… even the A40!
For the past year and a half, I have been getting a lift into work by my sister who worked in Harlesden. She used to drop me off at Willesden Junction where I would continue my journey overground to Kentish Town. Then, last week, she quit her job – shock horror!
It got me thinking – this is the end of an era. Those car journeys along the A40 have inspired many things – a family holiday, days out – just by having to chat to my sister for 2 hours each day. And most importantly it inspired my Woolworths blog!
Traffic was quite treacherous on most days, and one day after work, we turned left at Old Oak roundabout for the long way along Old Oak Common Lane on to the A40. There I saw an Iceland, and I said to my sister, “That was a Woolworths.” She looked at me in amazement, “But how do you know?” I said, “I just do. I don’t know how, I just look at a building and I know!”
That evening I was determined to find out if I was right. After much googling, I discovered a 1970s Store List from the Woolworths online museum with all the old addresses. Type an address into Google Images and you find all sorts of Woolworths photos. I was right, it was store 723 East Acton.
I thought, wouldn’t it be great if, rather than having to search for photos from all different websites, Flickr, Facebook groups – if there was one website that put them all together by store. And Woolies Buildings – Then and Now was born. Thank you A40 for being my inspiration!
I do love all the sights on the A40, the urban grit and the constant regeneration – I call it ugly beautiful. So I put a slideshow of our journey together, to the sound of that Ed Sheeran song we constantly heard on Radio 1. Enjoy!