Unpacking Middlesbrough’s Woolies history

Graham Soult

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11 Responses

  1. Graham Soult says:

    That’s a great find Ali – many thanks!

    So it looks like the white Radio Cleveland building was the original Middlesbrough Woolies after all!

  2. Ali Brown says:

    Following up on your question of whether or not you’d correctly identified the original Middlesbrough Woolies, I’ve acquired a 1913 postcard showing that part of Linthorpe Road with Woolworth’s on the far left.


  3. Ali Brown says:

    Better late than never, here’s a photo of the former Woolies store in Linthorpe village, Middlesbrough.


    It bacame a branch of TSB after it was Woolies but I can’t remember if was occupied by anyone else before Boots moved in from a few doors up Linthorpe Road.

  4. Graham Soult says:

    Thanks for your speedy reply, Ali! Really interesting again. I’d certainly be interested in seeing a photo of the former Linthorpe village Woolworths!

  5. Ali Brown says:

    I’m not sure you’ve found the right building. My Mum used to work upstairs in there when it was a Tax Office. It later became the home of Radio Cleveland. It’s hard to know for sure as the Sony Centre didn’t exist in the 1950s and I would have said that “moving up” Linthorpe Road would mean that the original Woolies was further “down” Linthorpe Road toward the station.

    I’ll ask my Mum’s cousin where the original was – she’s much older than me!

    You’ve not mentioned the Woolies in Linthorpe village much further up Linthorpe Road. I can’t give you dates but I used to do my Grandma’s shopping and call in there and the Co-op back in the 1960’s. It closed before the one in the town centre and became a branch of the TSB and is now a Boots chemists.

    Let me know if you’d like a photo of how it is now.


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