18a/19 East Street, Taunton, Somerset /
40-42 Fore Street, Taunton. Somerset TA1 1NE
The store address of the Taunton store is a bit of a mystery. From the store number 110, I can gather it opened in the spring of 1922. The 1970s store list says it was at 18a/19 East Street, of which the Woolworths Museum has the below photo.
Source: Woolworths Museum
This is a side angle from 1985.
Source: Hayman T.
These are more recent photos, where you can see the building is the same one as from the 1950s photo, but the address of the photos say it is Fore Street. Also the new store number 1189 would have been allocated in the 1990s, similar to the Reading store.
Taunton Woolworths closed on 5th January 2009. This photo from my Facebook group shows it before it closed:
TK Maxx opened in the building in 2009, with the address listed as 40 – 42 Fore Street.
The building does not look like a 1950s building, it is certainly older, so perhaps the street numbering was changed sometime between the 1950s and today – I don’t know. 19 East Street today houses Sports Direct which looks like a new building. What I can say that the Woolworths building still looks grand, and it is easy to see why it was called the grandest Woolworths store in Somerset.
35-37 Fore Street, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1HF
Woolworths arrived in the Cornish seaside town of St Ives in the mid-1950s. The building they chose was set in a hill by the harbour, with the front facing the busy shopping area of Fore Street, and the back facing the harbour on Wharf Road.
Here is the front of the store on Fore Street.
Source: Flickr, Rutter R
And this is the harbour side on Wharf Road.
Source: Scaysbrook C
This is 8 days before they closed down.
Source: Flickr, textlad
The store closed on 2nd January 2009, becoming a Mountain Warehouse store on Fore Street, and a Pizza Express on Wharf Road.
Source: Lewis Investments
Other Cornish Stores you may be interested in:
Truro – Store 836