Category Archives: Durham

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

 

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South Shields – Store 104

100 – 108 King Street, South Shields, County Durham NE33 1JG

Woolworths opened in South Shields in 1921 on King Street. The town was heavily hit in World War II, and the store got destroyed. It took 8 years for it to be rebuilt.

South Shields Woolworths 1949

South Shields Woolworths 1949

The store lasted until the end in December 2008.

South Shields Woolworths 2007

South Shields Woolworths 2007

Source: Cornfoot R.

Today the building is occupied by Poundland and Peacocks (previously Store Twenty One pictured).

South Shields Former Woolworths - Poundland Peacocks

South Shields Former Woolworths – Poundland and Peacocks

 

 

Darlington – Store 28

78-79 Northgate, Darlington, Durham DL1 1TZ

The twenty-eighth Woolworths store was in Darlington. It opened on Northgate in 1913 with Frank W Woolworth personally opening it.

Darlington Woolworths 1913

Darlington Woolworths 1913

Source: Woolworths Museum

The store was extended in 1927, and this is possibly when an Art Deco facade was added. Graham Soult did a lot of research to find out what the building is today, as it seems the street numbering changes across the decades Рyou can read more about that here. He worked out by looking at the location of building in old postcards, that the Woolworths store would have been next to BHS at 56-58, formerly Burtons, then a £5 store and now vacant.

Darlington-Former-Woolworths-_-Vacant-2017

Darlington Former Woolworths-Vacant 2017

Source: Google Maps

12-18 Northgate, Darlington, Durham DL1 1TZ

On 20th September 1940, the store relocated to bigger premises at numbers 12-18, joining togther three shops by the looks of it.

Darlington Woolworths 1983

Darlington Woolworths 1983

Source: The Durham Record

In the below photo, you can actually see the old store front further down the road.

Darlington Woolworths 1990s

Darlington Woolworths 1990s

Source: Darlington Local Studies Picture Collection

The store closed in December 2008.

Darlington Woolworths 2004

Darlington Woolworths 2004

Source: Darlington Library

Now this old Woolworths is occupied by Next and the smaller side to the left is occupied by Holland and Barratt (not pictured here).

Darlington Former Woolworths | Next 2012

Darlington Former Woolworths | Next 2012

Source: Soult G.