5. Whitefriargate & Marks & Spencer
A little way down Whitefriargate, on your left, you reach Marks & Spencer - Larkin's 'Large Cool Store'. Although the exterior has changed little since Larkin wrote about the shop in 1961, Marks & Spencer was then less upmarket than the familiar 'M&S' we know today.

Most of Larkin's library staff were female and, intrigued by the purchases with which they returned to work after lunchtime trips to town, he decided to pay the store a visit. There he encountered the '..cheap clothes/ Set out in simple sizes plainly' and wandered past the '..heaps of shirts and trousers', pondering on the vaguely exotic 'Modes for Night'. You can find a copy of the resulting poem inside, just by the lift on the ground floor.



GPS (WGS84) Co-ordinates

Latitude: 53° 44.5974
Longitude: 0° 20.2296

OS Co-ordinates
Easting: 509765
Northing: 428715
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