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Dundee – Store 174

48 – 60 Murraygate, Dundee, Angus DD1 2BD

Woolworths opened in Dundee up in Scotland in November 1924. Initial plans were to face this building in cream-coloured terracotta but the plans were abandoned.

Dundee Woolworths 1924

Dundee Woolworths 1924

Source: Historic England

In the 1939 the building was updated to become a three-storey one with a faience front.

“I can remember Woolies in the 60s when they still had the original old wooden counters, but around the beginning of the 70s the store was modernised and got itself some new open plan style rack shelving.

One of the relics from the old store they kept going, however, was the huge weighing machine tucked away in the corner beside the photo booth. A big red & silver thing it was, a penny a go.

Another memory from the 70s I always associate with Woolies were the budget priced “Top Of The Pops” albums with glamour girls on the LP covers. 12 chart hits for 60p or something. For that price though you didn’t get the original artists, oh no, these were 2nd rate rogues imitating our favourite pop groups. The work of session musicians in fact, and they were mince!

Oh yes, and get this, I was once thrown out of Woolies when aged around 12/13. I was in the Murraygate store just having a look around, probably been there for 15/20 minutes, when this frumpy middle-aged wifie (the floor-walker) came over to me and escorted me to the door. Was I stealing? No. Causing a scene with a shop assistant? Nope. My crime, she told me on the way out, was “being in the shop too long”. What the…??!!!”

Source: Retro Dundee

Dundee Woolworths 1980s

Dundee Woolworths 1980s

Source: Pinterest

“‘We’ll cut through Woolies,’ was a welcome statement by my mum, coming at the end of a joyless eternity of staring at rolls of fabric in Smith and Horner’s.

I don’t think sometimes we even stopped in Woolies as we ‘cut through’ on our way to the bus – in the Murraygate entrance, through the shop, up the wee stair and out the back door into the court, then through the pend to Albert Square.”

Memory from Neale E.

The store closed in March 1984 and John Menzies moved in. They were bought by WHSmith in 1998 and I assume that is when this store closed and became a Tesco on the ground floor with JJB Sports on the upper floors.

Dundee Former Woolworths - John Menzies

Dundee Former Woolworths – John Menzies (1987)

Source: Retro Dundee

Today Tesco Metro operates from this building, but if you look up you can see the 1930s Woolworths architecture. The JJB Sports floors are To Let in this photo, but today Intersports trades from here.

Dundee Former Woolworths - Tesco Metro

Dundee Former Woolworths – Tesco Metro

Source: Ballysundriven

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Eastbourne – Store 172

97-101 Terminus Road, Eastbourne, Sussex

In the 1920s, Woolworth’s headquarters in London would receive nomination letters every day, suggesting a town where the chain should open. One of those towns was Eastbourne, for which the architects created a rather grand design. The store opened in 1924 on Terminus Road.

Eastbourne Woolworths 1924

Eastbourne Woolworths, Terminus Road, 1924

Source: Woolworthsmuseum.co.uk

This photo was taken in the 1950s – we can tell by the number plate on the bus. In 1955, a second Woolworths store opened in Eastbourne in the old Regal Cinema building at 143 Seaside (Store 849)  – I’ll cover that store in a separate blog post.

Eastbourne Woolworths, Terminus Road, 1950s

Eastbourne Woolworths, Terminus Road, 1950s

Source: Godfrey G., Flickr

According to locals on The History of Eastbourne Facebook page, the back doors opened up on to Tideswell Road. There used to be an alley that ran along the left side of the store to this road. In 1980, the Arndale Shopping centre was built behind the shops on Terminus Road, and the back of the Woolworths store was knocked through to the new shopping centre.

Eastbourne Woolworths is not on the 2008 store list, so it closed before the company went into administration.

Today the building is occupied by Poundland at 97-99, and Thomas Cook is at 101.

Eastbourne Poundland 2011

Eastbourne Poundland and Thomas Cook, Terminus Road, 2011

Source: Fawcett Mead

Boston – Store 167

22 Strait Bargate, Boston, Lincs

Woolworths opened in the small market town of Boston in 1924. Unfortunately I cannot find any old photos of the store, just this photo from when the store was closing in December 2008.

