Category Archives: Northumberland

Berwick-Upon-Tweed – Store 232

76 – 80 Marygate, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland

Woolworths opened in the historic Elizabethan walled town of Berwick-Upon-Tweed on 28th August 1926, somewhere along Marygate. In March 1937, a new building was built at numbers 76 – 80 with an Art Deco facade, where Woolworths moved to.

Berwick Woolworths 1930s

Berwick Woolworths 1930s

Source: Soult G.

Below is a close-up from 1959 – this must have been after closing time as there are gates in front of the entrances. Note the three-wheeled car – apparently they had no reverse gear, so had to be pushed into the parking space.

Berwick Woolworths 1959

Berwick Woolworths 1959

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In more recent years, you will recognise the Woolworths logo, but the fascia is brown, and it looks like a slight red illumination around the letters. Presumably Marygate is in a conservation area and the shops had to fit in.

Berwick Woolworth’s had a 10/10 refurb that Marianne Ellis from the Dunfermline┬ástore helped out with. She remembers Sharon Hancock being the manager, and then Philip Burn.

Berwick Woolworths 2008

Berwick Woolworths 2008

After the store closed in December 2008, Home Bargains moved in. They first had a really bright fascia, then a muted dark red one – again presumably to fit in with the area. But recently it has gone back to a bright fascia! Anyway, look above the store and you will see the original Woolworths architecture.

Berwick Former Woolworths - Home Bargains

Berwick Former Woolworths – Home Bargains

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Ashington – Store 229

14 – 18 Station Road, Ashington, Northumberland NE63 9UL

Woolworths opened in the former mining town of Ashington in 1926. A lovely Art Deco building was built on Station Road – see on the left of this photo.

Ashington Woolworths 1959

Ashington Woolworths 1959

It was quite a large store as you can see from the size of the frontage.

Ashington Woolworths 2003

Ashington Woolworths 2003

The store lasted to the end, and closed in January 2009. I felt like I had seen a ghost when I went onto Google Street View, if you take the date back to 2009, there it is!

Ashington Woolworths 2003

Ashington Woolworths 2009

The store was split into two units – the left side Heron Foods. The right side was vacant, then it was a charity shop, and now it is vacant again. But look up and you’ll see the Woolworths Art Deco architecture, and the mosaic pillar are still there.

 

Ashington Former Woolworths - Heron Foods

Ashington Former Woolworths – Heron Foods

Source: Ballysundriven

Newcastle-Upon-Tyne – Store 27

15/21 Northumberland Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 7BB

The twenty-seventh Woolworths store opened on 6th September 1913 at 17 Northumberland Street, next to the first Fenwicks department store. Every picture from the early years shows a Carter Paterson’s lorry or container – they brought up goods from the railway station to replenish the counters.

Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Woolworths 1913

Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Woolworths 1913

Source: Woolworths Museum

The store was so successful that it trebled in size by 1936. The elegant, enlarged building was put up around the existing store so shopping could continue while works went on. The style was Art Deco with windows in trios.

Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Woolworths 1936

Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Woolworths 1936

Source: Woolworths Museum

The building stayed relatively unchanged through the decades.

Newcastle Woolworths 1960s

Newcastle Woolworths 1960s

Source: Co Curate

Newcastle Woolworths 1968

Newcastle Woolworths 1968

Source: Newcastle Libraries

Newcastle Woolworths 1971

Newcastle Woolworths 1971

Source: Co Curate

A new fascia was put on in the 1980s, but the store closed shortly after, when Woolworths disposed of city centre stores to save on costs.

Newcastle Woolworths 1984

Newcastle Woolworths 1984

Source: chroniclelive.co.uk

This store closed in 1984 and was pre-let to Next. But Virgin Megastores actually took on the site, which changed to Zavvi in 2007.

Newcastle Former Woolworths | Virgin Megastore 2007

Newcastle Former Woolworths | Virgin Megastore 2007

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Then it was a Peacocks store.

Newcastle Former Woolworths | Peacocks 2010

Newcastle Former Woolworths | Peacocks 2010

Source: Citykey

and today it is Sports Direct. And despite all these shop changes, it is lovely to see the Art Deco architecture still intact, and looking bright and clean!

Newcastle Former Woolworths | Sports Direct

Newcastle Former Woolworths | Sports Direct

Source: Citykey

Next time you are in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, do have a look up above Sports Direct.