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13–20 Cornmarket (Northgate House)


The eight shops at 13–20 Cornmarket were replaced by the giant block below in 1963. This page only deals with the shops that have been this new block.

Next Follow this pointer for sub-tour of the eight original shops on this site
(which included two old pubs, the Bell and the Star & Garter).

13-20 Cornmarket

In 1960 planning permission was granted to demolish the eight shops at 13–20 Cornmarket (plus 11–19 Market Street and the Crown & Thistle public house), and replace them with a new block for Marks & Spencer. Of the shops demolished, Nos. 13–17 Cornmarket were old buildings, but Nos. 18–20 were relatively new, having been built by Marks & Spencer in 1934–5.

The block shown above, known as Northgate House, was completed in 1963. Marks & Spencer only remained here, however, for thirteen years, and in 1976 swapped shops with the Co-op in Queen Street.

When the Co-op in Cornmarket closed down, the ground floor was divided up into separate shops.

The picture below shows the old group of shops (with Buols at No. 21 to the north) that stood on this site.

Former shops on this site

Occupants of Northgate House at 13–20 Cornmarket listed in directories

Date

Unit A
on left
Unit B
middle left
Unit C
middle right
Unit D
on right

1963–1976

Marks & Spencer Ltd

1976

The Co-op in Queen Street swapped buildings with Marks & Spencer

The Co-op sold household goods upstairs and fod in the basement
The ground fround floor was divided up into independent shop units

1976–1990s

Entrance
to Co-op

     

2007

South half
of Next

Virgin Megastore

Miss Selfridge

Clinton Cards

2008–2009

Zavvi Music

Fat Face
Clothes

Carphone
Warehouse

2011 to present

River Island

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