Category Archives: wiltshire

Trowbridge – Store 348

32 Fore Street, Trowbridge, Wiltshire

Woolworths opened in Trowbridge in 1928. It was on Fore Street, pictured below in the centre, left side (the shop with lots of people in front of it).

Trowbridge Woolworths 1955

Trowbridge Woolworths 1955

Source: Mary Evans Picture Library

In the 1960s the store had a makeover, and the whole front of the building looks different with new windows, a new fascia.

Trowbridge Woolworths 1965

Trowbridge Woolworths 1965

Source: Francis Frith

This close-up photo from 1984 shows in beautiful detail the mosaics on the pillar, the W on the entrance floor tiles. This man was polishing the windows and they really are shining. If you look on the door, you can read the sticker saying “Thank you for shopping with us”. You can see the music department was at the front of the store with a huge ‘Records’ sign. And you can also see baskets at the entrance and presumably the checkouts.

Trowbridge Woolworths 1984

Trowbridge Woolworths 1984

Source: Lloyd M.

In this 1984 photo, people are sheltering from the rain at the front of Trowbridge Woolworths. The windows are saying “Look into our Toy Shop” – the photo was taken in November so this must have been the start of Christmas in store.

Trowbridge Woolworths 1984

Trowbridge Woolworths 1984

Source: Lloyd M.

Moving on to more recent days, the store had another makeover with the latest logo, the pillar at the front becoming rectangular and the oblong tiling on the pillar and sides.

Trowbridge Woolworths 2008

Trowbridge Woolworths 2008

Source: Wiltshire Times

The store closed in December 2008, the day after Boxing Day.

Trowbridge Woolworths 2008

Trowbridge Woolworths 2008

Today it’s a British Heart Foundation Shop – take a closer look and you’ll see the Woolworths tiles have been painted red.

Trowbridge Former Woolworths

Trowbridge Former Woolworths

Salisbury – Store 273

55 – 59 Silver Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire

Woolworths opened in Salisbury in 1927 and it was originally at 55 – 59 Silver Street (right side, centre in the below photo).

Salisbury Woolworths 1940s

Salisbury Woolworths 1940s

On the right here, the fascia has been changed to just ‘F.W. Woolworth & Co Ltd’ centred.

Salisbury Woolworths 1955

Salisbury Woolworths 1955

The frontage looks quite large in this photo, with three entrances. They moved to the High Street in the 1957, and this photo shows the Silver Street store vacated with posters signposted the new location.

Salisbury Former Woolworths 1930 - 1950

Salisbury Former Woolworths 1957

This is the interior vacated but it is interesting to see the layout of a traditional old-style store with the individual mahogany counters, and the hanging lights.

Salisbury Woolworths Interior 1930-1950

Salisbury Woolworths Interior 1957

Today the Silver Street building still exists and it houses the Real Eating Company, Ecco and Holland & Barrett. Actually this explains the three entrances, if it was originally three shops put together to make a Woolworth store – and then put back to three shops.

Salisbury Former Woolworths

Salisbury Former Woolworths

22-30 High Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 2NS

In 1957 Woolworths moved to a purpose-built store on the High Street, somewhere to right of the Crown Hotel in this photo.

Salisbury High Street 1950

Salisbury High Street 1950

Source: Francis Frith

This is what it looked like:

Salisbury Woolworths 1957

Salisbury Woolworths 1957

Source: Salisbury Journal

This is a more recent photo from 2006 and I absolutely love seeing the wooden window frames above the doors and the peppermint blue on the doors. It looks like there was a cafe instore from the A-board outside.

Salisbury Woolworths 2006

Salisbury Woolworths 2006

Source: Facey P. 

Here is the store shortly before it closed in January 2009. We can see they had a refurb from the change in the fascia and the loss of the peppermint blue on the doors!

Salisbury Woolworths 2008

Salisbury Woolworths 2008

Source: Talbot C. 

Today New Look trades from the old High Street store and you know what, the windows above the doors are still there and that makes me happy.


Salisbury Former Woolworths

Salisbury Former Woolworths