Category Archives: staffordshire

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.

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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