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Boots The Chemist

Merthyr Tydfil



The store opened in 1902 at 125 High Street. In 1920, the late Mr E W Harris' chemist and druggist premises were purchased by Boots, as well as the adjoining property. Later that year, 127-128 High Street was opened. The Merthyr store had a Booklovers' Library which appeared to have been opened just after the First World War and then closed 1941/1942. It also had a Fancy Department which opened on 7 December 1959. The store remained at this address until roughly 1990 when it relocated into Newmarket Walk where I believe it still is today.

Judith Wright

Boots Archives



Boots The Chemist - Merthyr Tydfil - 1927

(Photograph Courtesy of Boots Archives)


Boots The Chemist - 1948

Taken on the flat roof above the shop, which was reached by climbing a long ladder.

Back Row L-R:                    Margaret, Peggy, Eirwen, Trevor, Helen, June (Apprentice) & Lilla.       

Front Row L-R:                   Eileen, Mr. Evans (Porter), Mrs Hopkins, Mr Groves (Manager), Madge, Mr Mitchell (Pharmacist) & Betty.

(Photograph Courtesy of Mrs. June Quinlan - nee Lewis)


Boots the Chemist - 1957

Back row L to R:-  Davey Evans, Pam Evans, Marian Lewis, Gethryn Thomas, Val Smith, Mary Thomas, John...?, Bert Myers.   

2nd Row:L-R:-- Ann Thomas, Gillian Rowles, Barbara Davies, Mr Bill Phillips Manager, Sheila Gerlach, Arlene Jones, Miriam ...?,  Bill Jones (Philip Madoc's dad) 

3rd Row L-R:-   Myrtle Farmer, Glenda...?, Dilys Whitehouse, Betty Howfield, Jean Harris, Carol Tucker, Mary Moore,

Front Row L-R:-  Celia Evans, Vi Drew, Grace Hindley.

(Photograph Courtesy of Gethryn Thomas)


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