Category Archives: Gwent

Chepstow Woolworths – Store 515

18 High Street, Chepstow, Gwent NP6 5YA

Woolworths opened in Chepstow in 1933 in the former Ye Olde Bush Hotel on the High Street.

Bush Hotel Chepstow

Ye Olde Bush Hotel Chepstow

Source: Forest Prints

As you can see in this photo, the look of the hotel was kept, with the shop on the ground floor.

Chepstow Woolworths 2007

Chepstow Woolworths 2007

Source: Dowle, S.

After Chepstow Woolworths closed in December 2008, it became a branch of The Original Factory Store. You can see the 1970s Woolworths stores still in use in this photo.

Chepstow Former Woolworths

Chepstow Former Woolworths

Source: Jaggery

Abergavenny Woolworths – Store 250

7 – 8 High Street, Abergavenny, Gwent NP7 5RU

Woolworths opened their 250th store in Abergavenny, Wales in 1927. It opened at number 7 High Street on the site of a former tailor, outfitter, hatter, hosier and shoe shop called William Henry Butt. But many years beforehand, the graveyard of St John’s Church crossed this site, and when Woolworths built their first store here, they found a stone coffin.

Abergavenny Woolworths 1930s

Abergavenny Woolworths 1930s

In the 1960s there was another redevelopment to extend the store to number 8. When these works were going on, the archway of the cemetery gateway was exposed. The new store looked like a typical 1960s rectangular store.

Abergavenny Woolworths 1979

Abergavenny Woolworths 1979

The store lasted until the end, and closed in December 2008.

Abergavenny Woolworths 2009

Abergavenny Woolworths 2009

In 2009 B&M moved in. They have kept the front as it was when it was Woolworths, but closed the doors on the right permanently to put a trolley park in front of it.

Abergavenny Former Woolworths - B&M

Abergavenny Former Woolworths – B&M

 

Information is from the  Abergavenny Street Survey