Category Archives: Durham

Gateshead – Store 154

232 – 242 High Street, Gateshead, Co Durham NE8 1DL

In 1923 Woolworths opened on Gateshead High Street, on the site of the Queen’s Theatre that was fire damaged the previous year in 1922.

Sadly there are no photos of this Woolworths store when it was open, but from this photo it seems there was a 1950s makeover. And the facade to the right looks like it would have been a Burtons in the early days.

Former store manager Lee Pearson has fond memories of the store and the team, and took it through a 5/5 refit in the 2000s. He also remembers there being an Index catalogue shop next door.

The store closed when the chain went bust in December 2008.

Gateshead Woolworths 2009

Gateshead Woolworths 2009

Source: Ballysundriven

After 2 years of the store laying empty, Poundland opened there in September 2010. But this branch only stayed there until 2014, when they moved to Trinity Square.

Gateshead Former Woolworths - Poundland

Gateshead Former Woolworths – Poundland

Source: Soult G

Today the Newbridge Studios have taken over the building, so it is a gallery and an artist’s studio – quite different from what usually happens to former Woolworths building. And if you look up, you can seen the Woolies architecture is still in place.

Gateshead Former Woolworths - Newbridge Studios

Gateshead Former Woolworths – Newbridge Studios

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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

 

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.