‘A childhood spent in Woolworths’ – The high street shops you remember in North Staffordshire


Over the years, the face of North Staffordshire has changed dramatically – no more so than on our high streets.

Before online shopping, Saturdays were for browsing the shops with friends – looking for the latest fashions and listening to the latest records, whilst eating pick n mix from Woolworths!

We asked our readers what shops they missed from their youth and we were inundated with replies. Woolworths and C&A were both popular memories – but this is what other people had to say (how many do you remember?)

Gerry Brookes: “Tom Coopers Gunsmith and fishing tackle shop in Hanley. I spent hours in there in the 50s and early 60s”

Helen Cartlidge: “Webberley’s Bookshop is the one I’d bring back (biased because I worked there too – best shop ever!)

“Then I also quite miss Woolworths, BHS, C&A, Littlewoods, Mike Lloyd’s Music and I used to like Athena and Fantasy World when it was in the old arcade (now TKMaxx).”

Clare McClure was a fan of Woolworths. She said: “I also remember the record shop where I would browse the vinyl for hours,” while Anthony Edwards said:”I remember Zero clothes, Clay Records and all those second hand music gear shops down Hope Street.”

Sharon Lane used to go to Woolworths for number one in the charts every week and a pick n mix and Julie Bott has fond memories of Zero alternative clothes shop in Newcastle (which, she says, was also called hard times back in the day).

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Meanwhile, Alan David Burgess, said: “I remember Bratt & Dyke. Mrs Morris in the toy dept was amazing. She could sell ice to Eskimos, aka my nan!”

And other memories of high street shops also came flooding back for Adrian Ship who rememebers Stanley’s Ice Cream shop, in Westland Street Penkhull, while Amelia Louise James says she spent her childhood in both Woolworths and C&A.

Christ Welch used to love shopping in Oakland men’s clothes shop in the potteries centre, while Alister Jay-Walker was a fan of a British Home Stores where he worked for two years .

Other memories include Lewis’ at Christmas and sports shop Bourne’s.

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And finally, Jennifer Holdcroft said: “It was the 1960s and the place to go in Burslem on a Saturday night to dance was the Queens.

“The routine on a Saturday afternoon for the young girls (I was about age 14 ) was pile into Woolies in Burslem and buy a certain lipstick, which was all the rage at the time called Yellow Kick a Rimmel product.

“We all must have walked around with Yyellow lips – it didn’t matter to me as I thought I looked great. They were happy days full of fun.!





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