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Verdant Works, Dundee

The Verdant Works Dundee is a museum of the city’s heritage of jute production, housed in a former jute mill. It’s somewhere we had meant to visit for a while but when we’re in Dundee we’re usually busy doing something else or going on somewhere else. The cruise ship docking there gave us the opportunity to pop in for a look.

The guide was a former jute worker who operated all the machinery for us. The noise of each one was very loud. Considering that the machines are only third-size it made you realise what a cacophony the real environment with twenty or more carding, rolling, spinning etc machines on the go must have been. Many people went deaf.

Jute bales:-

Jute Bales, Verdant Works, Dundee

Interior from upper floor:-

Interior, Verdant Works, Dundee

Verdant Works ceiling:-

Verdant Works, Dundee, Ceiling

Upper floor and ceiling. The wood is lovely:-

Ceiling, Verdant Works, Dundee

Beam engine which used to power the machines:-

Beam Engine, Verdant Works, Dundee

Photo in the Verdant Works of the Art Deco Taybank Jute Works, Dundee, Spinning Department, opened 1949. I have photographed this building myself in 2009.

Taybank Jute Works, Dundee

Stained Glass Windows, Glasgow Cathedral

Glasgow Cathedral (see previous post) has some lovely stained glass windows:-

Stained Glass 1

Stained Glass 2

Stained Glass 3

Stained Glass 4

stained glass 5

There was also a stained glass Millenium window but my pohoto didn’t turn out well. There are some images of it here, though.

Glasgow Cathedral (Cathedral of St Mungo/St Kentigern)

We’ve passed this many times on our way into Glasgow, to the People’s Palace, the Barras or the city centre but had never stopped for a look till December 2018.

Glasgow Cathedral

If you look closely you can see a lamppost in the above photo. This is a close up showing the Glasgow Coat of Arms in the loop at its top:-

Glasgow crest on Lamppost

The Cathedral is dedicated to St Mungo otherwise known as St Kentigern. His tomb is in the cathedral crypt:-

St Mungo's Tomb

Stone rood screen – unique we were told:-

stone rood screen


medieval roof

A rather ornate side altar:-


Kneelers Glasgow and Highland Light Infantry Coats of Arms:-

Kneelers, Glasgow Cathedral

Kneelers, Highland Light Infantry and Church of Scotland Coats of Arms.

Kneelers in Glasgow Cathedral

Chinese Room, Willow Tea Rooms, Buchanan Street, Glasgow

One of Charles Rennie Mackintosh‘s designs for Miss Cranston’s Tea Rooms.

I featured the exterior and lower tea room with one photograph of the Chinese Room here.

Mackintosh chair halfway up stair to Chinese Room:-

C.R. Mackintosh chair

View of Chinese Room from stairs:-

Chinese Tearoom

Alcove above stairs:-

The Willow Rearooms alcove

View from above stairs:-

Chinese Room, Willow Tea Rooms, Buchanan Street, Glasgow

View back to stairs:-

Chinese Room, Willow Tea Rooms, Buchanan Street, Glasgow

Mackintosh print, tea-room tables, menu and chairs:-

Chinese Tearoom

Demi-lune chair opposite till:-

Willow Tea Rooms Demi-lune Chair

Not the Chinese Room:-

Willow Tea Rooms Chairs

Interior, Scottish Records Office

The Scottish Records Office is at the east end of Princes Street Edinburgh and holds the National Records of Scotland. The good lady wanted to make use of it to research the case of one of her collateral ancestors who was tried for sedition and transported to Australia for nothing more criminal than campaigning for the right to vote. (This was for the ordinary man at a time when electors were landowners only.) The actual office is behind the equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington but I didn’t photograph the outside

At the time we visited the interior was undergoing some refurbishment so I wasn’t able to get the angles I wanted but I was till able to see part of this ornate dome:-

Dome, Scottish Records Office

This other dome was shrouded in netting:-

Other Dome, Scottish Records Office

Statue/sculpture of King George III:-

Statue of King George III, Scottish Records Office

The books in this book stack are behind wire netting presumably to prevent people stepping off into the central portion:-

Book Stacks, Scottish Records Office

Scottish Records Office, Book Stacks

A stairwell:-

Stairwell, Scottish Records Office

And a stairway:-

Stairs, Scottish Records Office

Piece Hall, Halifax

On that trip to Halifax we ended up at the Piece Hall. We both thought at first it would be Peace Hall but of course it wasn’t. It’s a Georgian building in the shape of a quadrangle and dates from 1779.

