Category Archives: Staffordshire

Newcastle-under-Lyme – Store 300

96 High Street (formerly Penkhull Street), Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffs ST5 1QF

The 300th Woolworths store opened in 1928 on Penkhull Street in a timber-framed building. At some point Penkhull Street was renamed ‘High Street’.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Woolworths 1930s

Newcastle-under-Lyme Woolworths 1930s

Source: BBC

After WW2 the ‘3d and 6d’ was dropped from the fascia so it read ‘F. W. Woolworth’.

 

Newcastle-under-Lyme Woolworths 1950s

Newcastle-under-Lyme Woolworths 1950s

Source: Age Photo Stock

In the 1950s a zebra crossing was put on the road directly in front of Woolworths.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Woolworths 1950s

Newcastle-under-Lyme Woolworths 1950s

Source: Pinterest

Newcastle-under-Lyme Woolworths 1950s

Newcastle-under-Lyme Woolworths 1950s

Source: Magnolia Box

In presumeably 1960s, Woolworths had a major makeover. They demolished the original timber-framed building and built a two-floor superstore that took the whole of the corner plot. It went all the way to the other end of Friar Street where there was another entrance.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Woolworths 1965

Newcastle-under-Lyme Woolworths 1965

In the 1970s, the logo was updated on the fascia.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Woolworths 1970s

Newcastle-under-Lyme Woolworths 1970s

Source: Stoke on Trent Live

The store lasted until the end, closing in January 2009.

 

Newcastle-under-Lyme Woolworths 2008

Newcastle-under-Lyme Woolworths 2008

Source: Deltabus

After closure, it became a 99p store when then became Poundland.

Newcastle-under-Lyme-Former Woolworths

Newcastle-under-Lyme-Former Woolworths

Here is the side view on Friar Street, so you can see how big a Woolworths it would have been.

Newcastle-under-Lyme-Former Woolworths side

Newcastle-under-Lyme-Former Woolworths side

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Longton – Store 258

28 Market Street, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs ST3 1BT

Woolworths opened in Longton in 1927, back when it was a rich and thriving town. You can see the store on the left side of this photo, next to Boots.

Longton Woolworths 1950s

Longton Woolworths 1950s

Source: Stoke-on-Trent Live

In 1965, a new shopping centre called the Bennett Precinct opened. It still exists today, with a very green look. Woolworths extended in size, taking over Boots, and having a new boxy look. It had a side entrance into the Bennett Precinct. The store lasted until the end, closing in December 2008.

Longton Woolworths 2008

Longton Woolworths 2008

Source: The Potteries

Longton is quite a sad story when you look at it today. This photo is at the exact same angle as the 1950s one at the start of this post. What was once a bustled street is now full of abandoned shops. The only bit still in use is the railway bridge in the distance.

Longton Former Woolworths 2018

Longton Former Woolworths 2018

What is very unique about Longton Woolworths is that is has never been occupied since closure and the fascia is still intact – the store has literally been untouched. A similar ghost store is at Margate. Graham Soult took these photos in December 2018.

Longton Former Woolworths 2018 front

Longton Former Woolworths 2018 front

Longton Former Woolworths 2018 side

Longton Former Woolworths 2018 side

Source: Soult G.

If you are a hardcore Woolworths fan and want to see the fascia today, go give Longton a visit!

Burton-on-Trent – Store 147

154 – 155 High Street, Burton-on-Trent, Staffs

Woolworths opened in Burton-on-Trent in 1923, taking over the building of Pearson’s the tailor at number 154 High Street. The store did so well that they extended to number 155 the following year. There are no photos of the original store, this earliest photo I can find is this photo from when the store had a makeover in the 1970s. It wasn’t the prettiest of building, but it looked large and functional with a lot of entrance doors.

Burton-on-Trent Woolworths 1970s

Burton-on-Trent Woolworths 1970s

Source: Historic England

On 21st November 1983, the store relocated to the Coopers Square, leaving the High Street building empty for a decade.

Burton-on-Trent Former Woolworths 1993

Burton-on-Trent Former Woolworths 1993

Source: Soult G

In more recent years the building is now occupied by pubs, with a makeover on the upper floors that is more pleasing to the eye.

Burton-on-Trent Former Woolworths

Burton-on-Trent Former Woolworths

Source: Ballysundriven

Meanwhile over on Coopers Square, the store was inside a shopping centre until the end in December 2008. Again I suspect this was a 10/10 trial store from the red flooring at the entrance and the large red fascia.

