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Grootegast, The Netherlands

Grootegast is in Groningen province.

This house (flats?) has a definite Art Deco feel especially in the rounded window elements:-

Art Deco Style House, Grootegast, The Netherlands

Other angle:-

Art Deco Style, Grootegast, The Netherlands

A more typical Dutch style house:-

House in Grootegast, The Netherlands


House Detail, Grootegast, The Netherlands

Grootegast War Memorial. From distance:-

Grootegast War Memorial From Distance

Closer view:-

Grootegast War Memorial

Memorial pedestal:-

Grootegast War Memorial

Dutch East Indies Memorial:-

Grootegast War Memorial

Post World War 2 the Dutch made a doomed attempt to hold on to their Far Eastern colonies. As did the French. And, eventually, the British.

Doezum, The Netherlands

Doezum is a village in the province of Groningen, The Netherlands. Travelling through it I spotted this Art Deco style house:-

Art Deco House, Doezum, Groningen, The Netherlands

Front view. Espaliering of fruit trees in the front garden:-

Front View, Art Deco House, Doezum

Other view. Note rounded corners with fairly elaborate brick finials on top:-

Other View Art Deco House, Doezum

There was a further deco style house on the other side of the street:-

Doezum Art Deco Style

Again the detailing on the house roof corners was delightful:-

Doezum Art Deco Detail

Doezum War Memorial. In Memoriam 1940-45. Again the Dutch style wreaths are distinctive:-

Doezum War Memorial

Doezum War Memorial 2

Drachten, Friesland, The Netherlands

Drachten is a sizable town in the province of Friesland in The Netherlands.

Like most Dutch towns (I concede Frisians might not quite consider themselves Dutch) it contains buildings which verge on Art Deco in style:-

Building in Drachten, The Netherlands

Drachten, The Netherlands

I liked these stained glass windows:-

Stained Glass, Drachten, The Netherlands

It’s the curve that gives this the deco look but the rest seems too modern:-

Deco Style, Drachten, The Netherlands

These houses have the look:-

Deco Style Houses, Drachten, The Netherlands

This is certainly more like it. Art Deco “rule of three” in the windows, plus the roofline stepped at the ends and the detailing in the brickwork:-

Art Deco Style, Drachten, The Netherlands Drachten 13

Surhuisterveen, Friesland, The Netherlands

I have posted about Surhuisterveen before, here and here.

This May we were there again and I saw some deco style buildings I’d missed in 2104.

Deco Style in Surhuisterveen 1

Detailing on roof corner:-

Deco Style in Surhuisterveen Detail

This former bank is a modern building but with decoish aspects:-

Deco Style in Surhuisterveen 33

Aspect round the corner:-

Deco Style in Surhuisterveen, Gable

Deco style stained glass window. Mondrian-like:-

Deco Style in Surhuisterveen 5

We had arrived just in time for Dutch Remebrance Day (May 5th I think.) I prefer their wreaths to the British poppy-heavy ones:-

Surhuisterveen Remembrance Wreaths


On our way back from Ypres to the north of The Netherlands we stopped off at the small town of Naarden.

It’s a stunning place, built as a fortress surrounded by fortifications which stick out into a canal acting as a moat giving the whole the appearance of a many pointed star – and apparently only the one road in or out crossing the moat/canal.


It has typical Dutch streets. The day we visited was a national holiday by the time we got there it was late afternoon so it wasn’t very busy.

Naarden 1

Right by the church was this statue of the man known as the father of modern education, Jan Comenius, who is buried in Naarden:-

Statue of Jan Comenius, Naarden, Netherlands

Here’s a flavour of the fortification earthworks and surrounding canal/moat:-

Naarden Fortifications Stitch

Naarden Fortifications 6

Naarden Fortifications 5

Naarden Fortifications 4

Some of the houses had an Art Deco feel, especially in the stained glass, but which may have been just Dutch:-

Naarden Stained Glass Window

Naarden Stained Glass Window

Naarden Stained Glass

There was more than a hint of deco about this doorway canopy and fanlights in “rule of three”:-

Naarden Art Deco Style

I think this may have been the old gateway to the town:-

Naarden 14

A delightful wee place, but it’s not as unique as you might think. There is another such canal/moat surrounded Dutch town. Its near the German border and called Bourtange; but we didn’t get to there.

