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Aberdeen’s Art Deco Heritage 7: City Centre

I have already posted soem photos of Deco in berdeen city Cantre but in Jani=uary last year we were up there again and I found some more.

Former Amicable House. I think I showed this here, but this is my own photo. Horizontals, verticals, flagpole, rule of three in windows (which have been poked out unfortunately):-

Former Amicable House, Sberdeen

Capitol building. Stitch of two photos. Some Art Deco styling here:-

Capitol Building, Aberdeen

Detail. Rule of three in windows, deco style cartouches:-

Detail Capitol Building, Aberdeen

High deco light fttings and interior doors, Capitol building, Aberdeen:-

Doors and Light Fittings Capitol Building, Aberdeen

Art Deco Doors and Light Fittings

Art Deco, Aberdeen

Unfortunate relections in this one:-

Art Deco Reflections, Aberdeen

Dunnottar Castle (iv) – Surroundings

Waterfall by Dunnottar Castle from approach path:-

Waterfall by Dunnottar Castle

Cliffs to south from approach path:-

Cliffs from Path near Dunnottar Castle

Rocks below Dunnottar Castle:-

Dunnottar  Castle rocks

Cliffs to north and sea inlet, from Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven War Memorial on hilltop:-

Cliffs and Sea Inlet from Dunnottar Castle

Stonehaven War Memorial on hill:-

War Memorial from Dunnottar Castle Castle

After our visit to Dunnottar Castle we took a footpath which (eventually) leads to Stonehaven. This afforded more views of the northern cliffs:-

Cliff View  from Dunnottar path

And of the Castle looking back:-

Dunnottar Castle, From Path to Stonehaven

Dunnottar Castle, from North

Dunnottar Castle view

Northern cliffs again:-

Dunnottar Castle, cliffs, Aberdeenshire

Dunnottar Castle (iii)

Cistern in courtyard. This ensured the castle’s water supply:-

Cistern, Dunnottar Castle

Cistern from upper floor of main building:-

Dunnottar Castle Cistern from Upper Floor

Interior (with windows):-

Interior, Dunnottar Castle

Window seat:-

Dunnottar Castle  windowseat

View from a window:-

Window, Dunnottar Castle,

Sundial and Lintel:-

Dunnottar Castle, Sundial and Lintel

Sundial and coat of arms information board:-

Dunnottar Castle, Sundial and Coat of Arms

Fireplace. Inscribed, “In commemoration of the defence of the honours of Scotland Sep 1651 – Aug 1652 by George Ogilvy of Barras, Governor of Dunnottar and of the help given by his wife Elizabeth Douglas and her kinswoman Anne Lindsay.” Scroll down for the story.

Dunnottar Castle chair + Fireplace

Part of Restored Ceiling (Regi et Regno):-

Part of Restored Ceiling, Dunnottar Castle

Restored ceiling (In Defens):-

Dunnottar Castle  restored ceiling 1

Dunnottar Castle (ii)

Castle buildings:-

Dunnottar Castle

Part of Dunnottar Castle

Castle Building, Dunnottar Castle,

Small window in above:-

Small Window, Dunnottar Castle

From sea end of site:-

Dunnottar Castle Interior

Courtyard area from outside its wall:-

Dunnottar Castle , Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Remains of chapel:-

Dunnottar Castle Chapel

Interior of chapel:-

Chapel, Dunnottar Castle,

Remains (with arch; garden area in foreground):-

Part of Dunnottar Castle

Garden area with buildings beyond. (Stonehaven War Memorial on hill in background):-

Dunnottar Castle, Interior Ruins

Buildings (chapel to right):-

Buildings inside Dunnottar Castle

Late afternoon shadows (sea beyond):-

Part of Dunnottar Castle and Sea Beyond

Dunnottar Castle (i)

Dunnottar Castle lies just south of Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire. We had been meaning to visit there for some time but it wasn’t till January last year we finally made it.

Dunnottar Castle from approach path:-

Dunnottar Castle from path

Dunnottar Castle from Approach Path

Dunnottar Castle

As luck would have it we visited the National Gallery of Scotland shortly after and saw this stunning painting of the castle by Waller Hugh Paton:

Dunnottar Castle

As you can see it is perfectly situated from a defensive point of view, as it is perched on a rock poking out into the sea.

Castle entrance:-

Dunnottar Castle  entrance

Pattern in Stones on path leading up to castle:-

Pattern in Stones, Dunnottar Castle,

There’s a small tunnel like construction to go through before you reach the interior and the castle buildings:-

Dunnottar Castle from path

St Peter’s Church, Monkwearmouth

Our friend, who grew up in Roker, (yes where the famous stadium was situated) took us to local landmark St Peter’s Church, Monkwearmouth, one of the oldest in England, which is associated with the Venerable Bede of whom I read once that he astonished his contemporaries by being able to read without sounding out the words. (Or was that St Augustine?)

