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Edinburgh Castle Esplanade

As well as the Ensign Ewart Memorial there are four other memorials to British (make that Scottish) regimental involvements in various wars. Three of them can be seen on the right and one on the left in this view of the castle from the esplanade.

Edinburgh Castle From Esplanade

The first was erected in 1861 to the memory of the 256 men from all ranks of the 78th Highlanders (78th Regiment of Foot) who died during the Indian Mutiny. Pity about the traffic cone in the foreground!

78th Highlanders Memorial Edinburgh Castle Esplanade

The second was erected in memory of the men of the Scottish Horse who died in the South African War (the Second Boer War.)

Memorial to Scottish Horse, Edinburgh Castle

The thinnest one is to the memory to the men of the 72nd Highlanders who died in the Afghan War 1878-80. That was the Second Anglo-Afghan War. (Despite “Never Invade Afghanistan” being Harold MacMillan’s first rule of politics there have now been no fewer than four Anglo-Afghan Wars.)

72nd Highlanders Memorial, Edinburgh Castle Esplanade

The Memorial on the south wall of the castle Esplanade is to the Gordon Highlanders who died in the Second Boer War, the South African War, 1899-1902.

Gordon Highlanders Memorial, Edinburgh Castle Esplanade

This detail shows a fine stag’s head.

Gordon Highlanders Memorial Detail

The entrance to the castle itself is flanked by statues to Scotland’s two great warrior heroes, Bruce and Wallace,and surmounted by the Royal Emblem (the Lion Rampant) and motto, Nemo Me Impune Lacessit.

Edinburgh Castle Entrance

Wandering Light

I posted about my favourite painting in Kirkcaldy Art Gallery, Spring Moonlight by John Henry Lorimer, a while back. One of the things that makes it so effective is the way that light seems to shine out of the two table lamps depicted.

Well, I was in Edinburgh last week and to kill some time visited the Scottish National Gallery and in their Scottish section (for some reason tucked away in a basement at the back) and saw another painting that captures light wonderfully well, Wandering Shadows by Peter Graham.

Once again the reproduction here (from BBC Your Paintings) doesn’t do the painting justice but in the gallery the patches of light on the hill on the left were incredibly realistic.

Wandering Shadows by Peter Graham:-

Wandering Shadows

Edinburgh’s Art Deco Heritage 14: Queensferry Road

This first one is directly on Queensferry Road.

A strange mixtue of styles but that rounded corner element is very deco:-

This one is back from the road. This photo was taken over the front wall:-

View showing bay window. Pity the windows have been replaced.

West side view:-

Rear window. Great stained glass here which must be original. Difficult to photograph from the access road through the foliage:-

West side view.:-

Detail of ladder leading up to roof:-

Front entrance and bay window.:-

Front entrance. Delightful square windows here:-

Edinburgh’s Art Deco Heritage 13: Edinburgh Sports Club

This is a mainly 1930s sports club building situated just beside the Water of Leith off Belford Road near the Gallery of Modern Art. That newer entrance spoils it somewhat. The photo is a stitch to get it all in.

Far end view:-


Strong horizontals and verticals here. The canopy is good, and the blue highlighting. The windows have that “eyes poked out” look though.

Side view:-


The detailing on the main wall is good. That extension is a bit bland though.

Canongate War Memorial, Edinburgh

In October I was in Edinburgh three Saturdays in a row. The third was the only one where I didn’t go to a football game. Instead the good lady and I went to view Gladstone’s Land, wandering the Royal Mile first.

The Canongate Memorial is a plaque set into the wall of the Tollbooth in Canongate, towards the bottom of the Royal Mile. Canongate was at one time a separate burgh from Edinburgh which is why it has its own memorial.

This contains WW1 names only. The WW2 dead are commemorated in Canongate Kirk.

Edinburgh’s Art Deco Heritage 11: The White House (Craigmillar Roadhouse)

I first knew about this building a while back (east Edinburgh’s answer to the Maybury Roadhouse in the west) and had found this photo on flickr:-

The White House had obviously been “let go” and was badly in need of attention. I had always meant to seek it out but never got round to it.

However, when we left the Great Tapestry of Scotland we headed for IKEA. Not too familiar with the roads on Edinburgh’s east and south sides I got into the wrong lane and ended up traversing parts of the city we had never seen. I turned on to a main(ish) road and suddenly saw a stunning Art Deco building. I stopped at the first opportunity, leapt out of the car and photographed it. It wasn’t until I got home I discovered The White House is the Craigmillar Roadhouse newly refurbished by the local community. And marvellously so.

That curved corner sweeps pleasingly. Pity the modernised windows don’t quite look the part.

Here we have the frontage. Note triangular(ish) chimney column:-

Main Entrance. The angled stepping on the canopy support here is good and note the sweep of the far corner:-

The detailing around and above the side door here matches that of the main entrance:-

This view shows the double chimney at front and stepped chimney stack to rear matching the stepping on the frontage:-

And… Just over the road from the White House was this minor piece of thirties architecture. Now a Londis I think.

Great Tapestry of Scotland and Edinburgh’s Art Deco Heritage 10: TSB Bank London Road

A couple of weeks ago, mostly on the good lady’s volition, we travelled to see the Great Tapestry of Scotland which was on show at the Scottish Parliament building. Its exhibition there finishes sometime in September and it will eventually end up in Melrose when the new rail line to the borders is complete.

It’s quite an impressive collection – of embroidery rather than tapestry but Hey-ho – of over 100 panels stitched by volunteers from round Scotland each one illustrating a piece of Scottish history.

I may get round to posting other views of the panels but this one featured Dumbarton Rock, which in 870 AD (or 870 CE if you prefer) fell to the Vikings:-

on the way back to where we’d parked I captured the building below on pixels. I’d passed it many times before in the car but never stopped near enough by. It’s the TSB bank in East Norton Place (London Road) Edinburgh.

The pillars on the corners are good. The street sign on the bank also says East Norton Place. From the other side the pillars are again stand outs. The style of the number 30 is nicely deco too.

Edinburgh’s Art Deco Heritage 9: Nicolson Street

I spotted these windows the last time we were in Edinburgh.
They are at the start of Nicolson Street, just after South Bridge travelling south.
They seem to belong at the moment to a restaurant called Spoon.
It’s the overall shape plus the bend to the frontage that gives the Deco feel.

Art Deco Style Windows, Edinburgh

The nice stained glass detailing is more Art Nouveau than Deco however.

Restaurant windows, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s Art Deco Heritage 8: George Street

I spotted this when we were at the book sale in Edinburgh on the 11th May. It has the look of deco about it. From this angle the stepped back roof isn’t too apparent.

Art Deco Style Building, George Street, Edinburgh

It abuts the very deco Capital Building on the corner of St Andrew’s Square.

There’s another very geometric building on its other side.

Modern Deco Style, George Street, Edinburgh

A bit too much glass to be true deco but there are lots of strong horizontals and verticals.

Here are the two from an angle which also shows the Capital Building on the extreme left and the roof stepping.

Art Deco Style, George Street, Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s Art Deco Heritage 7: Rose Street

A difficult one to photograph this as Rose Street is so narrow. I took this photo a couple of years ago. I thought I had posted it here but, on checking, it seems I hadn’t.

So. Here it is now.

Art Deco Building Rose Street, Edinburgh

This is the doorway. Definite deco features. Photo taken last Saturday.

Art Deco Doorway, Rose Street, Edinburgh

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