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 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.
Posted in Fife, War Memorials at 12:00 pm on 27 August 2013
The memorial is set by the A915 on the road from Leven up the Fife coast to Crail (or across Fife to St Andrews) just out of Lower Largo before the raod turns up to Upper Largo. The memorial obelisk is inscribed with the words, “To the Glorious Memory of the Men of Largo Parish who fell in the Great War,” and also bears the names of the First World War dead. The plaques on the wall behind give the names for the Second World War.
Below is a wider view showing more of the wall, which bears the dates 1939 and 1945, one at each end.
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Fife at 12:00 pm on 24 August 2013
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:-
Posted in Fife, War Memorials at 12:00 pm on 23 August 2013
The Fife town of Leven lies in Scoonie Parish. It is the dead of Scoonie Parish which the memorial commemorates.
The main memorial is an obelisk set in well kept surroundings and carries names of WW1 dead. The wall behind commemorates WW2.
Posted in Fife, War Memorials at 12:00 pm on 6 February 2013
Just over the road from the Douglas Arms in Methilhill, Fife, there is a side street which has a small War Memorial set in a small recess separated from an area of parkland by a fence.
The memorial is dedicated to those from Methilhill who gave their lives in the service of their country. There are no names on it. I assume these will be on the main Methil Memorial.
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Fife at 12:00 pm on 5 February 2013
Methilhill is a part of Methil, up from the main town and the sea and situated between the lower part of the town and the curve of the River Leven.
This is The Douglas Arms. (Poked out eyes again, sadly.)
This is a flat roofed extension to a house right next to The Douglas Arms.
It may have been deco once but is more likely just flat-roofed.
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Fife at 12:00 pm on 2 February 2013
Methil is one of those post-industrial towns which now litter Scotland. There is still some shipbuilding/oil related work going on there but, like most of Fife, Methil is somewhat down on its luck.
It does have Art Deco though. This building is on Wellesley Road. The red paint is the main deco feature as the eyes have been poked out.
Just along from it there is this pub on a corner, now looking for a new owner, which has deco detailing to the roofline.
Posted in Fife, War Memorials at 12:00 pm on 21 January 2013
Glenrothes is a new town situated in Fife. Building began there in the 1960s.
Consequently there is no War Memorial.
However a small memorial cairn has been erected by the Pitteuchar shopping area Community Centre hard by the car park.
On it are inscribed two names, Privates Mark Ferns and Scott McArdle. The date given for both is 2005.