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Art Deco in Boston, Lincolnshire

Boston has its fair share, perhap more, of Art Deco buildings.

The West End Cinema doesn’t look so deco from this angle:-

West End Cinema, Boston

But this corner doorway has Art Deco styling:-

West End Cinema, Boston, Corner.

There are Art Deco elements in this side view too:-

West End Cinema, Boston, Side

There was typical 1930s Deco styling on Marks & Spencer’s:-

Marks & Spencer, Boston

Clarks has a vaguely deco look with an undoubted deco sunburst and “M” just above the Clarks sign – presumably a relic of the original occupant:-

Vaguely Art Deco Shop in Boston 8

As does QD Stores:-

Art Deco Style, Boston

Cash Generator was more to the point. Rule of three in and on the pillars:-

Art Deco in Boston

Then there was the striking Cammack’s:-

Cammack's, Boston

Rule of three in the windows, sunburst decoration in name frieze:-

Cammack, Boston, Frontage

Edinburgh’s Art Deco Heritage 17: Morningside and Comiston

The Dominion Cinema may be the most striking Art Deco building in Edinburgh’s Morningside but there is some minor deco about the area.

Art Deco style old bank in Morningside, Edinburgh, now an Estate Agent’s:-

Pagan Osborne, Morningside, Edinburgh

Doorway. Note cartouche and surround:-

Doorway, Pagan Osborne, Morningside, Edinburgh

Pagan Osborne, Morningside, Edinburgh

Bank entrance, Comiston Road, Edinburgh. There was a van parked on the street directly in front of this so I couldn’t photograph it from any furher away:-

Bank Door, Comiston Road, Edinburgh

Boston, Lincolnshire

One of the stop offs on the way down to the ferry across to Holland in May was at Boston in Lincolnshire, mainly because it was a town we’d never been to.

The town’s most prominent landmark is pretty unmissable. St Botolph’s Church. One of the largest churches in England. The spire is visible for some distance. This was from in the town though:-

St Botolph's Spire, Boston

Apparently the locals call it the Stump. It’s fairly hemmed in and difficult to photograph entire. This stitch couldn’t get in the spire:-

St Botolph's, Boston

This is from the edge of the town square:-

Boston 5

Some Art Deco in Doncaster

On our trip down south in May to get the ferry to Holland we had to take a detour because of an accident on the A 1.

As a result we passed through Doncaster. The traffic was pretty backed-up there to so I was able to get a few snaps off when we chanced upon some 1930s deco style houses. Sadly they all seemed to have had their eyes poked out:-

Doncaster Deco Houses 1

Art Deco Houses, Doncaster 2

Art Deco Houses, Doncaster 3

Art Deco, Doncaster 4

Then there was this commercial building:-

Art Deco, Doncaster 5

Willow Tea Rooms, Buchanan Street, Glasgow

I thought I’d posted this photo (taken in December 2014) of the exterior of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed Willow Tea Rooms in Buchanan Street, Glasgow, but searching the blog gave no results so perhaps I didn’t.

Willow tea rooms

The tea rooms were I believe defunct for a while but have been refurbished. In April this year the good lady and I partook of the facilities within. Lovely lunch, reasonably priced.

Rennie Mackintosh style chairs:-

Willow Tea Rooms Interior 1

A banquette:-

Willow Tea Rooms 2

Interior panelling. Typical Mackintosh motifs:-

Willow Tea Rooms 3

More panelling:-

Willow Tea Rooms 4

Window blind. Signature Mackintosh lettering:-

Willow Tea Rooms 5

Table accoutrements (sadly not quite in focus):-

Willow Tea Rooms 6


Willow Tea Rooms 7

Blue and purple lampshades (again sadly not focused):-

Willow Tea Rooms 8

There are two tearooms inside. This is on the stair up to the Chinese Room:-

Willow Tea Rooms 9

The Chinese Room itself. Note the chairbacks:-

Willow Tea Rooms 10

Lower stairwell. Again thoroughly Mackintosh lampshades and banisters:-

Willow Tea Rooms 11

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 47: Clarkston

Clarkston is a town in East Renfrewshire, just south of Glasgow on one of the suburban railway lines.

This Art Deco influenced shop now houses a dental practice:-

Art Deco Style, Clarkston

Note frieze above door with motto “Ditat, Servata, Fides” (faith preserved enriches):-

Art Deco, Clarkston, Extension


Art Deco Style, Clarkston, Detail

Gable end, note detailing below signage area:-

Art Deco Style, Clarkston, Gable End

Art Deco lettering on Café Roma:-

Art Deco Lettering on Clarkston Café

Helensburgh Architecture

I was over in the west in April (for the Queen of the South game I think) and took in Helensburgh again.

This shop (in Sinclair Street?) has very minor Art Deco touches:-

Decoish Shop Frontage Helensburgh

Detail of windows to right:-

Helensburgh, Decoish Frontage 2

This building (definitely in Sinclair Street) is impressive in its upper reaches:-

Helensburgh Shop Building

Roofline detail:-

Helensburgh Shop Close-up

This cartouche looks like it may be a representation of St Andrew:-

Helensburgh Shop Detail

Edinburgh’s Art Deco Heritage 16: Dominion Cinema, Morningside

This is a stunner. A fantastic cinema in the Streamline Moderne Art Deco style. It really ought to have been much further up this list, possibly even at the top, but I had no photographs of it. I knew it existed but not exactly where it was in Edinburgh. I wasn’t very familiar with the geography of the city but my son moved there a couple of years ago and on a visit I was exploring the area he lives in.

Imagine my delight on coming across this by accident rather than design. It’s still a working independent cinema, run by a family. This is their website. They also have a facebook presence.

From Morningside Road end of Newbattle Terrace. Great curved column:-

Dominion Cinema, Edinburgh

Closer view:-

Dominion Cinema 2

From Newbattle Terrace, opposite aspect:-

Dominion Cinema 3

Upper detailing and roofline:-

Dominion Cinema 4

Stained glass window by entrance doorway. This is mirrored on the other side:-

Dominion Cinema 5

Column detailing and surround:-

Dominion Cinema 6

Canopy, clock and lettering:-

Dominion Cinema 7

Stitch from across Newbattle Terrace:-

Dominion Cinema 8

Ancient and Moderne

Just before the chapel’s entrance on the approach to Rosslyn Chapel stands the Old Rosslyn Inn.

Old Rosslyn Inn

The inn’s catalogue of great and good patrons is commemorated on a plaque by the arched gateway:-

Old Rosslyn Inn

Yet this obviously 20th century building (in the Art Deco/Moderne style) can also be seen from the access road.

Moderne Building

Former Majestic Cinema, Inverkeithing

Located in Boreland Road, Inverkeithing, the cinema opened in 1918 but updated in 1931 and has a vaguely Art Deco feel. It’s now an antiques/second-hand shop.

Former Majestic Cinema Inverkeithing

Former Majestic Cinema Inverkeithing 2

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