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There had ben a theatre on this site from the 1870s. The Theatre Royal then the Queens Theatre but following a terrible panic which killed 9 people, the name changed to the Hippodrome in 1914. It continued as a home to variety shows and film presentations but the Theatre's history caught up with it again when it was seriously damaged by fire on the 19th of December 1922 and never reopened. The Theatre was subsequently demolished and a Woolworth's store was built on the site.
I remember the 1st Woolworths as a child more than 75 years ago. There was a huge set of scales immediately behind the entrance and an cream stall near the exit. This shop was still displaying a sign stating "nothing over 6d" which was no longer true when I visited with my mother. Like all Woolworth stores, it sold just about everything. It was still operating in the early 1950s. The company moved up the High Street next to Burtons before finally closing in 2008. A tremendous amount of history had been generated from this site for a very long time but there was lots of misery through bad housing and very unhealthy living conditions. However, just look at the iron work supporting the tram wires. It all looks rather bland today.
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- wotsits name - George April 24, 2021, 16:31:21
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- Answer. WOOLWORTHS - George April 25, 2021, 23:02:37
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