Former employee Matt Fox started his retail career at this store and he remembers it having a huge shopfloor with an even bigger warehouse and back of house area. The turnover was £5 – £6 million a year, this was in the 90s – 2000s. The store was in a great location, right in the centre of the town centre.

Boston Woolworths 2008

Boston Woolworths 2008

Source: Croft R.

The store became a branch of QD stores, but this has since closed.

Boston Former Woolworths - QD Stores

Boston Former Woolworths – QD Stores

Today Poundstretcher is in the building with a Pet Hut inside.

Boston Former Woolworths - Poundstretcher

Boston Former Woolworths – Poundstretcher

 

Chester – Store 163

37 – 43 Eastgate, Chester, CH1 1LL

Woolworths opened in the historic city of Chester, near Liverpool, in 1924. They took over a genuine timber-framed building.

Chester Woolworths 1960s

Chester Woolworths 1960s

In 1961 an extension was made to the right in half-timbered English oak. The sales floor was linked at the back of House of Bewley and Kardomah.

Chester Woolworth 1961

Chester Woolworth 1961

The store had a mezzanine cafeteria that had a glass screen bearing the city’s coat of arms. The cafeteria gave direct access to the city walls and offered a view over the cathedral gardens.

Chester Woolworths 1970s

Chester Woolworths 1970s

Source: Chester Chronicle

Chester Woolworths 1970s

Chester Woolworths 1970s

Source: Woolworth Museum

The store closed sometime in the 1970s or 80s. Today Next and New Look are in the buildings.

Chester Former Woolworths - Next and New Look

Chester Former Woolworths – Next and New Look

Woolworths came back to Chester in the 2000s on Foregate Street, as store 1237. This was the one that closed in December 2008, becoming  Primark.

 

Burnley – Store 160

104 – 110 St James Street, Burnley, Lancashire BB11 1PA (No.33 from 1977)

The 160th Woolworths store opened in Burnley on 12th July 1924 at 104 St James Street.

Burnley Woolworths 1924

Burnley Woolworths 1924

Source: Woolworth Museum

Burnley Woolworths

Burnley Woolworths

Source: Wade R.

The store was extended three times, firstly on 1st May 1927, then on 9th November 1935 and finally 17th November 1958, taking over the neighbouring Victoria Theatre to extend to 104-110 St James Street.

Burnley Woolworths Early 1950s

Burnley Woolworths Early 1950s

The buildings on St James Street and the Victoria were demolished in 1955 (the buildings to the right of Woolworths in the above photo). Woolworths extended their premises on to the site of The Vic’s entrance. They stayed here until 1977. This building became a JJB Sports shop but today it is a DW Sports Store.

Burnley FormerWoolworths - DW Sports Stores

Burnley Former Woolworths – DW Sports Stores

On 25th May 1977 Woolworths relocated along the road to a new-build precinct store at 33 St James Street, now known as Unit 2 of the Charter Walk Shopping Centre.

Burnley Woolworths 1977

Burnley Woolworths 1977

Source: Jay D.

Burnley Woolworths 1970s-80s

Burnley Woolworths 1970s-80s

Source: Wade R.

The store was converted to the comparison format on 27th March 1987 and reduced in size on 18th November 1991.

In 2004 it was modernised and converted to the latest 10/10 format.

Burnley Woolworths 2008

Burnley Woolworths 2008

Source: Kapp A

Finally in December 2008 the store closed down. After Woolworths closed, the building was occupied by the 99p Store, until Poundland bought the company. Today Wilkos is in the building, relocating from their previous premises on Curzon Square.

Burnley Former Woolworths - Wilko

Burnley Former Woolworths – Wilko

Source: Google Street View

 

 

 

Carlisle – Store 159

98 – 104 English Street, Carlisle, Cumberland CA3 8NE

Woolworths opened in Carlisle in 1924, though the location of this first store is unknown. In 1933 they relocated to English Street. The old workhouse had been sold to Woolworths, Burtons and two other retailers on a 99 year lease, and together they designed this building that was made of red sandstone. The corner store was Burton, and Woolworth was on its left. Later the store was extended to Victoria Viaduct, creating an L-shaped store.

