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Away Down South

The good lady and I are off gallivanting for a few days; from the 12th.

I don’t know how much contact with the internet I’ll have when we’re away – I’m not one for smart phones. (Or even a mobile come to that, except I carry one for emergencies.)

I’ve scheduled posts for every day up till Sunday, though.

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

Milngavie War Memorial

I photographed the War Memorial for Milngavie and District when I was over in Dunbartonshire for the Raith game at the end of the season.

The memorial is set in a sort of square just off the town centre. The inscription reads, “Nobly they kept alight the lamp of liberty.”

Milngavie War Memorial

I think the figure is holding a dove of peace in her hand but it’s hard to be sure.

Milngavie War Memorial Side View

Neidpath Castle

The castle is just west of Peebles above the banks of the River Tweed. It looks very imposing from the far (south) bank.

This was taken from the north bank:-

An attempt at an arty shot through the branches:-

Aberdeen’s Art Deco Heritage 5: Union Street

While we were in Aberdeen we thought we’d have a look at the shops.

The main street, Union Street, had a couple of Art Deco frontages. I just photographed the upper portions as I couldn’t get back far enough to avoid pedestrians/traffic getting in the way and the lower bits were modernised glass anyway.

I most say deco looks a bit weird in granite.

Dyce War Memorial

On our trip up north we stayed overnight in Dyce.

The War Memorial is tucked away up a side street and acts as a roundabout. It’s dignified; in the cenotaph style.


Word War 1 names are on the sides. The reverse commemorates World War 2 and mentions one Corpl Isabella Ross.

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 35: Peterculter

After Banchory we headed for Aberdeen and passed through Peterculter.

I spotted this former cinema, now a Chinese Restaurant:-

The ridging in the stonework is good as is the curved stepping.

Across the road and up a bit there was the building below, which may once have been a bank but is now a funeral director’s. Strong horizontals and verticals and a hint of a canopy:-

Then there was Café Bombay:-

Not a bad haul of Deco for what is effectively a village.

Stafford (i)

On the way back to Scotland we stopped off at Stafford for a break.

The place is festooned with Art Deco.

This is the Edinburgh Woollen Mill:-

And here’s a detail:-

This is the upper frontage of the Nat West Building:-

This is another shop’s frontage:-

Here’s Marks and Spencer’s (a stitch of two photos):-

Art Deco, or at least 1930s, style shop upper window. The glazing looks original to me. Possibly Critall. Good brickwork too.

A pub/restaurant called Casa. Perhaps modern but has deco style

Great Book Cover

We were in Buckingham on a Saturday morning. There was a market. Some of it was vegetables and fruit etc but further on towards the old jail there were several stalls selling antiques/junk etc. A couple of them were bookstalls. The good lady bought a watering can with a hole in it – to use as a planter – and four books. She also persuaded me to buy The Splendid Book for Boys, typical 1950s boys book fare, whose cover I show below along with the two (facing) Contents pages which I had to scan separately as together they were too big to fit the scanner.

Nice space rocket!

When I get round to reading the book I’ll also post the interior ilustrations of the SF story.

Buckingham

After we left Bicester we made our way to the hotel we’d booked in Buckingham.

The town has a swan for its symbol. In golden form it appears as a finial (it looks too big and heavy to be a weathervane) on the roof of the Town Hall.

The town centre is pleasant with a mediæval castle-type building which was also once the town jail.

The Sainsbury’s Local (On the road in) has a look of Deco about it. There are good horizontals in the brickwork and stepping on the roofline.

The shop has been blended in well with the flat-roofed thirties house to its left.

There is a lovely Art Deco frieze on the wall of The Buckingham School, a Sports College. Note the swan logo. I assume the BCC stands for Buckingham County Council.

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