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Art Deco in Lockerbie

Lockerbie in Dumfries and Galloway is, alas, more well-known for the disaster of Pan-Am Flight 103, than its former sheep-marketing prominence.

I found two Art Deco style buildings.

The former cinema, The Rex, now no longer used. Photos of the cinema in better days are here:-

Lockerbie Cinema

A corner location, now used by The Original Factory Shop:-

Lockerbie Corner Shop

Corner aspect:-

Lockerbie Corner Shop, Corner Aspect

Gatehouse of Fleet

Gatehouse of Fleet is a village in the region of Dumfries and Galloway in southwest Scotland. It is situated near the mouth of the Water of Fleet accessed by a small detour from the main A 75 road.

Heading north up the main street you come to the War Memorial which is in the form of a Celtic Cross surmounting a plinth.

War Memorial, Gatehouse of Fleet

The inscription reads, “In honour of the men from Anwoth and Girthon who fell in the Great War,” with “lest we forget” below the names:-

Gatehouse of Fleet War Memorial

Names on plaque on reverse – all for the Great War:-

Gatehouse of Fleet War Memorial 3

The World War 2 plaque is on the side of the Memorial:-

Gatehouse of Fleet War Memorial World War 2 Plaque

Reverse view:-

Reverse View, Gatehouse of Fleet War Memorial 5

Carrying on via the B 727 you pass this Art Deco style house which still seems to have the original windows. They look like Critall ones to me, anyway:-

Art Deco House, Gatehouse of Fleet

Further on still is this quaint turreted house:-

Turreted House, Gatehouse of Fleet

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 50: Kirkcudbright Art Deco Creamery (Now Lost)

I had seen a photograph of this on flickr a few years ago and resolved to look for the building when I next visited the town.

I couldn’t see hide nor hair of it.

It seems the creamery has been closed, demolished and replaced by housing.

That original photograph I saw is at https://flic.kr/p/5mGw8B

At the first link above I also found this photograph:-

Kirkcudbright milk plant

There are three more here.

I’ve also found a video of the abandoned interior with one external shot at the end. It seems the video’s makers had no authorisation to enter the premises:-

And this one shows the demolition:-

Depressing.

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 49: Kirkcudbright

I found two Art Deco styled buildings in Kirkcudbright. There was one I didn’t though. I’ll save that for a later post.

Here are the two I found.

First the Co-op:-

Art Deco Co-op, Kirkcudbright

The former Post Office:

Former Post Office, Kirkcudbright

Detail:-

Detail, Post Office, Kirkcudbright

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 48: Tongland Power Station

Not the sort of thing you really expect to come across on rounding a corner in rural Scotland. An Art Deco/Modernist Power Station.

Tongland Power Station, part of the Galloway hydro-electric power scheme, is in Dumfries and Galloway on the A711 between Castle Douglas and Kirkcudbright.

Tongland Power Station, Dumfries and Galloway

Frontage:-

Tongland Power Station Front Elevation

Reverse view:-

Tongland Power Station, Reverse View

Vehicle entrance gates:-

Tongland Power Station Gates

Detached building and what looks like a huge water tank:-

Part of Tongland Power Station

Dumfries Art Deco (iii)

An Art Deco corner, Dumfries, Marchbank Bakers:-

Art Deco Corner, Dumfries

Around Corner, Art Deco, Dumfries

Former County House:-

Art Deco Former County House, Dumfries

Former County House, Dumfries,  Art Deco

Art Deco – and more – in Castle Douglas

Castle Douglas is a small town in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. (I have seen the town’s name translated into French as Chateau Sans Chien. You have to be Scottish to get this. Castle Dug-less.) It has quite a few examples of more or less deco style.

Nikos Greek Restaurant:-

Nikos, Castle Douglas

Door detail, Nikos Greek Restaurant:-

Door Detail, Nikos, Castle Douglas

A former bank now a kids (clothes?) shop:-

Former Bank, Castle Douglas

Fine carved detailing round and above door on former bank:-

Door Detail, Former Bank, Castle Douglas

Telephone Exchange. Pity the windows’ eyes are poked out on this building:-

Castle Douglas Telephone Exchange

Castle Douglas Library is housed in a rather fine old building:-

Castle Douglas Library

Architecture in Wick, Sutherland, Scotland

On the way up to Orkney in June (posts, passim) we had time to stop off in Wick, Sutherland.

It has some Art Deco buildings! (Well, styling anyway.)

Bank of Scotland:-

Bank of Scotland Building, Wick, Sutherland

Detail:-

Art Deco Detail, Bank of Scotland, Wick

Minor deco style in De Vita’s:-

De Vita's, Wick

Another Bank. The TSB:-

TSB, Wick

A more modern building. It looked as if it was unfinished inside:-

Modern Building, Wick

Wick’s Wetherspoon’s is more traditional in construction:-

The Alexander Bain, Wick

Wetherspoon’s usually names its pubs after a local person of repute. This plaque on a wall round the corner told of Bain’s accomplishments:-

Alexander Bain Plaque, Wick

Birsay, Orkney

The parish and village of Birsay lies at the northwestern end of the mainland of Orkney.

Just off the mainland is the Brough of Birsay. Brough means island:-

Brough of Birsay, Orkney

A causeway allows access to the island at low tide. You can just see the causeway under the water’s surface to the middle left of the photo. The island has a Stevenson lighthouse on it.

Rocks and a standing stone at Birsay:-

Rocks at Birsay, Orkney

More rocks and a small bay at Birsay:-

Rocks and Bay at Birsay, Orkney

The remains of the Palace of a notoriously harsh Earl of Orkney are the main attraction in Birsay itself.

From road in:-

Earl's Palace, Birsay, Orkney, from Road in.

Reverse view:-

Earl's Palace, Birsay, Orkney

Interior 1:-

Earl's Palace, Birsay, Orkney Interior 1

Interior 2:-

Earl's Palace, Birsay, Orkney, Interior 2

Interior 3:-

Earl's Palace, Birsay, Orkney, Interior 3

We did wander round the graveyard of St Magnus Church, and took a walk down to the beach behind it.

Ahoy, Hoy!

Ahoy-hoy was the suggestion of the inventor of the telephone Alexander Graham Bell for the greeting people should use when answering the telephone. I couldn’t avoid thinking of it as we approached the island of Hoy across Scapa Flow on the ferry crossing from the terminal at Houton to Lyness.

Hoy from ferry:-

Hoy from Ferry across Scapa Flow)

Approaching Lyness:-

Approaching Hoy from Ferry across Scapa Flow

Plaque at Lyness Ferry Terminal commemorating the salvaging of ships from the scuttled German High Seas Fleet in Scapa Flow. Apparently the metal from the ships found use in the space programme as it was uncontaminated by radioactive fallout:-

Plaque at Lyness Ferry Terminal, Hoy, Orkney

Old Fortified Building on Hoy seen from Lyness Naval Cemetery. This must have been to do with either or both of the World Wars:-

Old Fortified Building on Hoy

The Hoy Hotel. Art Deco/Moderne style. We met an Australian photographing the building. He had come to Hoy as that was his surname:-

The Hoy Hotel, Hoy, Orkney

Photo in the Lyness Naval Museum of the Garrison Theatre, Hoy, built by the Royal Marines. Now no more except for the foyer:-

Lost Art Deco on Hoy

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