Carlisle Woolworths 1999

Carlisle Woolworths 1999

Carlisle Woolworths 2005

Carlisle Woolworths 2005

Source: Emily and James

The building had ‘Woolworth Buildings’ engraved at the top. Carlisle was the district/area office, so I’m assuming this was why. According to a former employee, Carlisle store had the scariest area manager ever!

Carlisle Woolworths 2008

Carlisle Woolworths 2008

Source: Heritage and History

The store closed in December 2008, and it became a B&M store.

Carlisle Former Woolworths - B&M

Carlisle Former Woolworths – B&M

Source: Stopford A

The great thing is that if you look above the B&M store, you will see Woolworth Buildings still there – a lovely homage to the company.

Carlisle 'Woolworth Buildings'

Carlisle ‘Woolworth Buildings’

Source: Maljoe

Douglas, Isle of Man – Store 158

32 – 36 Strand Street, Douglas, Isle of Man IM1 2EG

Woolworths opened in the capital of the Isle of Man – Douglas – in 1924. 10 years later, the store was extended and had an Art Deco makeover with a facade made of stone.

Douglas Isle of Man Woolworths 2002

Douglas Isle of Man Woolworths 2002

I found this memory from 1946 online:

“At the Woolworth’s store in Douglas, Isle of Man, I can remember being lifted up to see the button counter and choosing buttons for a dress my mother was making for me. It was 1946 and I was four years old at the time. I think I asked to see the buttons every time we went there. I vividly remember the bright colours” Ruth Wyllie – Extract from The Wonder of Woolies: Memories from both sides of the counter by Derek Phillips

The store had a basement, a ground floor and 2 upper floors. Former store manager Peter Taylor remembers it being a great place to work with a great team.

Douglas, Isle of Man Woolworths 2008

Douglas, Isle of Man Woolworths 2008

Source: Culture Vannin

This was how the store looked inside on the last day of trading. It closed in December 2008.

Douglas, Isle of Man Woolworths Inside 2008

Douglas, Isle of Man Woolworths Inside 2008

Source: Culture Vannin

Douglas, Isle of Man Woolworths 2011

Douglas, Isle of Man Woolworths 2011

Source: Hoare R.

Today you will find Dealz in the building – this is Poundland for the Isle of Man, but as everything is priced at £1.20, they had to give the store a different name. The Art Deco facade is still there, so take a look at this grand building if you are ever in Douglas.

Douglas, Isle of Man Former Woolworths - Dealz

Douglas, Isle of Man Former Woolworths – Dealz

Source: Lindley Mortimer

Bargoed – Store 153

5 – 6 High Street, Bargoed, Glam CF8 8YJ

Woolworths opened in the Welsh town of Bargoed in 1923. The High Street is on a hill, so although from the front it looks as though it was a single storey store, it did in fact have two lower floors, and there is an upper floor peeking behind the frontage. I’m guessing this was a 1950s/60s building from the rectangular look.

Bargoed Woolworth 2009

Bargoed Woolworth 2009

Source: Ballysundriven

The store closed when the chain went bust in December 2008. The building lay empty for a few years, and then in 2011 The Original Factory Shop moved into the upper floor. The lower floors were converted into council offices.

Bargoed Former Woolworths - The Original Factory Shop

Bargoed Former Woolworths – The Original Factory Shop

Sadly it has recently been announced this July 2018 that The Original Factory Store would be closing many of their branches due to poor trading, so this building will be empty again.

Birkenhead – Store 152

220a Grange Road, Birkenhead, Cheshire L41 6EQ

Woolworths opened in Birkenhead in 1923. Although there are no early photos online, you can tell from this photo that this facade probably dates from the 1930s with it’s Art Deco design.

Birkenhead Woolworths 2008

Birkenhead Woolworths 2008

Source: Tiger

It was a store where there were reportings of ghosts being seen in the basement, where there was a crypt. Spooky.

