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Former Woolworths in Seaham – one store, two stories

Graham Soult

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8 Responses

  1. Seamaster says:

    It’s ironic – Seaham’s recent rejuvenation (and, to a certain extent, gentrification) due to a massive influx of new homes should have invigorated Church Street, yet it seemed as doomed and desolate as ever the last time I was there. The Byron Place mini-mall does seem to have sucked what little life was left right out of it.

    I have very happy memories of growing up in the town, and spending my pocket money on cheap toys in that Woolies. Like many others, I bought my first records there. I can vaguely recall it closing down around the time the first sell-thru video cassettes went on sale, which would, as I earlier suggested, date its demise to the mid-eighties?

    I agree, what a lovely old building. Such a shame.

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