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Dundee’s Art Deco Heritage 8: Fairfield Social Club, Drumgeith Park

Again, I’ve passed this countless times on my way to and from Brechin but only stopped to photograph it in August last year.

From road – complete with skip:-

Fairfield Social Club From Road.

From access road – skip again:-

Fairfield Social Club, Drumgeith Park, Dundee

The entrance doors are decoish too:-

Fairfield Social Club Entrance

Side view:-

Fairfield Social Club Again

Rear:-

More of Fairfield Social Club

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 59: Ladybank

Ladybank is a village in Fife only a few miles away from Son of the Rock Acres. It’s no longer on the direct road north to Dundee so we don’t often go there.

It does, though, have a 1930s garage, now Ladybank Tyres:-

1930s Garage, Ladybank, Fife

It’s the stepped roofline that speaks for Deco:-

Ladybank, Fife, Art Deco Garage

Apart from the different-sized doors there’s also a nice symmetry to it:-

Art Deco Garage, Ladybank

Recognising Former Woolworths

Woolworths is now sadly long gone. However my eldest son actually worked in our local store during the company’s last days.

Like me he has preserved an interest in the company – and its former shops.

Through him I discovered this post from Historic England describing many of the features to look for.

Like him, I didn’t know about the lion heads.

After university I worked in Hertford for a couple of years. I must have seen that shopfront but I can’t remember doing so.

National Museum of Flight, East Fortune Airfield, East Lothian, Scotland.

I’d been wanting to visit the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune airfield, East Lothian, Scotland for ages. Last year we finally made it.

It has all the appearance of a Second World War airfield so familiar from films.

Buildings at National Museum of Flight

More Buildings, National Museum of Flight

National Museum of Flight, East Fortune

Control tower:-

East Fortune Control Tower

However, the airfield was first commissioned as a Royal Naval Air Station. This was the gate:-

Former Gates of East Fortune Airfield

The airfield’s complement was tasked with protecting shipping in the Firth of Forth and preventing airship attacks on Edinburgh or the navy and its base at Rosyth :-

East Fortune History

Hangar:-

Hangar, National Museum of Flight, East Fortune

Hangar Annexe, a Nissen Hut:-

Nissen Hut, A Hangar Annexe at East Fortune Airfield

Elcho Castle, Perth and Kinross

Elcho Castle sits almost on the banks of the River Tay a few miles south of Perth, Scotland. It’s quite an adventure getting to it as it involves going through a farmyard, then past a small stream and millpond.

It’s worth it when you get there though.

Elcho Castle

Elcho Castle

Tower:-

Tower, Elcho Castle

Castle from grounds:-

Elcho Castle from Below

Main staircase:-

Elcho  Castle

Main hall:-

Elcho Castle

Hall from above:-

Hall, Elcho Castle

Part of roof, plus chimney and turret. River Tay in background:-

Roof, Chimney, Turret, Elcho Castle

Roofs:-

Roofs, Elcho Castle

Part of roof from rooftop walkway:-

Part of Roof, Elcho Castle

Roof structure:-

Elcho Castle Roof Structure

Balgonie Castle

Apart from a henge (or two) it’s a toss-up whether the nearest ancient monument to Son of the Rock Acres is Falkland Palace or Balgonie Castle.

We’ve been to the Palace many times but only visited Balgonie Castle for the first time in June last year. The local Heritage Group had its last meeting of the season there with the permission of the Laird.

Balgonie Castle tower and entrance:-

Balgonie Castle

The Castle has of course been used in the TV series made from the Outlander books (it seems almost no castle in Scotland hasn’t.) This door by the pathway from the small car park emphasises the fact.

Balgonie Castle

I believe the castle is not open to visitors at the moment though.

That door is to the right of this part of the castle wall:-

Balgonie Castle Bastion Wall

The castle has been partially restored by the present Laird. Still-ruined portion from courtyard:-

Balgonie Castle, Ruined Portion from Courtyard

Tower from courtyard:-

Balgonie Castle

Part of courtyard wall. The flags are of Scotland and Texas. The Laird’s wife is from that US state I believe.

Balgonie Castle

Courtyard wall with wooden cloister:-

Balgonie Castle Courtyard Wall

Courtyard wall and well:-

Balgonie Castle

External stair from courtyard to main building:-

Balgonie Castle External Stair From Courtyard

Part of castle:-

Balgonie Castle

Coat of arms:-

Balgonie Castle Coat of Arms

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 58: Tillicoultry (ii)

In the same street as Devonvale Hall (Moss Road, Tillicoultry) there are lots of thirties semi-detached houses all with Deco styling.

Rounded bay window surrounds. Windows and door replaced though:-

Art Deco Features, Moss Road, Tillicoultry

Art Deco Semi-detached  Moss Road

Moss Road, Tillicoultry, Art Deco Features

More Art Deco,  Moss Road, Tillicoultry

Moss Road, Tillicoultry, Art Deco

Art Deco,  Moss Road, Tillicoultry Again

In Devonvale Crescent:-

Semi-detached, Devonvale Crescent, Tillicoultry

Gatepost in Ann Street:-

Art Deco Gatepost, Ann Street, Tillicoultry

Gatepost with house:-

Semi-detache  Ann Street, Tillicoultry

Another Deco gateway in Ann Street:-

Another Deco Gateway, Ann Street, Tillicoultry

House and gateway, Ann Street:-

Ann Street, Tillicoultry, Thirties Semi-detached House

House at corner of Moss Road and Ann Street:-

Art Deco Style Moss Road and Ann Street, Tillicoultry

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 58: Tillicoultry (i)

Tillicoultry is in the heart of the country,* in Clackmannanshire.

Devonvale Hall in the town’s Moss Road is a belter of a 1930s building.

It looks like the windows were originally Critall but have been replaced.

Devonvale Hall, Tillicoultry

Name cartouche:-

Devonvale Hall, Tillicoultry, Name Cartouche

Offset view:-

Offset View, Devonvale Hall, Tillicoultry

Side windows:-

Side of Devonvale Hall, Tillicoultry

*Scots among you with long memories may remember this as a tag-line for a TV ad for a furniture retailer local to Tillicoultry.

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 57: Girvan

From Glenluce we travelled up the Ayrshire coast, heading home.

On entering Girvan I spotted this building. The various verticals and horizontals, the “rule of three” in the windows, the canopy and the stepped roofline all make this building shreik Deco.

Art Deco Building, Girvan, Ayrshire

Glenluce Abbey

Glenluce Abbey, a former Cistercian building, lies a couple of miles or so from the village of Glenluce in Dumfries and Galloway. It is yet another historic site in the region.

Glenluce Abbey

Glenluce Abbey Ruins

Outbuildings:-

Outbuildings, Glenluce Abbey

Glenluce Abbey Outbuildings

Part of Abbey:-

Part of Glenluce Abbey, Glenluce

This view shows the rebuilt cloister:-

Glenluce Abbey

Which you can also see below:-

Glenluce Abbey Ruins

Ruins, Glenluce Abbey

Showing Abbot’s “House.” That small buiding to the centre right. It’s tiny inside and he’s supposed to have slept upstairs. The floors have gone and there’s no sign of stairs. He must have needed a ladder.

GlenluceAbbey

Arches:-

Glenluce Abbey, Arches

Night stair:-

Night Stair, Glenluce Abbey

Window in arch. Note flower growing from bottom left corner:-

Window, Glenluce Abbey

There were plants “climbing” the walls:-

Flwering Plants, Glenluce Abbey

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