Category Archives: Derbyshire

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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Derby – Store 29

27-32 Victoria Street, Derby, Derbyshire DE1 1EU

The twenty-ninth Woolworths store opened in Derby on Victoria Street. You can see it to the right of this postcard – it was quite a large store.┬áThe store got into trouble in the early years, when ‘Woolworths girls’ went on strike for habitually being made to work overtime, and for failing to give staff the correct half-day holiday in accordance with the Shops Act of 1911 (Woolworth’s 100 Years On the High Street, Morrison K.)

Derby Woolworths 1938

Derby Woolworths 1938

Source: Soult’s Retail View

The store traded here until 1975 when it moved into the Eagle Centre (now intu Derby, previously Westfield). It is rather a shame to see how the building looks today, divided up with ugly storefronts. It should be a beautiful building, but this side of Victoria Street is neglected due to all the shops being inside intu Derby. Nevertheless, if you pop into Savers, do take a look up at the original architecture.

Derby Former Woolworths | Savers + Vacant 2017

Derby Former Woolworths | Savers + Vacant 2017

Source: auction.co.uk

In 1975, a huge Woolworths superstore with two floors was built inside the new Eagle Shopping Centre. There was a super modern cafe inside (well, modern for the 70s) – carpets and plush leatherette seating, with a warm orange-brown colour scheme, boldly patterned walls, individual lamps hanging over each table – it’s sounds like the retro styling that is back on trend now.

Derby Eagle Centre Woolworths 1975

Derby Eagle Centre Woolworths 1987

Source: Derby Telegraph

The store closed on 16th January 1988 when Woolworths decided it was too big – they planned to sub-divided the store into 10 units and lease out, with Woolworths Properties acting as landlord. I think the store was next to C&A, which closed down in 2001. It was boarded up for a while until Woolworths decided to come back to this Derby shopping centre as store 1242 (1 London Road) – but then it closed down in 2008. It is now Poundland – so I’m guessing the original Eagle Centre Woolworths unit would have been near that Poundland somewhere.

 

The next store – Store 30 – Edgware Road has already been written about, you can read all about that store here.