TQ2581 : Whiteleys Shopping Centre

taken 8 years ago, near to Paddington, Westminster, Great Britain

Whiteleys Shopping Centre
Whiteleys Shopping Centre
This impressive facade is all that's left of what was London's first department store.
From a single shop in the 1860s the store rapidly expanded until a huge fire in 1887 destroyed the old premises.
The new store, with this frontage, was built in 1911.
It closed in 1981 and most of the building was demolished and reconstructed, opening again in 1989 as a multiple store shopping centre. LinkExternal link
The founder, William Whiteley, arrived in London from Yorkshire with 10. He built up a retail business supplying more or less everything to the expanding market of Victorian London. He became a millionaire in the process, only to be murdered in 1907, shot by an illegitimate son, so sadly, he wouldn't have seen this building.
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Date Taken
Friday, 14 June, 2013   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 25 June, 2013
Geographical Context
Business, Retail, Services  City, Town centre 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 2582 8100 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:30.8354N 0:11.2914W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 2585 8100
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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Shopping Centre Entrance 

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