Category Archives: Derbyshire

Buxton – Store 210

44 – 46 Spring Gardens, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6DB

Woolworths opened in Buxton on 1926, on part of the site of the former Shakespeare Hotel that was built in 1711. Similar to Store 208 Widnes, this store had the vintage F.W. Woolworth fascia on as late as the 1990s. It is rare you get to see so clearly how a store would have looked in the old days. Note the mosaic W on the flooring in the doorways, and the ‘Woolworth’ above the doors.

Buxton Woolworths 1990s

Buxton Woolworths 1990s

Source: Alamy

The window POS is very nineties: ‘£2 1/2 Million Music & Video Clearance’ – ‘Videos from £3.99’, ‘LPs and cassettes from 99p’ in the left window. On the right window: ‘Extra Value Here’ with paintbrushes on the wall and a display of what looks like storage buckets, bathroom scales.

Below is a photo from a decade later, with the store having been modernised – new fascia, new doors, mosaic tiled centre pillar, ‘Woolworth’ gone from above the doors, the ‘W’ gone from the top of the windows and the mosaic floor ‘W’ in the doorways gone.

Buxton Woolworths 2004

Buxton Woolworths 2004

Source: Emily and James

It looks like there was a 1/2 price sale, the left window says ‘Sale ends 3rd May’ and ‘The Giant Sale’ with what looks like CDs and DVDs/Videos. There is an ‘Offer of the Week’ side poster and in the right window it says ‘Save 20% all garden furniture’.

The store closed down on the 27th December 2008. It became a Mountain Warehouse shop.

Buxton Former Woolworths - Mountain Warehouse

The original archway from the Shakespeare Hotel is still to the left of the store – have a look at the original below and see. Pretty historic!

Buxton Shakespear Hotel

Buxton Shakespeare Hotel

 

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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

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. The 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.