Art Deco Style Building, Zonnebeeke

I couldn’t help noticing this very deco looking (or possibly Frank Lloyd Wright influenced or maybe it’s just Belgian) building when we passed through Zonnebeeke in Flanders. The tower behind belongs to the Church of our Lady:-

Art Deco Building, Zonnebeeke, Flanders, Belgium

Art Deco Building, Zonnebeeke,

Imagine my surprise when I got round to the front and discovered it houses the Passchendaele Research Centre which seems to be part of the Passchendaele Memorial Museum. Note the “rule of three” in the windows – and even in what looks like a cold frame below them:-

Art Deco Building, Zonnebeeke

Other angle:-

Art Deco Building Zonnebeeke

From rear:-

Art Deco Style Building, Zonnebeeke

Unfortunately I couldn’t get an uninterrupted view of the frontage due to the parked van:-

Art Deco Style Building, Zonnebeeke

Art Deco in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Bury St Edmunds has a smattering of old buildings in the Gothic style but also some Art Deco. This is a very thirties Marks & Spencer:-

Bury St Edmunds, Marks and Spencer

Betfred has Art Deco leanings in the slight overhangs:-

Betfred, Bury St Edmunds

But the exemplar has to be The Works, which exhibits the rule of three in the windows which in addition have great deco glass, with sunburst effect above:-

The Works, Bury St Edmunds


The Works, Bury St Edmunds, Window

End window detail:-

The Works, Bury St Edmunds, Detail

The Works was right beside this Tudor/mediæval style building which now houses W H Smith’s:-

W H Smith's, Bury St Edmunds


Next stop after King’s Lynn was Thetford, still in Norfolk. It is the birthplace of Thomas Paine, writer of the Rights of Man and one of the inspirers of the American Revolution.

His statue is prominent in the town:-

Thomas Paine Statue,Thetford, Norfolk

This Memorial to the men of the 359th Fighter Group, 8th US Air Force, was close by:-

Thetford US Air Force Memorial

On the way in we had passed this brick-built Art Deco Fire Station:-

Thetford Fire Station

Could this once have been a Woolworth’s?

Poundland, Thetford

Though there were folks around we didn’t hear anyone speaking English for about ten minutes:-

Thetford 4

Someone though had been watching Dad’s Army:-

J Jones, Butcher, Thetford

Thetford War Memorial:-


Great War dedication:-

Thetford Great War Memorial Dedication

1939-45 dedication:-

Thetford War Memorial 1939-45

Prominent poppy above door; even more so on chimney on Royal British Legion building:-

Thetford, Royal British Legion

Café Society

Gravier Productions, Perdido Productions. Directed and written by Woody Allen.

Off at the unusual hour of 11 am to the local “Art House” cinema where about thirty to forty brave souls were gathered to watch Woody Allen’s latest.

And what a treat to the eye it was. From the first scene – a Hollywood party – we were drenched in Art Deco and the thirties. Lovely sets and costumes.

Booby Dorfman moves from New York to find work. After first being given the run around by his uncle Phil, a powerful agent, he is eventually given a dogsbody role. Phil asks his secretary Vonnie to show Bobby the town and of course Bobby falls for her. Vonnie is though, embroiled in a clandestine affair with Phil. Meanwhile back in New York Bobby’s brother Ben has forged a career as a gangster.

The working out of the relationships eventually leads to Bobby returning to New York to run a (legitimate) nightclub for Ben, where a few years later the past in the form of Vonnie and Phil intrudes to complicate things.

This is no Blue Jasmine but was a worthwhile experience all the same. A few Allen style jokes are thrown in though I was slightly disturbed by the ethics of playing gangland murders for laughs.

Once again from the opening titles this could not be mistaken for anything other than a Woody Allen film, the font of the titles, the (wonderful) jazz soundtrack, the worldview. It was none the worse for that.

It was unusual to see Ken Stott (playing Bobby’s dad) as a Jewish New Yorker but all the performances were excellent.

Art Deco in King’s Lynn (vi)

Fenton Insurance. Lovely sweeping curve and canopies over windows and door:-

King's Lynn Art Deco

Corner detail:-

King's Lynn Art Deco Corner Detail

In need of some tlc, though:-

Deco Building's Wall, King's Lynn 32

Fine lettering and flagpole holders on this brick-built garage.
(Photo snatched – not by the driver – through car window while awaiting traffic light to change):-

Brick-Built Art Deco King's Lynn

Second snatched photo:-

King's Lynn Brick-Built Deco

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