This photo shows the inside of the store on the closing day.

Birkenhead Woolworths The Last Day 2008

Birkenhead Woolworths The Last Day 2008

Source: Wooley J.

And this is the last staff photograph. Thank you to Julie for sharing these.

Birkenhead Woolworths Staff Photo 2008

Birkenhead Woolworths Staff Photo 2008

Source: Wooley J.

Primark was already next door. When Woolworths closed in December 2008, they extended into this space creating a mega superstore Primark. They covered up the windows on the upper floors too – it looks like they have been painted over.

Birkenhead Former Woolworths - Primark

Birkenhead Former Woolworths – Primark

Source: Mayer P

Still, next time you are shopping at Primark in Birkenhead, take a look up and admire the Woolies Art Deco facade (minus windows!).

Exeter – Store 151

190/191 High Street, Exeter, Devon EX4 3DX

Woolworths first opened in Exeter on 1st December 1923 on Fore Street, in former tobacconist building H C Lloyd & Son Ltd.

In 1934 they moved on to the High Street, purchasing 190 and 191, which were Garton & King and Pinder & Tuckwell. The two buildings were put together with an impressive Monks Park Stonework facade, installed by the Bath and Portland Stone Firms Ltd, which you can see below.

Exeter Woolworths 1930s

Exeter Woolworths 1930s

Source: Exeter Memories

In 1976 they moved out of this building into the then new shopping centre. Today this building is occupied by McDonalds and MenKind.

Exeter McDonalds Menkind 2013

Exeter McDonalds Menkind 2013

Source: Exeter Express and Echo

Unit 100, Guildhall Shopping Centre, Exeter, Devon EX4 3DX

The new Guildhall Shopping Centre was built in the 1970s, and Woolworths moved into a 2-storey unit in 1976. Their site was on the North Street side, with entrances on Waterbeer Street and Trickhay Street. There was a cafe on the top floor, with a third entrance/exit which led to the first floor of the shopping centre.

Exeter Woolworths 2008

Exeter Woolworths 2008

Source: Exeter Memories

The store closed in December 2008. Soon afterwards, Wilko took over the building, where it is still trading today. This is a view from inside the shopping centre.

Exeter Wilko 2015

Exeter Wilko 2015

Source: 192.com

 

Burton-on-Trent – Store 147

154 – 155 High Street, Burton-on-Trent, Staffs

Woolworths opened in Burton-on-Trent in 1923, taking over the building of Pearson’s the tailor at number 154 High Street. The store did so well that they extended to number 155 the following year. There are no photos of the original store, this earliest photo I can find is this photo from when the store had a makeover in the 1970s. It wasn’t the prettiest of building, but it looked large and functional with a lot of entrance doors.

Burton-on-Trent Woolworths 1970s

Burton-on-Trent Woolworths 1970s

Source: Historic England

On 21st November 1983, the store relocated to the Coopers Square, leaving the High Street building empty for a decade.

Burton-on-Trent Former Woolworths 1993

Burton-on-Trent Former Woolworths 1993

Source: Soult G

In more recent years the building is now occupied by pubs, with a makeover on the upper floors that is more pleasing to the eye.

Burton-on-Trent Former Woolworths

Burton-on-Trent Former Woolworths

Source: Ballysundriven

Meanwhile over on Coopers Square, the store was inside a shopping centre until the end in December 2008. Again I suspect this was a 10/10 trial store from the red flooring at the entrance and the large red fascia.

Burton-on-Trent Woolworths 2008

Burton-on-Trent Woolworths 2008

Source: Alamy

Today it is B&M bargains, and they have kept the Woolworths doors.

Burton-on-Trent Former Woolworths - B&M

B&M Bargains, Coopers Square

Source: Loc8nearme

Birmingham Aston – Store 137

95 Aston Road North, Birmingham B6 4DA

Woolworths opened a third Birmingham store on Aston Road North, on the corner of Burlington Street, in 1923. It was near the Aston Hippodrome. The other stores were Store 103 and Store 266.

