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After Oakham we travelled north and passed through Nottingham where I spotted The Crown as I was driving past. I had to stop and photograph it. Stunning.

The Crown, Nottingham

Side view from north:-

The Crown, Nottingham from North

From north-east. Windows, chimney, exterior walling, all superb. If the windows have been replaced it’s been done sensitively. Pity about the grafitti on the wall, though:-

The Crown, Nottingham from North-east

From South-east:-

The Crown, Nottingham, from South-east

Rear of building. Nice to see the Art Deco elements extend all the way round, even if the extension’s a bit iffy:-

The Crown, Nottingham, Rear

Detail showing Crown emblem at front:-

The Crown, Nottingham

This view mostly avoided the lamp-post obscuring the building:-

The Crown, Nottingham, from East

Art Deco in Market Harborough

Market Harborough in Leicestershire was our next port of call.

Two Art Deco(ish) shops both with their eyes poked out:-

Art Deco Shop in Market Harborough

Art Deco in Market Harborough

Desborough, Northamptonshire

We passed through Desborough on our way from Geddington and Rushton.

On the way in to the town was this brick Art Deco style building – a boot factory as it turned out:-

Art Deco Factory, Desborough

The rule of three is followed in the brickwork between the lower and upper windows and again just below the roofline:-

Art Deco Building, Desborough

Detail. Note glazing and projection:-

Art Deco Detail, Desborough

In the town itself was this. (Eyes poked out though):-

Art Deco, Desborough


The spa town of Buxton has a lot of fine classical architecture, not the least of which is the spa itself.

Buxton Spa

Close-up on bit to left. The writing on the building says Natural Mineral Bath:-

Buxton Spa

This is the view from the War Memorial:-

Buxton  spa

And from the town, showing aspects of the spa building to the right of the previous photos:-

Buxton spa stitch

Buxton also sports a fine Opera House:-

Buxton  Opera House

I read that this building, now part of Buxton and Leek College, had the largest dome in the world at the time it was built:-

Buxton and Leek College Building

River and bridge in Buxton Park:-

Buxton park

Miniature Railway in Buxton Park:-

Buxton Miniature Railway in Park

Art Deco in Buxton, Derbyshire

On the way down south in the summer we stopped off in Buxton, Derbyshire, a former spa town. (Well, I think the spa is still there.)

It’s a nice wee place. Perhaps not so wee.

And I found one deco building; a Co-op in the main street in the lower part of the town. (We only found the upper part of the town by accident by following a sign to a second-hand bookshop. It’s ten or so minutes walk away from the lower town.)

Buxton Art Deco

View of detailing on roof line. The windows’ eyes have been poked out. Obviously built in 1934, bang in the deco period:-

Buxton Art Deco Co-operative

Showing detailing on “gable” end:-

Buxton Art Deco Co-op from right

Blenheim Palace

I mentioned in passing last year that we had visited Blenheim Palace on our way back from the Netherlands.

The Palace was in effect a gift from a grateful nation to John Churchill, first Duke of Marlborough, in recognition of his military victories in the War of the Spanish Succession, though the money to build it soon ran out.

View from car park. This shows the side of the Palace:-

Blenheim Palace

Main Entrance to the Palace:-

Blenheim Palace Panorama

From the driveway to the Marlborough Monument:-

Blenheim Palace

From the formal garden:-

Blenheim Palace

Marlborough Monument from the driveway:-
Marlborough Monument

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 6 (ii). Carron Restaurant Stonehaven Revisited

Well I hadn’t photographed it before but I had featured it here. See also my comments of two posts ago.

These are my photos though. Main entrance and stairs:-

Carron Restaurant, Stonehaven, Art Deco Delight

Garden detail. Great deco styling:-

Carron Restaurant, Stonehaven, Art Deco, Garden Detail

The gateway is superb:-

Art Deco Gateway, Carron Restaurant, Stonehaven

The Art Deco styling extends to the fencing at the lane to the side:-

Garden and Fencing, Carron Restaurant, Stonehaven

Again note the fencing here and on the balcony, plus the lovely circular sweep of the canopy and windows which have very stylish glazing:-

Carron Restaurant, Stonehaven, View from Lane.

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 40: Stonehaven

Stonehaven was once the county town of Kincardineshire but that county has since been incorporated into Aberdeenshire.

Corner site; typical north-eastern granite construction:-

Art Deco Shop Front, Stonehaven

Round the corner. Good detailing and glazing around the entrance to that middle shop :-

Art Deco Shop Front, Stonehaven

The Deco theme continues for the next three shops. Again note the glazing. The leftmost shop here is the street entrance to the Carron Restaurant. In the link I say it’s the rightmost shop but I hadn’t visited Stonehaven when I made that post. Sadly when I was there the restaurant was closed again due to the retirement of its owners. I understand it has since been reopened once more:-

Art Deco Shop Fronts, Stonehaven

Rightmost shop; good stonework detail above door:-

Art Deco Shop Front, Stonehaven 4

Very minor deco, up a side street:-

Minor Art Deco, Stonehaven

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 39: Bathgate (ii)

A couple more Art Deco buildings in Bathgate.

This one looks like an ex-Woolworths but is now a Poundland. Typical deco styling:-

Former Woolworths, Bathgate

Deco touches:-

Minor Art Deco, Bathgate

Bank of Scotland. This may be later but has deco elements, especially the tall window:-

Art Deco Style Bank, Bathgate

The Pavilion, an ex-cinema, isn’t truly deco as it was built in 1920 but it prefigures the style. Note the Rule of Three in the front windows and door:-

Former Pavilion Cinema, Bathgate

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 39: Bathgate (i)

Not content with the Regal Cinema, Bathgate in West Lothian has another striking Art Deco building. It has excellent detailing, picked out in paint.

Art Deco Building, Bathgate

Corner roofline detail:-

Art Deco, Bathgate, Detail

Upper story and roofline:-

Art Deco Building, Bathgate

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