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Wenlock Priory

Wandering about Much Wenlock we saw signs to Wenlock Priory which is also known as St Milburga’s Priory.

It’s a ruin now, in the hands of English Heritage, but still quite impressive.

Wenlock  Priory Board

As you go in you walk past this ruined building. Photo taken looking back:-

Ruined Part of Wenlock Priory

This is the other main ruined building with a more modern structure also in the picture:-

Wenlock Priory

Through the archways seen above:-

Part of Wenlock Priory, Much Wenlock, Shropshire

One of the walls is highly decorative:-

Wenlock Priory

A reverse view:-

Ruined Buildings, Wenlock Priory

To left of above:-

enlock Priory Building

Priory with topiary in front:-

Wenlock Priory

Topiary animals:-

Topiary Animals, Wenlock Priory

Topiary animal:-

MoreTopiary, Wenlock Priory

Art Deco Style House, Pant, Shropshire

And so, on the morning after the semi-final we motored towards Powis Castle on the A483 between Oswestry and Welshpool.

Just on the English side of the border I spotted this house in the village of Pant. I had to stop for a photo or three:-

Art Deco Style House, Pant, Shropshire

Closer View:-

Closer View, Art Deco Style House, Pant, Shropshire

Frontage. The windows were surely once Critall but at least some (most) have been replaced:-

Art Deco Style House, Pant, Shropshire

From right:-

Art Deco Style House, Pant, Shropshire from Right.

Art Deco in Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury tends to the quainte and olde worlde. Well, it’s an old market town.

I did find some Art Deco though.

I spotted this garage on the approach to the town centre. Typical 1930s Deco styling:-

Art Deco Garage, Shrewsbury

This shop is nearer the centre. Rule of three in the windows (which unfortunately have been “modernised”). Pediment on roofline:-

Art Deco Shop, Shrewsbury

Art Deco Shop Terrace. Again modernised windows but the roofline fits the deco bill:-

Art Deco Shop Terrace, Shrewsbury 1

Art Deco Shop Terrace, Shrewsbury 2

Another shop. Stepped roofline, white rendering, window proportions:-

Another Art Deco Shop, Shrewsbury

Marks & Spencer. Art Deco style here. Mainly in the window proportions:-

Marks & Spencer,Shrewsbury

Market Hall Clock Tower. Clock face is deco-ish:-

Shrewsbury Market Hall Clock Tower

Art Deco in Oswestry

As a town, Oswestry in Shropshire, England, may have seen better days. A lot of the buildings in the town centre looked tired.

The former Regal Cinema certainly has the deco look, though it’s now what looks like a hairdresser’s plus a Factory Shop. The original glazing would have looked better but the replacement windows are adequate:-

Art Deco Former Cinema, Oswestry 5

Reverse view. The canopy and roofline above are good features:-

Reverse View, Former Regal Cinema, Oswestry

Could this once have been a Woolworths? It’s now a Poundland anyway. And a Pep & Co:-

Art Deco Shop, Oswestry

Frontal view:-

Art Deco Poundland, Oswestry

The Sports Direct has also seen better days:-

Another Tired Art Deco Shop, Oswestry

British Heart Foundation:-

Art Deco Shop in Oswestry

Older Penrith

Penrith, Cumbria, is remote enough from major population centres to have retained some elements of ye good olde days.

Just look at this Drapers, Costumiers and Milliners. Not to mention Furriers, Dressmakers, Shirt Specialists:-

Old Style Shop Lettering, Penrith

And Carpet, Curtain and Linoleum Furnishing Warehouse:-

Penrith Old Style Shop Lettering

A High Class Drapers no less – and a Silk Mercers, Hosiers and Glovers, Irish Household and Fancy Linen Warehouse:-

Old Style  shop

A real throw-back. Not that most of those trade lines will still be ongoing I’d have thought.

You can see from this the shop front faces on to a square of sorts:-

Old Style  shop front

A bit further on in the town lies this Chemist’s. Cowper’s. 1930s style lettering. I can’t quite decide if the whole is deco or not:-

Cowper Chemist's, Penrith

In St Andrew’s Churchyard lie a good many graves, including the “Giant’s Tombstone”. This is supposedly the grave of Owen Caesarius, king of Cumbria between 900 and 937 AD:-

Giant's Tombstone

Giant’s grave stones:-

Giant's Grave Stones

Giant’s Tombstone in Penrith, Viking hogback stones:-

Giant's Tombstone

More Art Deco in Penrith

This is now a B&M Bargains but may once have been a Woolworths. It has that look:-

Art Deco Shop, Penrith

Eden Rural Power:-

Art Deco Building, Penrith

Reverse view. Art Deco rule of three in upper front and lower side windows:-

Penrith Art Deco Building

Doors on the Alhambra Cinema:-

Art Deco Cinema Door, Penrith

Seen in an antique shop/yard. An old advert for Critall Windows, which were the height of Art Deco style. (The link contains all my mentions of Critall Windows):-

Advert for Critall Windows

Burton’s, Penrith

In all our travels down to England we had never stopped at Penrith, Cumbria, till February last year. We also made a stop there in September 2018 when we went down south again. Photographs were taken over the two visits.

It’s a compact town with some individual shops but some chain ones too.

Like many other towns Penrith’s Burton’s building is typically Art Deco:-

Burton's, Penrith

Corner view from south-west:-

Burton's Corner, Penrith

Corner view from north-west:-

Burton's, Penrith, Art Deco Shop

Art Deco detail:-

Art Deco Detailing, Burton's, Penrith

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 43: Stonehaven (ii)

On the way up to Peterhead we stopped at Stonhaven again.

I took a few more photos of that Art Deco terrace of shops.

Art Deco Corner, Stonehaven, Again

Corner shop entrance. Good curved glass:-

Art Deco Shop Entrance,Stonehaven

Slightly different view compared to my other shot of this terrace of shops (see link above):-

Art Deco Shops, Stonehaven

Deco windows:-

Art Deco Shop Windows,Stonehaven

St Drostan’s, Markinch

Markinch is the nearest small town to Son of the Rock Cottage. It was once the capital of Fife where in mediaeval times justice was administered. Its most prominent landmark is St Drostan’s Church whose tower dates back to the 12th century.

St Drostan’s in the snow:-

St Drostan's in the snow

St Drostan’s from Glass Street:-

Markinch Kirk

Slains Castle

On the way back down from Fraserburgh and Peterhead we decided to take a look at Slains Castle, just on the coast near Cruden. Apparently this is New Slains Castle as there is an older Slains Castle nearby.

Bram Stoker visited the castle in its heyday and is said to have used it as a model for Dracula’s castle in his novel.

It is quite atmospheric and spooky from a distance:-

Slains Castle

Closer view:-

Slains Castle

The interior is open to the elements:-

Slains Castle Interior

Landward side:-

Slains Castle

Seaward side:-

Slains Castle

An interior wall. (This looks much more recent):-

Slains Castle Interior Wall

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