A Woolworths staff photo from 1938 – but can you identify the location?

Graham Soult

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  1. Tom says:

    The shop on the right in the photo of Cheap Street, Sherborne at http://www.francisfrith.com/sherborne,dorset/photos/cheap-street-c1955_s112091/ looks as if it might be the original Woolworth’s (now Edinburgh Woollen Mill judging by Streetview).
    Not sure if this is the one in the photo – perhaps someone else can judge this better? If it was then Dewhurst would seem to have moved on by the time of the Frith photo and the shopfront opposite could easily have been replaced in the intervening years, so wouldn’t have to match perfectly.

    • Graham Soult says:

      That’s excellent, Tom! If nothing else, you’ve helpfully identified the location of Sherborne’s original Woolies, which was a question raised in the earlier blog. As far as Sherborne possibly being the mystery location is concerned, the slope of the street looks about right and the building opposite does have a ‘corner’ of sorts – so, it’s definitely still a contender, I would say!

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