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Art Deco in Milngavie

Milngavie is at the end of a branch railway line from Glasgow. it’s also the beginning (or the end) of the West Highland Way.

There wasn’t much deco about. The closest to it was this shop:-

Milngavie Art Deco Shop

Detail of cartouche on the roofline:-

Cartouche on Milngavie Art Deco Shop

Robert Bruce’s Tomb, Dunfermline Abbey Church

I visited Dunfermline Abbey and Palace back in January. At that time the Abbey Church was closed for the winter and consequently I couldn’t photograph the tomb of Robert the Bruce, King of Scots, hero of Bannockburn and he of the spider. In mid April I was able to rectify that omission. The tomb is situated below the Abbey Church’s pulpit.

The pulpit surmounting the tomb of Robert I (as he was known) is rather ornate.

A rather macabre exhibit in Dunfermline Abbey Church contains a cast of Bruce’s skull.

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 37: Prestonpans

On a detour through Prestonpans I spotted this building and of course had to stop to photograph it.

Now derelict, it used to be the premises of Lothian Coated Fabrics.

It has the typical flat roof and rectangular towers. There are good long thin windows on the far tower portion and nice banding near the roofline.

It looks like the original (Critall?) windows were never replaced. Also note the two flagpoles. It’s in a sad state now, though.

Tower & Lake Illuminations at the Empire Exhibition 1938

Another stunning art-coloured postcard by Brian Gerald from the Empire Exhibition, Scotland, 1938.

The Lake Illuminations, Empire Exhibition 1938

Two more stunning art-drawn postcards by Brian Gerald from The Empire Exhibition, Scotland, 1938. These are both of the Lake Illuminations.

This one also shows a piece of statuary.

Glasgow Exhibitions Display at the People’s Palace

There is a small display at the People’s Palace on Glasgow Green which shows images of Glasgow’s various International Exhibitions.

The colour picture at the top is of the 1901 Exhibition, a panorama of that same exhibition is below it, a sepia depiction of the 1888 Exhibition lies below the writing, a view of the Scottish Pavilion at the 1938 Empire Exhibition is to the left and a poster stamp of the Empire Exhibition’s logo in red is below that.

The colour picture is of the Main Pavilion at the 1901 Exhibition:-

The mostly blue picture is of the interior of one of the two Scottish Pavilions at the 1938 Empire Exhibition:-

Here’s the poster stamp in a closer up version:-

The People’s Palace also has one of the jigsaws of the Empire Exhibition:-

Note the (oddly shaped) missing piece of the jigsaw. I actually have a complete example of this jigsaw at home (a companion piece to this) but it’s still in a box somewhere due to the house move last year.

Crail War Memorial

Crail is a fishing village set in the East Neuk of Fife almost as far east as you can get. Its War Memorial is a particularly aesthetically pleasing one set as it is into the churchyard gateposts.

The left hand gatepost (as you look at the above) contains WW1 names.

The other post holds WW2 names.

The bench to the left of the gates is also a memorial.

WW1 in general but the second plaque commemorates specifically Colour Sergeant J T Whitelaw.

Royal Doulton Fountain, Glasgow Green

First built for the Glasgow International Exhibition 1888 held in Kelvingrove Park and moved to Glasgow Green in 1890 this is now located outside the People’s Palace on Glasgow Green. It’s the largest terracotta fountain in the world.

This may give more idea of the fountain’s scale:-

Glasgow’s Art Deco Heritage 15: Car Park, Candleriggs

Modern car park with deco styling, Candleriggs, Glasgow.

Pedestrian entrance doorway:-

There are lovely rounded “balconies” here on the element above the entrance not to mention “streamlining” on the stonework and the tip:-

Finial on central element. The finial is triangular but shows as a line here:-

There is good decorative brickwork near the roofline. The metalwork’s not bad, too:-

Glasgow War Memorial, George Square

It was deepest darkest December when I took these. The Christmas lights were up and on.

This is from the south east:-

From the north:-

From the east:-

The George Square side is flanked by two statues of lions. This is the southern one:-

George Square aspect, with Remembrance Day wreaths. (City Chambers in background):-

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