c1952 to 3rd January 2009 - The Very Last Day

By Keith Johnson

Here are a few pictures.  One showing Woolworths under construction, and the others of the very last day of trading for Newhaven's branch of Woolworths. The store ceased trading at 5.30 on Saturday 3rd January 2009.

Photo:c1952 Woolworths under construction

c1952 Woolworths under construction

Laurie Stonehouse collection

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'WOOLWORTHS' page
Photo: Illustrative image for the 'WOOLWORTHS' page
Photo:The empty stock room upstairs

The empty stock room upstairs

Photo:Another view. The stock room was massive, almost as big as the shop floor area.

Another view. The stock room was massive, almost as big as the shop floor area.

Photo:The Woolies tea room

The Woolies tea room

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'WOOLWORTHS' page

Laurie Stonehouse

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'WOOLWORTHS' page

Laurie Stonehouse

Photo:Pick and Mix

Pick and Mix

Laurie Stonehouse

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'WOOLWORTHS' page

Laurie Stonehouse

This page was added by Keith Johnson on 11/01/2009.
Comments about this page

Very sad, broken biscuits and discounted Easter eggs were part of the joys of growing up...

By Rob Patten
On 12/01/2009

What a sad day for all those people who are now unemployed, especially those who have worked there for many years.

By Marion Goodwin
On 12/01/2009

In these days of financial woe, what a great opportunity this presents to expand the library into a far larger area (upstairs & downstairs) at much lesser cost than the construction of new premises on the site of the long demolished "Saxonholme". It would mean the library stays in the main shopping area and the contents would not have far to travel to their new home.

By Richard Beckett
On 18/01/2009

Happy memories of working in Seaford Woolies on a Saturday when I was 15 (47 years ago!!) I used to serve on the biscuit counter with all the biscuits in boxes behind the counter - you used to have to weigh them them out. The broken biscuits were in a separate box and were very popular as they were cheaper. I seem to remember that the bus fare was 1s/5d return - 7p in new money!!

By Marilyn Nolan
On 18/01/2009

Does anyone have other photos of the store or would like to add a few lines, or do you know anyone who might have some or photos or memories to add. I know that many local people worked there, including my sister June and her son Ryan.

I remember the wooden floor and counters of the older store. As a small child growing up in the 1960's, it always seemed like an Aladdin's cave to me. We lived just behind the store at Lower Place, so I passed it most days. I always picked my favourite biscuit 'Royal Scott' from the broken pieces, and I too enjoyed drooling over the lovely Easter Eggs.

By Sylvia Woolford
On 25/01/2009

I agree with the idea of moving the library to Woolworths, it makes sense to keep something alive in the town centre, in fact just build a bridge between the two !!

By R L Phillips-Leaver
On 30/04/2009

This needs an up to date pic of Alworths!

By Michael Young
On 04/02/2011

Just happned to be in the town on the day it closed. My earliest memories are of living in the flat next door to the right. I think it was called the penny and tuppenny stores then. We must have moved away to Northdown Road in the mid fifties. I don't remember the building coming down but by the time I started work in 1961 it was Woolworths as Bannisters Builders was directly opposite.

By Terry Howard
On 04/03/2011

I miss this shop, I would go in there every day, why oh why did they have to close.

By Amy
On 26/05/2012

Wonderful Woolies. Those lovely sweeties behind glass cases; stick-jaw caramels, broken bars of nut chocolate, rainbow drops-all those delicious things that are now considered "bad" for us. The toiletries counter, where Dad bought his razor blades and Mum selected various instruments of torture for her hair. The little glass partitions on the counters that would nowadays give the Elf & Safety mob a collective nightmare and have every ambulance-chasing lawyer stropping their claws in anticipation. it was also our pitch for "Penny for the Guy." Not so much a shop, more a way of life.

By William Stovell
On 27/05/2012

I remember buying light bulbs there as a kid. They tested each bulb before they'd sell it to you.

By ronherriott
On 27/05/2012

One of my memories of visiting Woolworths in the early 1960s was the machines they had at the front near the doors. I recall one which had two large dolls with glass drinking bottles in front of them. You put 2d in and then one child stood each side and turned a handle furiously which caused the 'milk' in each bottle to go down as though the doll was drinking the milk. The winner got a penny back. I think these machines were changed from time to time as I also recall one with a dinky toy racing car suspended above a rotating track. You had to steer the car along the winding track and if you went off the edge the machine stopped working. Simple pleasures.

By Alan Terrill
On 13/10/2017

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