371

17-19 St John’s Square, Burslem, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire ST6 3AN

Woolworths opened in Burslem in September 1929 in a purpose-built two-storey building. According to the book Burslem Through Time by Mervyn Edwards, the first store manager was L.H. Hewitt. This branch of Woolworths stocked a range of locally manufactured china and pottery items.

Burslem Woolworths 1930s

Burslem Woolworths 1930s

Source: Historic England

In 1966 the store was modernised – this photo was taken just after the store reopened. Doors were moved to the left, and inside you can see signage on the walls saying ‘Quality Foods’ and ‘Frozen Foods’. The store was quite long inside.

Burslem Woolworths 1966

Burslem Woolworths 1966

Source: Seaton, P.

Burslem Woolworths 1994

Burslem Woolworths 1994

Source: Burslem Through Time – Edwards, M.

Burslem Woolworths 2000

Burslem Woolworths 2000

Source: The Potteries

The store lasted until the end, closing on 2nd January 2009.

Burslem Woolworths 2008

Burslem Woolworths 2008

Source: The Potteries

It became a Poundstretcher for a few years, then it was vacant. Today it is ‘Quality Bazaar’ but a planning application has been put in to change the use into a restaurant.

Burslem Former Woolworths

Burslem Former Woolworths

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