Object Of The Week : X Is For Xmas Decorations

Tuesday 3 November 2020

Whilst the Museum is closed and our collections unable to be seen by visitors, we have created a weekly virtual museum with an Object of the Week feature from our collections.

Object of the Week : X  Is For Xmas Decorations

We may be a little ahead of the game but this week’s object is X for Xmas Decorations.  And where was the most popular place in Borehamwood to purchase such items? In everyone’s favourite – Woolies.

Much of the history of the Woolworths has been covered previously on our Facebook page, so here we share some of your memories.

There were only two locations in Shenley Road for Woolworths.  The first started off in the row of shops between Cardinal Avenue and Whitehouse Avenue (on a site previously occupied by BBE Evans).  Local lady Brenda remembers: - “it was there in 1952 as l remember going there with my dad to buy a roll-a-ball game!”  

The second location was where Iceland stands today, until it closed on 27th December 2008.  In the Museum’s collection is the last ever Christmas catalogue produced and a selection of Christmas baubles and decorations to stir a few memories.  It had a pick ‘n’ mix counter and a child’s ride just inside the store, in the form of a pink animal that rocked back and forth.

In the 1960s, it had staff behind the individual counters rather than at one pay area.” Paul Welsh

You could buy most things for 6d and got a lot for your money.  In later years there was a record department where I bought my LPs” David Armitage

Woolies, as it was affectionally known, had island counters for different things, each island having its own till and the floor was just wooden floorboards. 

It was the place to go to for everyday items at sensible prices, from broken biscuits, pick and mix sweets to clothes, household items, records and DIY supplies.  They sold wonderful Christmas decorations - some my mum bought 60 years ago l still use every December” Brenda Treacher.

Why not share your memories and photos with us?  Contact and we will add your contributions to this Blog.

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