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Walking along the High Street recently the good lady asked if I thought this was deco. I said I thought not but she thought the keystone on the arched window is. Decide for yourselves.
Looking at the window outlines as I checked the posting – especially as delineated by the wire leading up to the street lamp – there is perhaps a hint of deco.
Whatever, it’s now the premises of Holland and Barrett.
I don’t often go along Park Place and so hadn’t really noticed the deco style of these two buildings. They’re not high deco, but the roof lines and the strong horizontals and verticals are suggestive.
Close up on the taller one; its windows are replacements, but still appears deco:-
The square chimney is redolent of deco:-
The jigsaw – made by Waddington’s – shows one of the Scotland Pavilions (there were two of these sited opposite each other on Scottish Avenue,) the Tower of Empire, United Kingdom Pavilion and the Canadian Pavilion plus a troop of charging horse.
The box this one came in was a bit tatty but still striking with the lion rampant logo and Tower of Empire.
There is another Waddington’s jigsaw of the Exhibition featuring a closer view of the Tower of Empire with aeroplanes in the sky overhead and this time with a marching band of bagpipers approaching the foreground. I have that in a cupboard somewhere.
Biggar is in Lanarkshire, 11 miles or so south of Lanark, far enough away from a really big town to have retained many of the sorts of shops which have disappeared from many High Streets. Most of them seemed independent/local. Not many chain shops anyway.
I spotted two deco influenced buildings. The first was a hairdresser’s.
This close up from a different angle shows the detailing. Horizontal lines, angled frontage. Windows have been replaced but not too unsympathetically.
The second was an extension to a bank. Well, no longer a bank but instead it houses several small businesses. Nice frieze above the door.
I have visited Kelso, in the Scottish Borders region, before but hadn’t explored widely so hadn’t seen any deco. Due to parking in a different place from my earlier visits the Tait Hall was one of the first buildings I noticed this time. Designed by William Barclay in 1933 it has typical Deco features, strong verticals and horizontals, banding and it looks like original fenestration! The cut-outs on the upper parts of the side extensions are also good.
Once home I found a much better picture than any of mine on the net. (No van in the foreground for a start.)
Not far from the Tait Hall is the Contented Vine Restaurant, once the Roxy Cinema. The railings were getting a paint job at the time.
Nice pedimenting and pastel outlining. Pity about the replacement windows on this one.
More photos of Kelso are on my flickr.
When I pass through Leven I usually don’t go via the town itself but use the A915 which only goes through the upper part. Last time though I went via the A955 and consequently viewed not only the War Memorial but also two Art Deco style buildings.
The larger of these is in Durie Street, just off the town centre, and once housed a Co-operative store, built in 1937.
The stepping on the roofline, the “brows,” the windows, the horizontals and verticals, and the slight protrusion of the vertical windows flanking the centre ones are all deco features.
This is the upper frontage:-
And here’s a close-up on the frieze above the central windows:-
The trianguloid protrusions flanking the centre portion look like this:-
Further out from the town centre on Scoonie road is the Agenda pub.
This one shows the deco detailing:-
Musselburgh has at least three Art Deco buildings.
This is the David Macbeth Moir pub on Bridge Street, a Wetherspoon’s. (David Macbeth Moir is a historical local worthy.)
The building was formerly the Hayweights cinema. Its detailing and lettering is now after Charles Rennie Mackintosh – Mockintosh, then.
Further up Bridge Street is The Royal Bank of Scotland building. That window covered with wooden board is a bit worrying!
On High Street, almost opposite the War Memorial, can be found Poundland. The High Street was busy – difficult to get a photo without traffic.
More of my Musselburgh photos are on my flickr.