Birmingam Aston Woolworths 1950s

Birmingam Aston Woolworths 1950s

There are not many photos of the store. The Aston Hippodrome closed in the 1980s and became ‘The Drum’. We can guess the Woolworths store closed in the 1980s. Today it looks like this:

Birmingham Aston Woolworths 1950s

Birmingham Aston Woolworths 1950s

Source: Birmingham Post

East Ham – Store 127

72/76 High Street North, East Ham London E6 2JL

Originally Woolworths opened in East Ham in the 1920s at 193 High Street. It can be seen in this photo opposite the Palace Theatre.

East Ham Woolworths 1937

East Ham Woolworths 1937

Source: The Newham Story Forums

East Ham was bombed severely in WW2, and the Woolworths was flattened on September 7th 1940 (Source: The First Day of the Blitz: September 7, 1940, by Peter Stansky)

The store was rebuilt at 72-26 High Street North on the corner of Skeffington Road, and this is what it looked like.

East Ham Woolworths 2008

East Ham Woolworths 2008

Source: bowroaduk, Flickr

This was my friend Ruksana’s local store from her childhood. She remembers it being a long store and her mum always buying her kitchenware from here, in particular Tefal. The store closed on 30th December 2008.

Shortly after it closed, Poundland took over the premises. This was one of 4 Poundlands that cut their prices to 97p in 2013 to undercut the many poundshops on the High Street! Today it is back to £1, as I popped in there to buy some chocolates. It definitely still has a Woolworths feel to it.

East Ham Poundland

East Ham Poundland 2014

East Ham Poundland

East Ham Poundland

East Ham Poundland

East Ham Poundland

The original Woolworths which was at 193 High Street opposite East Ham station and the Palace (which became C&A, today a Lidl) is now Sports Direct.

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East Ham Sports Direct

 

 

 

Dunfermline – Store 124

52 – 58 High Street, Dunfermline, Fife

We’re in Scotland again! Store 124 was on the medieval High Street of Dunfermline, Fife, and it opened in 1922.

Dunfermline Woolworths 1922

Dunfermline Woolworths 1922

Source: Dunfermline Through Time – Simpson E., Robertson G.

In the 1939 they moved across the road and built a new store with an Art Deco facade, contrasting with the French Gothic neighbouring buildings.

Dunfermline Woolworths 1939

Dunfermline Woolworths 1939

Source: Postcard on Ebay

The store was the one that drew the crowds on this High Street.

Dunfermline Woolworths 1950s

Dunfermline Woolworths 1950s

Source: Flickr

This Woolworths closed in 1984, and today it is a Poundstretcher. And if you are ever shopping on Dunfermline High Street, do take a look above Poundstretcher. Though it looks like the windows have been covered up, you can still see the remains of the Woolworths Art Deco facade.

Dunfermline Former Woolworths - Poundstretcher

Dunfermline Former Woolworths – Poundstretcher

Source: Acuitus

Coventry – Store 123

Smithford Street, Coventry, Warwickshire

Woolworths opened in Coventry on 25th November 1922, on the main shopping area of Smithford Street. A building with an Art Deco facade was erected (see on the left in this photo).

Coventry Woolworths 1920s

Coventry Woolworths 1920s

The store was enlarge in 1931 (middle right of this photo).

Coventry Woolworths 1931

Coventry Woolworths 1931

Coventry Woolworths 1930s

Coventry Woolworths 1931

Source: Historic England

There was a further enlargement in 1938, but some after there was an IRA attack in 1939 with minor damage. Then in 1940 the store was destroyed completely along with most of Smithford Street when bombs dropping during WW2.

A new shopping area had to be built over the old Smithford Street. This happened in the 1950s.

The Precinct, Coventry, Warwickshire CV1 1DT

A building called ‘The Precinct’ was built, and Woolworths occupied most of the building from Coventry Point to the Lower Precinct. The main entrance facing onto the Lower Precinct (pictured below). The photo does show it being called ‘The Woolworth Building’.  It was a massive superstore, with the ground floor being the length of the building, plus a basement floor and a gallery cafeteria at one end.

