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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

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 54: Fraserburgh

And so it was on to Fraserburgh where I found three Art Deco buildings:-

An undeniably Deco Garage, built in 1927, now sadly disused:-

Art Deco Former Garage, Fraserburgh

In the main street. The building now houses Iceland:-

Art Deco Iceland, Fraserburgh

This oaybe later than Art Deco’s high period but there is rule of three in the windows plus strong verticals and horizontals:-

Art Deco Shop, Fraserburgh

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 53: Peterhead (iii)

Art Deco Building, Peterhead. Now home to Superdrug:-

Art Deco Building, Peterhead

Art Deco Former Pub, Peterhead. Next to former Regal/Kingsway cinema, Marischal Street:-

Art Deco Former Pub, Peterhead.

Once the Drummer’s Bar, now unoccupied:-

Art Deco (Former) Pub, Peterhead

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 53: Peterhead (ii)

The Regal/Kingsway Cinema, Marischal Street, opened 1939, stopped showing films before 1970.

High Art Deco stepping and verticals. Rule of three in separate verticals:-

Former Regal/Kingsway, Cinema, Peterhead

Former Regal/Kingsway Cinema, Peterhead

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 53: Peterhead (i)

I found several Art Deco buildings in Peterhead including two former cinemas in the style.

This one was the Playhouse (opened in 1931, finally closed 1999) in Queen Street:-

Former Playhouse Cinema, Peterhead

(Stitch of two photos to get it all in. It’s not really curved.):-

The Playhouse, Peterhead

This photo is taken from the Scottish cinemas website

The Playhouse, Peterhead

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 52: Ellon

Ellon (see previous post) has one piece of minor Art Deco, now housing both The Bridge Bar and – of all things – an Indian Restaurant, Nasheen Indian Cuisine.

The stepped roofline is about it for deco touches. The Indian architectural style embellishment above the restaurant’s door must be recent.

Art Deco Indian Restaurant and Bar, Ellon

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 51: Laurencekirk

Laurencekirk is a small town in the former Kincardineshire in north-east Scotland, now administratively part of Aberdeenshire. We dropped by there on our way up to the cup tie at Peterhead last year (which sadly was postponed so I missed one of our few wins last season.)

Kincardineshire lies in the Mearns, so splendidly delineated in the fiction of Lewis Grassic Gibbon who lived in nearby Arbuthnot.

I was quite surprised to see a minor example of Art Deco there, Hantons Garage:-

Hantons, Laurencekirk

Frontage. Stepped roofline, rule of three in central first floor windows:-

Hantons, Laurencekirk Frontage

Clearly no longer in use as a garage but the Clydesdale Bank sign marks the presence of a cashpoint so it seems it still serves the town:-

Hantons, Laurencekirk Again

Jedburgh

Jedburgh isn’t just worth visiting for the Abbey. There are some other interesting buildings in the town.

Unfortunately I couldn’t get far enough away to frame all of Bridewell Jail – now the Sheriif Court House.

Lower portion of Bridewell jail. Pity about hte traffic cones:-

Jedburgh Jail

Bridewell Jail Tower:-

Jedburgh Jail Tower

Here’s an interesting feature; vertical sundials on a house wall:-

Jedburgh, Vertical Sundials

Jedburgh has a Jacobite connection. This plaque lets us know Bonnie Prince Charlie woz ‘ere.

Jedburgh, Jacobite Connection

That lad got everywhere.

So too it seems did Mary Queen of Scots. This is her house in Jedburgh:-

Queen Mary's House, Jedburgh

We hadn’t known this was there till we walked past a sign post for it it on the way from the car park to the Abbey. It’s well worth a look outside and inside.

Jedburgh Abbey

Jedburgh’s main attraction is undoubtedly its mediæval Abbey, founded as a Priory in 1138.

From west:-

Jedburgh Abbey

From northeast, nearest to the town. Jedburgh’s War Memorial is to the left and down a bit, here:-

Jedburgh Abbey, from Northeast

Model (in visitor centre) of Abbey circa 1510:-

Jedburgh Abbey Model

South doorway, restored I think. Lovely detailing:-

Jedburgh Abbey Doorway

South Aspect. Stitch of two photos. The Abbey isn’t curved in reality:-

Jedburgh Abbey South Aspect

Nave and tower:-

Jedburgh Abbey Nave

Tomb. The aisle contains tombs/graves of the Earls of Lothian:-

Jedburgh Abbey, Tomb

Ceiling. It’s not a hammerbeam roof and probably not original. (And I didn’t get it focused):-

Jedburgh Abbey Wooden Ceiling

For more views of the Abbey nip over to the good lady’s blog at piningforthewest.co.uk.

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