Posted in Art Deco, Cinemas at 10:48 pm on 28 July 2014
Today I had a comment on my Art Deco in Cheltenham post.
It contained this link.
Apparently the Odeon Cinema (which I did not encounter when I was in Cheltenham but I have found the photo below at cinematopia.co.uk) is in danger of being demolished and in particular the friezes of two naked ladies which adorn its frontage may be lost to Cheltenham.
The link in the comment – which I repeat here – is to a petition to save the friezes (- and I would hope the whole building.) I urge anyone interested in Art Deco to sign it, as I have.
Posted in Fife, War Memorials at 1:00 pm on 23 July 2014
Despite the demolition of the Regal Cinema (two posts ago) I was able to take some photographs in Leslie. The War Memorial is in a lovely situation by the Green. It’s a simple tapering obelisk.
Great War names are in the cartouches on all four sides. The Second World War names are on the base plinth on the south and north sides.
At the top of the memorial here is the word “Sacrifice.” “Duty,” “Valour” and “Endurance” surmount the other three faces.
Posted in Art Deco, Cinemas at 9:51 pm on 21 July 2014
Today we strolled around the small town of Leslie in Fife, hard by Glenrothes.
The last time we were there, a good few years ago now – probably before I had a digital camera, I’m sure the old cinema was still standing. Today it was a gap site. I’ve no idea when the building was demolished but it’s a shame, as the following image (from the Scottish cinemas website) shows.
I had hoped to photograph it myself but no chance now. The logo below is on the same page of the Scottish Cinemas website.
Posted in Art Deco, Bridges, Trips, War Memorials at 12:00 pm on 9 July 2014
On our way back home we stopped briefly to walk on to the bridge over the mouth of Loch Leven at Ballachulish. The good lady bagged these two photos first.
Looking back towards Loch Linnhe from Ballachulish bridge:-
Loch Leven from Ballachulish bridge:-
Having time to spare and it being a lovely evening we decided to take the long way round the loch through Kinlochleven.
There used to be an aluminium smelter at Kinlochleven for which its own (hydroelectric) power station was required. As a result Kinlochleven became the first village in the world to have every house connected to electricity, coining the phrase “The Electric Village.” The smelter shut down in 1996. The photo below is of the power station outflow.
Hills (and bridge over the River Leven) at Kinlochleven:-
From the bridge above I could see a chippy with an Art Deco style frontage. The photo was taken from a distance so it was difficult to tell if the business is still going.
Situated on the outskirts of the village on the southern edge is the War Memorial; a simple Celtic cross on a stepped pyramidal base. Dedicated to the men of Kinlochleven who gave their lives in the Great Wars, 1914-18, 1939-45:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Trips at 12:00 pm on 28 June 2014
There isn’t much to do at Mallaig – or Malaig as the signs have it. (It seems a bit pointless to have the name repeated only without an “l” but bilinguality seems to be important once you get to Crianlarich – or A’ Chrìon Làraich if you prefer.)
Mallaig’s raison d’être was herring fishing. That’s why the railway was run into there in the first place. I can remember the fish trains rumbling past my boyhood home in the wee hours. Now the herring fishing has gone but I believe prawns have taken their place, shipped all over Europe – by lorry.
Mind you I did buy a book. There’s a building directly opposite the station which among other things houses a second hand bookshop. There is a “first hand” bookshop further into the town but it had mostly touristy books.
There were the expected tourist outlets and several cafes and restaurants, some of which doubled up as chippies, plus a Co-op.
We had nearly two hours to kill though.
The Marine Hotel is just across the access road to the station. I leave you to decide if it’s Deco or not:-
We wandered round the coast road a bit. This is a panorama of the harbour from the other side of the bay. (To get to the larger version on my flickr click on the picture):-
Walking back into the village I saw this intriguing building on the harbour entrance. This side is a fishselling business:-
The building is quite big. The other side is/was a cafe and a ship chandler’s. The cafe bit was closed so may be defunct.
Not content with three business premises the side facing the harbour provides shipping services:-
This is a panorama of the other side of the bay from the harbour entrance:-
The harbour mouth:-
You can just see a fisherman’s statue in the above. Beyond where I took the next one was permitted personnel only so I took this long shot:-
That was Mallaig.
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Trips, Woolworths at 12:00 pm on 18 June 2014
The town is cut off from Loch Linnhe by a dual carriageway. We walked along it the first evening and saw the Imperial Hotel. Lovely curved area with balcony above. Nice stepping on the roof line.
There are other decoish buildings on the High Street.
Could this once have been a Woolworths?:-
The next one looks flat-roofed. Windows have been altered:-
Mountain Warehouse. Minor Deco at best:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Trips at 12:00 pm on 17 June 2014
Our destination was Fort William (or, as the signposts have it, An Garasdean. No prizes for working out it’s Gaelic for garrison.) The first thing I noticed on entering Fort William proper was the rounded extension to the hotel here.
The Bank of Scotland building on the High Street:-
A shop called Aroma – more likely 60s or 70s than deco:-
Rear extension to Edinburgh Woollen Mill, off High Street:-
Posted in Art Deco, Trips at 12:00 pm on 14 June 2014
Just after the A 85 turns right in Lochearnhead you can find this rather decrepit old garage in the thirties style which has hints of deco in the stepped frontage – and flat roof.
The photo below is of Loch Earn from Lochearnhead. Just a glimpse through the trees. The loch is much more visible from the A 85 as you drive along it.
Posted in Fife, Wild Life at 12:00 pm on 10 June 2014
Three photos taken from our back bedroom window.
Again the good lady nicked two of them first.
By the time of the third I’d opened the window and the hind was well aware we were watching her.
Posted in Curiosities, Fife at 12:00 pm on 9 June 2014
One of the strange delights of our new home is that Son of the Rock Acres is within walking distance (a couple of hundred metres or so) of an ancient stone henge. Two stones survive from the original outer circle of Balfarg Henge. The posts show where other stones once stood.
There is a central stone also remaining but that is flat. The modern posts follow the original circle. You can also see the ditch which formed the outer perimeter in the photo below and the fact that the henge is now surrounded by houses.