St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth

West Door (now not used):-

West Door, St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth

Side view. The stone courses on the ground mark out the original extent of the church buildings:-

Monkwearmouth St Peter's Church

Model of St Peter’s Church, Monkwearmouth, plus Viking Longship:-

Model of St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth, plus Viking Longship

Ceiling above chancel:-

Ceiling, St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth

Stained glass window, and altar:-

Stained Glass Window, Altar, St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth

Roll of Honour:-

Roll of Honour, St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth

Effigy of Baron William, builder of nearby Hylton Castle. The Hyltons were one of the Great Families of the Parish as in the notice:-

Hilton Effigy, St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth

The Hilton effigy information:-

St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth Effigy Plaque

Art Deco in Sunderland (ii)

Former Woolworths building Sunderland:-

Art Deco Former Woolworths, Sunderland


Detail Art Deco Ex-Woolworths, Sunderland

Full frontage. Stitched photo. The curve is an artifact:-

Frontage Ex-Woolworths, Sunderland

Marks and Spencer. Horizontals, verticals:-

Marks and Spencer, Sunderland, Art Deco

Frontage. Stitch of two photos. The curvature is an illusion:-

Marks and Spencer, Sunderland, Art Deco

Art Deco in Sunderland (i)

Late in the day we got into Sunderland city centre. There was some Art Deco. I don’t know what this building housed originally but it was a Wilko’s in Dec 2019.

Rule of three in windows, rounded corner, white rendering, roofline, flagpole:-

Art Deco Building Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

Side of building. Verticals, horizontals, rule of three in some of the glazing, columnar windows:-

Side of Art Deco Building, Sunderland,


Frontage of Art Deco Building, Sunderland

Other side of Building:-

Art Deco Wilko's ,Sunderland

City Library and Art Centre. Horizontals, verticals, rule of three, roofline detail:-

Art Deco City Library and Art Centre, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear,

This was hastily snapped in poor lighting I’m afraid. Horizontals, verticals, some rule of three. Now a British Heart Foundation furniture and electrical charity shop:-

Art Deco, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear,

Bishop Auckland War Memorial, Auckland Tower, Mining Art Gallery

Bishop Auckland‘s War Memorial lies in Market Place, a very short walk from Auckland Castle. It is inscribed, “1914 – 1919. To the men of Bishop Auckland who fought and fell in the Great War their fellow citizens have erected this memorial,” with below, “1939 – 1945. In memory of those who in a later generation made the same sacrifice as those to whom this memorial was erected.”

Bishop Auckland War Memorial

Bishop Auckland War Memorial from west (Auckland Tower – part of the Auckland Project – behind. Unfortunately it was too windy that day for us to be allowed access to all of the Tower but it is possible when conditions are calmer.) This side of the Memorial is inscribed, “Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends,” with the additional dedication below, “1950 – 1953. In memory of those who gave their lives in the Korean War.”

Bishop Auckland War Memorial From West

From North. The inscriptions read, “God made trial of them and found them worthy of himself,” and, “2001 – 2004. In remembrance of those who gave their lives in the Afghanistan conflict.”

Bishop Auckland War Memorial from North

War Memorial from east. Inscribed, “The souls of the righteous are in the hands of God,” with, below, “1982. In remembrance of those who gave their lives in the Falklands conflict.” The entrance to Bishop Auckland’s magnificent Mining Art Gallery – also part of the Auckland Project – can be seen to the right here:-

War Memorial, Bishop Auckland, from East

Auckland Castle (ii)

I posted photos of the exterior of Auckland Castle/Palace and of its chapel here.

Proceeding from the chapel into the Palace proper you come into the impressive Bishop’s Throne Room:-

Bishop's Throne Room, Auckland Castle

Fireplace and painting:-

Fireplace, Bishop's Throne Room, Auckland Castle


Ceiling,  Fireplace, Bishop's Throne Room, Auckland Castle

The Castle/Palace interior has been updated/redecorated over the years and some of the older fixtures and fittings have been kept.

Old wallpaper:-

Old Wallpaper,  Auckland Castle

Fireplace, chairs and table:-

Fireplace + Chair,  Auckland Castle,

Fireplace tiles:-

Fireplace Tiles,  Auckland Castle,

I can’t now remember if this stained glass window was in the chapell or elsewhere:-

Stained Glass, Auckland Castle

Eventually the route through the Castle takes you to the Dining Room where the Zurbaran paintings are kept.

Dining Room:-

Dining Room, Auckland Castle

Dining Room linoleum:-

Auckland Castle, Dining Room Linoleum

Dining Room Ceiling:-

Dining Room Ceiling, Auckland Castle

Zurbarans Information Board:-

Zurbarans Information, Auckland Castle

The last of the rooms accessible to the public is the 1930s study of the then bishop:-

1930s Study, Auckland Castle,

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