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Minor Art Deco, Edinburgh

Edinburgh Art Deco Style – flat roof, cream render – as seen from car park of Modern Two, Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Art Deco Style

Edinburgh Art Deco Style

Markinch, Art Deco Style Former Church

In George Street, Markinch, is this former church building now a private house. It may have been a United Free Church.

Markinch, Art Deco Style Former Church

There’s rule of three in the (replaced) windows and 1930s style in the doors but the cross above the doors and the style of the portico both suggest deco.

There’s another photo of it on the web.

Spennymoor War Memorial

Spennymoor is a town in County Durham. We usually bypassed it on travelling to and from Barnard Castle but last December we decided to have a look at it on our way back from visiting Bowes Museum. Unfortunately the light was fading a bit by the time we did.

Spennymoor’s War Memorial stands at a road junction:-

Spennymoor War Memorial From Distance

Closer view:-

Spennymoor War Memorial

Dedication; above cross “Pro Dieu et Pro Patria.” Below cross, “To these men of Spennymoor district who fell defending our liberty let their names be cherished with gratitude and pride and the remembrance of their steadfast endurance and gallant sacrifice be enshrined in t e haerts of our people for ever
and let this land whose hearts they saved from shame for many and many an age proclaim eternal honour to their name.”

War Memorial, Spennymoor, Dedication

“The Glorious Dead” of the Great War. I Abley – J H Evans:-

War Memorial, Spennymoor

Below these are the names for World War 2:-

Spennymoor War Memorial Second World War Names

Great War Names K Farthing – F Perry above and a 2011 Afghanistan name below:-

Great War and Afghanistan Names Spennymoor War Memorial 6

Great War Names, J Perry – W Young:-

War Memorial, Spennymoor, Great War Names 7

Great War 100th Anniversary bench, litter bin and effigy of soldier:-

War Memorial Bench, Spennymoor

Former Town Hall. It still holds Town Council meetings but now houses an Art Gallery and various other outlets:-

Building, Spennymoor

Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

Bowes Museum is housed in an imposing building in Barnard Castle, County Durham:-

Bowes museum, Barnard Castle,

Bowes Museum and formal garden. Barnard Castle’s War Memorial is in the distance to the right here:-

Bowes Museum + Garden

Model of Bowes Museum inside museum:-

Model of Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

Topiary in formal garden. Barnard Castle War Memorial in background:-

Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Topiary in Formal Garden

Topiary from museum’s upper floor. Barnard Castle War Memorial to back left:-

Topiary, Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

Art Deco Church Building, Ponteland, Northumberland

Ponteland is a largish village in Northumberland, just northwest of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Beside the A 696 road into the town from the northwest lies an Art Deco style church building, St Michael’s Catholic Church.

Curved wall, rule of three in nearer windows, styling of cross:-

Ponteland, Northumberland, Art Deco Church

Curved exterior, canopy and roof line, styling of cross:-

Art Deco Church, Ponteland, Northumberland

Bankfoot, Ruined Church

We took a trip up to Dunkeld last November. I had previously noticed out of the corner of my eye a ruined church in the village of Bankfoot just off the A 9. This time we took the opportunity to pop into the village for a look.

It was apparently Auchtergaven and Moneydie Parish Church.

Bankfoot Kirk

There were lots of signs warning that the area wasn’t safe to enter.

Bankfoot Kirk 2

Speaking to a local we were told that the church had been reasonably intact until a few months before when sparks from a garden bonfire had drifted onto its roof and set it alight. Shame. I suppose it will have to be demolished now.

Bankfoot Kirk 3

Stairwell, Hill House, Helensburgh

One of the most emblematic “Mackintosh” style parts of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed Hill House is the stairwell. See link and posts passim.

Stairwell entrance:-

Entrance to Stairwell, Hill House, Helensburgh

Stairwell and window:-

Stairwell and Window, Hill House, Helensburgh

On right hand wall compared to above:-

Stair Window, Hill House, Helensburgh

Lamp above Stair Landing:-

Lamp above Stair Landing, Hill House, Helensburgh

Carpet on stair landing:-

Carpet on Stair Landing, Hill House, Helensburgh

Iconic Mackintosh chair design. On Hill House stair landing:-

Tall Chair on Stair Landing, Hill House, Helensburgh

Hill House, Helensburgh

Hill House in Helensburgh, Argyll and Bute, was designed by famous Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. His wife, Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, provided some of the interior designs.

Drawings of Hill House:-

Drawing of Hill House, Helensburgh

Another Drawing of Hill House, Helensburgh

The house was designed by Mackintosh for the publisher, Walter Blackie, (for whom Mackintosh also designed book covers.) Almost every aspect of the house is due to the Mackintoshes. Sadly it suffered from damp ingress and a cage has had to be erected to protect it until remedial steps can be taken to prevent water penetration.

Protectuive Cage Round Hill House, Helensburgh

Hill House, Helensburgh

Charles Rennie Mackintosh Designed Hill House, Helensburgh

The cage has, however, allowed a walkway to be built to give visitors unusual views of the house – and its roof. These show off some typical Mackintosh features:-

Roof View,  Hill House, Helensburgh

Hill House, Helensburgh, Roof

More of Roof,  Hill House, Helensburgh

Hill House, Helensburgh, Roof

Roof and Turret,  Hill House, Helensburgh

Part of Roof,  Hill House, Helensburgh

Gable End and Turret,  Hill House, Helensburgh

Hill House, Helensburgh, Roof and House

Arbeia Roman Fort, South Shields

Arbeia Roman Fort stood guarding the mouth of the River Tyne at what is now South Shields. Its now surrounded by housing on three sides but its remains have been excavated.

There is an exhibition centre but its entrance gate, Commandant’s House and a barrack block have been reconstructed. The entrance gate is particulalry impressive:-

Entrance Gate, Arbeia Fort, South Shields

Arbeia Fort, South Shields, Entrance Gate Building

Model of fort:-

Model of Arbeia Fort, South Shields

Information board:-

Information Board, Arbeia Fort, South Shields.

Arbeia Fort site from top of entrance gate, reconstructed barrack block and Commandant’s House to right:-

Stitch of Photos From Entrance Gate, Arbeia Fort, South Shields,

An excavated corner of the fort:-

Corner of Arbeia Fort, South Shields

Original columns, recosntucted entrance gate seen through them. When excavated the columns were lying on their side. They have been re-erected where they would have stood:-

Original Columns, Arbeia Fort, South Shields

Barnard Castle Interior (ii)

Between the Town Ward and Inner Ward of Barnard Castle there is a strange thing to find inside a castle’s perimeter: a valley, seen below with the modern wooden bridge across it.

Interior Panorama, Barnard Castle

This ruin is to the left as you look in the above photo:-

Barnard Castle Internal Ruin

Interior valley seen from the bridge:-

Interior of Barnard Castle,Teeside

Valley from above:-

Valley Inside Barnard Castle

North west corner building (circular tower to right):-

Barnard Castle, Corner Building

From top of circular tower:-

Interior of Barnard  Castle, Teeside

Weir and bridge over River Tees from the castle:-

Weir and Bridge from Barnard Castle

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