Coventry Woolworths 1953

Coventry Woolworths 1953

Source: Historic England

Coventry Woolworths 1961

Coventry Woolworths 1961

Source: Getty Images

Coventry Woolworths 1970s

Coventry Woolworths 1970s

Source: Coventry Telegraph

In the 1980s, the store suffered a downturn in trade and reduced its occupancy of the building to the market end basement, ground floor and gallery cafeteria.  The address was updated from ‘The Precinct’ to ’10-12 Market Way’ on the store list.

More recently it reduced space further by closing the basement.

Coventry Woolworths 2008

Coventry Woolworths 2008

Source: Gammie E.

The store closed in December 2008, and now Poundland occupies that unit.

Coventry Former Woolworths - Poundland

Coventry Former Woolworths – Poundland

As for how the whole ‘Lower Precinct’ building looks now, it actually looks the same as the 1953 photos, even the random balcony is still there. Trees have grown, there is now a roof shelter and a water fountain, plus the road has been pedestrianised. Boots is where the original 1950s Woolworth store was, and Sport Direct occupies the other half of it.

Coventry Former Woolworths - Boots

Coventry Former Woolworths – Boots

Source: Flickr

Dumbarton – Store 122

97 – 99 High Street, Dumbarton, Strathclyde G82 1PH

In 1922 Woolworths opened another Scottish store in the Glasgow area – in the town of Dumbarton. They opened next to the Earl of Glencairn’s Greit House of 1623 (the building with the arches on the left of this photo)

Dumbarton Woolworths 1922

Dumbarton Woolworths 1922

Source: Historic England

In the 1930s the store had an Art Deco update to its look. The fact that this was allowed shows the clout that Woolworths had in such towns with historic buildings.

Dumbarton Woolworths 1950s

Dumbarton Woolworths 1950s

Source: Pinterest

There were updates to the fascia through the years.

Dumbarton Woolworths 1971

Dumbarton Woolworths 1971

Source: Historic England

Dumbarton Woolworths 1979

Dumbarton Woolworths 1979

Source: West Dunbartonshire Council

It was branded a Woolworths ‘Local’ store until its last days in December 2008.

Dumbarton Woolworths 2008

Dumbarton Woolworths 2008

Source: Dunbartonshire Council

And today it is a Wetherspoons pub, the Art Deco facade is still there and you can sit and have a drink in this old Woolworths.

Dumbarton Former Woolworths - Wetherspoons

Dumbarton Former Woolworths – Wetherspoons

Source: Flickr

Bridgend – Store 120

32 – 34  Adare Street, Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan CF31 1EL

The 120th Woolworths store opened in Bridgend in Wales in 1922.  Below is a photo from the 1930s with “the frontage of the building emblazoned with signs advertising H. Woodward’s paper showrooms. Woolworths window dressers often used rows of baubles as pelmets to enhance festive displays at Christmas time.” (Extract from Woolworth’s 100 Years on the High Street – K Morrison).

Bridgend Woolworths 1930s

Bridgend Woolworths 1930s

Source: Historic England

“I had a Saturday job in Woolworths in Bridgend, Mid-Glamorgan (as it was then). I remember we had to be 15 years and 3 months old before we could be considered for a job. Our pay for the Saturday was 19 shillings and 3 pence, but the 3 pence was deducted for the insurance stamp. I worked on various counters, biscuits, toys and even on the side counters of the store which contained groceries. The manager came up to my counter one day and said ‘I want you’. Oh no, now what have I done!! ‘Yes, sir?’ ‘Have you tried your GCE Maths exam yet?’ ‘Yes, sir, our class did the maths exam a year earlier than usual.’ ‘Did you pass it?’ ‘Yes, sir.’ ‘Then would you be interested in working in the office? ‘Yes, sir. Thank you sir.’ My job in the office was to count the cash and balance it with the individual tills in the store. I used to go around emptying the tills and then taking the money back to the office and making sure the tills and money balanced. On a couple of occasions I had to go to a till and count the money there and then: e.g. if a customer said they had given the assistant a £10 note but the assistant thought it was a £5 note then the money was checked to see if an error had been made. 19 shillings seemed quite a lot then but would be 95p in todays money. I do miss those days!” Memory from a former Saturday staff member (source: gransnet.com)

Bridgend Woolworths 1930s-50s

Bridgend Woolworths date unknown

Source: Pinterest

There was an extension into the neighbouring store at some point.