Burton-on-Trent Woolworths 2008

Burton-on-Trent Woolworths 2008

Source: Alamy

Today it is B&M bargains, and they have kept the Woolworths doors.

Burton-on-Trent Former Woolworths - B&M

B&M Bargains, Coopers Square

Source: Loc8nearme

West Bromwich – Store 112

178 – 182 High Street, West Bromwich, Staffs

Woolworths opened in 1922 in West Bromwich. It had an Art Deco facade.

West Bromwich Woolworths 1930s

West Bromwich Woolworths 1930s

Source: Historic England

The store moved to 174-178 Princess Parade at some point, I am assuming the original buildings were demolished to create this parade on the High Street.

West Bromwich Woolworths 2011

West Bromwich Woolworths 2011

Source: Ballysundriven

The store closed in December 2008 and the unit is now occupied by Wilkos – I can’t get a photo as Google Streetview has the market stalls in front of it.

Hanley – Store 55

7-9 Upper Market Square, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs ST1 1PY

In 1915, World War One did not stop Woolworth expanding and they opened their 55th store on Upper Market Square in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. As with many war-time stores, it had a similar design to Kingston-upon-Thames (Store 43), with an open pediment and a Venetian window.

Hanley Woolworths 1920s

Hanley Woolworths 1920s

Source: Historic England

In 1937 the store had a makeover, and as it was a long-store, the design was Art Deco with a centrepiece at the top.

Hanley Woolworths 1950s

Hanley Woolworths 1950s

Source: ThePoterries.org

Hanley Woolworths 1950s

Hanley Woolworths 1950s

Hanley Woolworths 1958

Hanley Woolworths 1958

Hanley Woolworths 1960s

Hanley Woolworths 1960s

Source: Pinterest

In the 1970s the store was modernised along with the conversion to self-service. A typical frontage design was to have long narrow brick sections alternating with aluminium panels. As for the entrance, the display windows were moved to the sides and a panel of doors installed across the centre.

Hanley Woolworths 1970s

Hanley Woolworths 1970s

Source: Historic England

The store survived until the end, and it closed down in December 2008.

Hanley Woolworths 2008

Hanley Woolworths 2008

Source: ThePoterries.org

TJ Hughes took over the building but they went bust.

Hanley Former Woolworths | TJ Hughes

Hanley Former Woolworths | TJ Hughes

Source: ballysundriven

So Poundland came along and that is still occupying the space today.

Hanley Former Woolworths | Poundland

Hanley Former Woolworths | Poundland

Source: Staffordshire Daily Photo

 

 

Walsall – Store 46

16 – 22 Park Street, Walsall, Staffs WS1 1NQ

Woolworths opened its 46th store in Walsall in 1915 on Park Street. Some time in the 1920s-30s, a new store was built on the site – the earliest frontage in art deco style to be designed by Woolworths staff architects, incorporating an angular version of the lion-head logo (see them at the tops of the windows) – the lion’s head emphasised Woolworth’s efforts to stock goods of British manufacture in the aftermath of WW1.

Walsall Woolworths 1920 - 1940

Walsall Woolworths 1920 – 1940

Source: Historic England

In 1953 the store was decorated for the Queen’s Coronation.

Walsall Woolworths 1953

Walsall Woolworths 1953

Source: Walsall Council

The back of the store could be seen from the bus station.

Back of Walsall Woolworths 1965

Back of Walsall Woolworths 1965

Source: Fisher R.

In the 1970s the fascia was updated.

Back of Walsall Woolworths 1978

Back of Walsall Woolworths 1978

Source: Jones, S.

I found this comment from a former Saturday boy: “…Woolworths, where I once had a Saturday job. The building to the left used to be Boots. All us Woolies people envied the conditions of the Boots staff – they even had a staff hairdressing salon on the roof.”

Walsall Woolworths 1983

Walsall Woolworths 1983

Source: Black Country History

The store closed soon after the above photo was taken. Years later, a new Woolies opened elsewhere in Walsall Town Wharf (store 1194). The Park Street store became a Currys and Dixons in the 1980s.

Walsall Former Woolworths - Currys Dixons late 1980s

Walsall Former Woolworths – Currys Dixons late 1980s

Source: Pete

Today the building is occupied by Barclays and Diffusion, and you can still admire the elegance of the Woolworths architecture and lion heads above.

Walsall Former Woolworths - Barclays Diffusion 2017

Walsall Former Woolworths – Barclays Diffusion 2017

Source: Chertsey130 Blog