We visited in November hence the Christmas sign:-

Piece Hall, Halifax, Entertainments

One side (the north one?) is higher than its opposite. You can see this if you compare the number of floors on the side to the left below compared to the one on the right:-

Piece Hall, Halifax

As can be seen from the photo below Halifax lies in a bowl of surrounding hills:-

Part of Piece Hall, Halifax

The Piece Hall was used as a market for fabric, mostly woven wool. The spaces where individuals sold their cloth are now taken up by a variety of traders including sweets, toys, antiques, books, clothes, curios, art reclamations etc.

This is one of the four colonnades:-

Piece Hall, Halifax, Colonnades

Pre-Christmas entertainment was provided by a brass band:-

Band at Piece Hall, Halifax

The massive and elaborately decorated pair of iron gates at the Piece Hall’s entrance were made by the Sun Foundry in Glasgow. When we were there they were set back against the wall to allow entry to the Hall so were difficult to photograph but they can be seen here along with more photos of the Piece Hall.

More Art Deco Style in Rochdale

In November 2018 we visited Rochdale for the second time.

I photographed two more Deco style buildings.

Former King’s Cinema later converted to Bingo but that has also closed and the building is now in a sad state of neglect:-

Art Deco Style Former Cinema, Rochdale

Former King's Cinema, Rochdale

Spotland Bridge. The unusual roofline, projecting beyond the slope of the roof, gives it the deco look:-

Spotland Bridge, Rochdale

Scone Palace

Scone Palace isn’t actually a palace but an old house, near the village of Scone itself near Perth, Perth and Kinross.

The name palace derives from the site being that of an Abbey with its accompanying Abbot’s Palace.

The Palace’s grounds contain the ancient coronation site of the Kings of Scotland where the Stone of Destiny, also known as the Stone of Scone, was situated on Moot Hill.

Scone Palace from drive:-

Scone Palace from Drive

Closer view:-

Scone Palace

Old gates. These are not on the main drive but nevertheless a few years ago some delivery driver tried to get through them and knocked the cebtral stones down. The arch has been well restored:-

Scone Palace Gates

Chapel on Moot Hill:-

Chapel on Moot Hill, Scone Palace

Chapel and Stone of Destiny, Moot Hill. You have to look really yard from this angle to see the Stone:-

Chapel and Stone of Destiny, Moot Hill, Scone Palace

Stone of Scone replica (or is it?) There have always been rumours that the stone Edward I of England removed to Westminster Abbey and on which the monarchs of England and, from 1701, the UK have been crowned was not the original:-

Stone of Destiny, Moot Hill, Scone Palace

Scone Palace is also renowned for its peacocks (and peahens):-

Peacocks, Scone Palace

They are reasonably tame and will eat out of your hand:-

Peacock Feeding, Scone Palace

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 44 (iii): Montrose, Union Place

A thirties pair of semi-detacheds near to Links Park. Pity its windows have been replaced. Typical 1930s style otherwise.

Art Deco Semis, Montrose


Front of Art Deco Semis, Montrose

From left:-

Art Deco, Montrose

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 62: Turriff

Turriff is a town in Aberdeenshire. We passed through it on our trip up north in October 2018 and stopped for a look around.

There were two buildings which had aspects of Art Deco.

Turriff Fish Shop/Bliss Gift & Flower Boutique. Horizontals, verticals, rule of three in windows. Decoration just below roof line:-

Art Deco Style, Turriff, Aberdeenshire

A much more borderline case. Grant Smith law practice. This may once have been a bank. It has that look:-

Leanings to Art Deco, Turriff

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