Bridgend Woolworths 1970s

Bridgend Woolworths 1970s

Source: Pinterest

How lovely the store looks in colour.

Bridgend Woolworths 2008

Bridgend Woolworths 2008

Source: Lobb M.

Today Poundland is in the building. Although this isn’t Woolworths architecture, if you are ever in Bridgend, do take a moment to admire this building.

Bridgend Former Woolworths - Poundland

Bridgend Former Woolworths – Poundland

Source: ballysundriven

Bishop Auckland – Store 116

84 Newgate Street, Bishop Auckland, County Durham

Woolworths opened Store 116 in Bishop Auckland in 1922. The architecture was of a standard Woolies style. You can see it has been kept the same through the years, with the fascia being updated.

Bishop Auckland Woolworths 1956

Bishop Auckland Woolworths 1956

Source: Northern Echo

In this photo you can see the canopy from the 1950s has gone, and the lettering is more chunky and all in caps.

Bishop Auckland Woolworths 1960

Bishop Auckland Woolworths 1960

Source: Northern Echo

In more recent years, tiling was put around the round pillars at the entrance, and the fascia was red and white. The store closed in December 2008.

Bishop Auckland Woolworths 2008

Bishop Auckland Woolworths 2008

Today it is Boyes, and if you are ever in Bishop Auckland, you will see the instantly recognisable Woolworths architecture above.

tle Bishop Auckland Former Woolworths - Boyes

Bishop Auckland Former Woolworths – Boyes

Source: Ballysundriven

 

Bridgwater – Store 115

18/20 Eastover, Bridgwater, Somerset

The 115th Woolworths store opened in the historic market town of Bridgwater, Somerset in 1922, on the corner of Eastover and New Road (number 27 Eastover). This was quite soon after opening in neighbouring Taunton – Store 110.

Bridgwater Woolworths 1955

Bridgwater Woolworths 1955

This is a 1940s-50s memory from a local:

 

Bridgewater Woolworths 1955

Bridgewater Woolworths 1955

Source: Francis Frith

Woolworths moved from this building in the 1956, and it is now the Post Office.

Bridgwater Former Woolworths - Post Office

Bridgwater Former Woolworths – Post Office

Source: Somerset Live

Presumably to have bigger premises, they moved to numbers 18-20, demolishing the existing shop and building a new store from scratch. This is a photo of the store being constructed in 1956.

Bridgwater Woolworths being constructed in 1956

Bridgwater Woolworths being constructed in 1956

Source: Ethridge T

Woolworths traded from this new location for just over 50 years

Bridgwater Woolworths 2007

Bridgwater Woolworths 2007

Source: Ethridge T

The architecture is nothing special, a simple brick front. Today the unit is occupied by Proper Job, and they have kept the Woolworths doors and tiles. If you are ever in Bridgwater and feeling nostalgic, take a look at this shop.

Bridgwater Former Woolworths - Proper Job

Bridgwater Former Woolworths – Proper Job

Source: Geograph

 

Canterbury – Store 109

21 St George’s Street, Canterbury, Kent

Woolworths opened in Canterbury in 1922. A mock timber front was erected as the architects seemed to have a taste for Old England and quite a few stores had this effect, such as Kingston.

Canterbury Woolworths 1930s

Canterbury Woolworths 1930s

Canterbury Woolworths was bombed in WW2. Ten years later, the store was rebuilt and reopened in 1952. They traded here until closure in December 2008.

Canterbury Woolworths 2009 - after closure

Canterbury Woolworths 2009 – after closure

Source: Patten D.

Today you will find Poundland here, but if you are walking by, do take a look above and see some 1950s Woolies architecture.


Canterbury Former Woolworths - Poundland

Canterbury Former Woolworths – Poundland

Source: Howard D.