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Weston-super-Mare – Store 81

64 High Street, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset BS23 1HX

Woolworths opened in the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare very early on, in 1919. You can see the building before it was a Woolworths in the below photo – in the centre with the roof windows.

Weston-Super-Mare High Street 1901

Weston-super-Mare High Street 1901

Source: Past and Present Publications

Here is a photo of the Woolworths store when it was trading. You can see they did not change the building at all, apart from removing the roof windows. Quite interesting, perhaps they were not allowed to demolish and build in their own style, as they had in other towns. It is a beautiful building, so I’d say this was a good thing. Bhs next door had demolished their building, replacing it with a rather 50s looking building.

Weston-Super-Mare Woolworths 2008

Weston-super-Mare Woolworths 2008

(Photo from my Facebook group)

The store closed for good on 30th December 2008.

Weston-Super-Mare Woolworths 2009

Weston-super-Mare Woolworths 2009

Source: White R., Flickr

The following year, Poundland opened, and here it is from when I visited the busy high street this week.

Weston-super-Mare Poundland 2015

Weston-super-Mare Poundland 2015

Weston-super-Mare Poundland 2015

Weston-super-Mare Poundland 2015

Banbury – Store 428 / 1203

7 High Street, Banbury, Oxfordshire

Woolworths opened on Banbury High Street in 1931, according to the Banbury Guardian. It was built on the site of the Red Lion Hotel, below on the left, which was demolished to make way for the new store.

Banbury Red Lion Hotel 1921

Banbury Red Lion Hotel 1921

Source: Francis Frith

Here you can see the Woolworths store on the right of the photo in the 1960s.

Banbury Woolworths 1960s

Banbury Woolworths 1960s

Source: Francis Frith

Here are some wonderful photos of the interior from a lady who spent 30 years of her life working for “The old Woolworths”, courtesy of EddFrostDaughters Ltd.

Banbury Woolworths Inside 1960s -3 Banbury Woolworths Inside 1960s -2 Banbury Woolworths Inside 1960s

In the 1970s store list, the address is listed as 7a, so the store must have been halved, and the Woolworths store was kept open on the right side (that’s the Abbey National side in the below photo). Mothercare may well have been there since the 1970s, as their first stores opened in the 1960s. Woolworths closed on the High Street in the 1980s. So there was a period of time when Banbury had no Woolworths. Abbey National moved into 7a.

Banbury Mothercare and Abbey National 2000s

Banbury Mothercare and Abbey National 2000s

Source: Ancestry.com

7a High Street today is Santander, and you can clearly see from the windows above that this was the Woolworths building.

Banbury Santander 2015

Banbury Santander 2015

Source: iOxfordshire

Unit 51, Castle Quay Shopping Centre, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX16 8UP

The Castle Quay shopping centre was first built in 1977. In 1999, it underwent an £85 million redevelopment and this was when Woolworths moved in. It had a new store number 1203. It was the second store you saw as you walked inside, so a good position, and it backed on to the canal.

Banbury Woolworths 2005

Banbury Woolworths 2005

Source: Flickr, BRG2

The store closed in December 2008, and when I visited the town in September 2009, the Woolworths fascias were still up, but it was being converted into an H&M, so it must have opened soon after. I visited Banbury again last week, and this is how the former Woolworths looks today from the inside of the shopping centre.

H&M Banbury, 2015

H&M Banbury, 2015

Eastbourne – Store 172

97-101 Terminus Road, Eastbourne, Sussex

In the 1920s, Woolworth’s headquarters in London would receive nomination letters every day, suggesting a town where the chain should open. One of those towns was Eastbourne, for which the architects created a rather grand design. The store opened in 1924 on Terminus Road.

Eastbourne Woolworths 1924

Eastbourne Woolworths, Terminus Road, 1924

Source: Woolworthsmuseum.co.uk

This photo was taken in the 1950s – we can tell by the number plate on the bus. In 1955, a second Woolworths store opened in Eastbourne in the old Regal Cinema building at 143 Seaside (Store 849)  – I’ll cover that store in a separate blog post.

Eastbourne Woolworths, Terminus Road, 1950s

Eastbourne Woolworths, Terminus Road, 1950s

Source: Godfrey G., Flickr

According to locals on The History of Eastbourne Facebook page, the back doors opened up on to Tideswell Road. There used to be an alley that ran along the left side of the store to this road. In 1980, the Arndale Shopping centre was built behind the shops on Terminus Road, and the back of the Woolworths store was knocked through to the new shopping centre.

Eastbourne Woolworths is not on the 2008 store list, so it closed before the company went into administration.

Today the building is occupied by Poundland at 97-99, and Thomas Cook is at 101.

Eastbourne Poundland 2011

Eastbourne Poundland and Thomas Cook, Terminus Road, 2011

Source: Fawcett Mead

Bristol Broadmead – Store 10

87/91 Broadmead, Bristol BS1 3DU

In 1911, Woolworth opened their first store in Bristol, located at Castle Street. It was a busy and bustling street as you can see from this 1930s postcard. Sadly this store was destroyed along with the whole of Castle Street in WW2.

Bristol Woolworths, Castle Street, 1930s

Bristol Woolworths, Castle Street, 1930s

Source: 100thbirthday.co.uk

In 1950, Bristol rebuilt the worn-torn area, and Woolworths reopened on Broadmead. Stores built after the war were of a new look – bigger and brighter, and made with modern materials such as stainless steel and marble, instead of wooden doors and wooden floorboards. Bristol became the chain’s largest multi-floor store.

Bristol Woolworths 1950s

Bristol Woolworths 1952

Source: 100thbirthday.co.uk

Bristol Woolworths, 1950s

Bristol Woolworths, 1950s

Source: Townsend, Paul

Here is it in the 1970s with it’s updated fascia, and you can see Swears & Wells became Thomas Cook and H Samuel is to the left (you can recognise the clock).

Bristol Woolworths, 1970s

Bristol Woolworths, 1970s

Source: Townsend, Paul

Bristol Woolworths 1970s

Bristol Woolworths 1970s

Source: Townsend, Paul

Bristol Broadmead was quite a unique Woolworths – it was the one chosen to be a trial new concept store in 1982 called ‘21st Century Shopping’. It took all the Woolworths branding out – the idea was to attract city commuters to be able to have a ‘quick’ shop. Inside you had sports ranges at the front (from sister brand Footlocker), then a middle section of Women’s fashion and then a small grocery section. Sounds a bit random to me. The whole of Bristol scoffed at it – City workers did not use it, and loyal Woolies shoppers were upset – an epic fail.

Woolworths 21st Century Shopping, Bristol, 1983

Woolworths 21st Century Shopping, Bristol, 1982

Source: Woolworths Museum

In 1983 the store was reinstated to Woolworths again, although they carried on using the leftover 21st Century carrier bags for a long time.

Bristol Woolworths 1986

Bristol Woolworths 1986

Source: pepperrn1, flickr

In 1988 the store had to close as the Galleries Shopping Centre was to be built – so the building got demolished! Here it is just before demolition.

Woolworths moved into the new shopping centre, which you can read about here: Bristol -The Galleries – Store 1174

Bristol Woolworths 1988

Bristol Woolworths 1988

Source: Hobbs, Neil