Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Cruise, Modern Architecture, Trips at 20:52 on 23 January 2017
Our first cruise stop was in Lorient, Brittany, France. Almost the first thing we saw after making our way out of the port was this piece of Modern Art Deco:-
The style continued a bit further along:-
The same group of buildings from across an inlet of the river, Le Scorff, just beyond where the Black Watch was moored:-
The spire of this church kept catching my eye. It was ages before I found the street it was in. Eglise Notre Dame de Victorie St Louis, rebuilt 1953-5 after bomb damage during the war:-
The Body Shop:-
There is a slight Art Deco look, especially the porthole windows in the annexy bit, to this building at Lorient harbour, which from its appearance may date from the Second World War:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Edinburgh at 20:00 on 12 January 2017
Two bank buildings – one a former bank – in North West Circus Place, Edinburgh, near Stockbridge:-
Frontage, Number 15, North West Circus Place:-
Royal Bank of Scotland:-
Good cartouche above doorway and still deco style on the door itself:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Edinburgh at 10:00 on 12 January 2017
The Co-operative Food om Shandwick Place, Edinburgh:-
Upper levels. Rule of three in windows on either side of central portion:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Edinburgh at 12:00 on 11 January 2017
On corner of Princes Street and Hope Street.
From Shandwick Place:-
Note clock on corner. Rule of three on windows above:-
From Princes Street. gain rule of three on windows:-
Posted in Art Deco, Modern Architecture at 12:00 on 4 January 2017
My original post about this building is here.
Last May we stopped in there for a coffee and a cake.
The internal doors:-
Door and ceiling detail:-
Doors to café:-
Main room one angle:-
Main room second angle:-
Main room third angle:-
Red room. This was where we sat down:-
Red room other angle:-
Upper floor (i):-
Upper floor (ii):-
Exterior detail of side doorway:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, History at 10:00 on 21 December 2016
We passed through Knutsford on our way down south last year and it was only then that it struck us – when we saw an allusion to it on a building that it was named after Cnut Sveinsson aka King Canute or Cnut the Great, he who famously did not hold back the waves though it seems he was proving to sycophantic courtiers that he could not do that rather than attempting to show that he could.
We thought we’d stop for a look on our way back up this year.
This building had deco aspects in the rounded elements:-
And on the right here was the one next door:-
Tesla had deco styling on the pillar, canopy and roofline:-
One of my interests is the Festival of Britain so I found this plaque worthy of note:-
Knutsford is a typical English town with quite narrow streets. I don’t know why the bunting was out:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Trips at 10:00 on 18 December 2016
We stopped for the night just north of Nottingham and headed for Chesterfield in the morning as we knew from our previous visit it had a thriving street market as so many towns in England do.
Somehow I’d missed almost all the Deco in the town centre.
Note the beautiful detailing. Rule of three in the horizontal banding and great rectangle with diamond inlay pls horizontal banding throughout:-
McDonald’s has a hint of deco:-
Last time this was a nightclub called Escapade. Now it’s Department:-
Rule of three in the windows. Good brickwork:-
Again rule of three; at least in upper windows which don’t seem to have been replaced. Good horizontal banding:-
Deco corner site. Note the detailing between the upper and lower window layers especially on the unpainted brick gable:-
As is usual the town’s deco pièce de résistance is a former Burton’s (stitched photo) :-
In amongst all this modern stuff could be found Tudor style timbering. The Twelfth Century Royal Oak:-
And an old bus, destination Brampton. We’d pass through Brampton later:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, European Championship, Trips at 10:00 on 17 December 2016
We travelled up through Nottingham intending to stop at The Crown for dinner to see if it was as Deco inside as out. Unfortunately when we got out of the car in the car park the noise from inside was blaring and was therefore even worse when we opened the pub door. It also looked a bit rough. We decided to move on.
It wasn’t long til we came upon the Beechdale – another Art Deco pub, this time brick-built.
This is from the car park:-
We went into this one only to discover it was festooned with Saint George’s Cross flags. (It was in the run-up to the European Championships.) It didn’t look like Scottish sounding people would be very welcome. We opted for discretion and moved to the city centre where every single eating place had a bouncer on the door. That spooked us a bit. Yes, it was a Friday night but is Nottingham really such a dangerous place to dine out?
There was this delightful little Art Deco pub there that I spotted only after we’d already eaten. It didn’t look open anyway:-
Great detailing, with fox statue. The numbers are stylish too:-
Posted in Architecture, Bridges, Trips, War Memorials at 12:00 on 14 December 2016
The reason we swung by Saffron Walden again was to take a look at Audley End which we couldn’t fit in last time.
Audley End has been described as one of the finest Jacobean houses in England.
The hedge on the left above is a curious looking feature:-
Audley End’s grounds were laid out by Capability Brown – as these two photos – showing diffrent bridges – would suggest:-
During World War 2 the house was a training centre for the Polish contingent of the Special Operation Executive (SOE.) This memorial to the 108 members who died as a result of their service lies in the grounds to the front right of the house:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Trips at 10:00 on 12 December 2016
Our landfall in (and departure point from) The Netherlands was at the Hook of Holland (Hoek van Holland) via the ferry from Harwich.
Thee is a port building there which doesn’t seem to be used as a terminal any more but is impressively Art Deco in appearance.
From the River Maas:-
On the way back as we were waiting in the queue for boarding I managed to get two photos from which this is stitched:-
This one of its central roofline sculpture was snatched from the boat as it passed on departure:-
The town of Hoek van Holland is itself very tidy and neat (unlike Harwich on the other side which shows the civic neglect typical of the UK as a whole.)
There were two decoish buildings. In this one it’s the left hand window and its decoration, especially the stepping.:-
Deco corner. (Or maybe it’s just that Dutch Amsterdam style.) Pity the glazing has been updated:-
The doorway panel in the side street has great rule of three in the windows above the door and lovely detailing in the brickwork:-