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Reading Room, Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden

We were told Gladstone read about 300 books a year. They know this because he made notes on them.

That’s almost one a day! Substantial books too. And he managed all that while he was Prime Minister.

There are books on lots of subjects in the Reading Room of Gladstone’s Library which also contains his cabinet, housing objects he held in special regard.

Gladstone’s Cabinet, Reading Room upper floor railings and windows:-

Gladstone's Cabinet, Gladstone’s Library

From right hand side + windows and upper floor of Reading Room:-

Gladstone's cabinet and Reading Room windows

Contents of Gladstone’s Cabinet:-

Contents of Gladstone's Cabinet, Gladstone’s Library

Gladstone's Cabinet Contents 2

Ceiling of Reading Room:-

Gladstone’s Library Reading Room Ceiling

Lower floor, with view of upper gallery:-

reading room lower floor

Stairs to upper floor:-

reading room lower stairs

Gladstone’s Cabinet from upper floor of Reading Room (plus a beardie bloke reading a periodical):-

Reading Room and Gladstone's Cabinet, Gladstone’s Library

Lower Floor from upper floor:-

Reading Room, Gladstone’s Library, Upper and Lower Floors

Upper floor and part of vaulted ceiling:-

Gladstone's Library, reading room ceiling supports

Upper floor:-

Upper Floor, Gladstone’s Library Reading Room

Upper floor bookshelves. (The library has its own idiosyncratic cataloguing system – devised by Gladstone as I recall):-

Reading Room, Gladstone’s Library, Upper Floor

areading room book shelves

Gladstone’s Library Reading Room Upper Floor

Theology Room, Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, Wales

The library parts of Gladstone’s Library are reminiscent of Walter Scott’s home at Abbotsford but a bit grander. The larger of the two is the Theology Room, which, as its name suggests, mainly houses Gladstone’s collection of books on theology and religion.

Book racks, windows and gallery:-

Book Racks and Windows, Theology Room, Gladstone’s Library

The ceiling is impressive but the photo is badly focused, I’m afraid:-

Ceiling, Theology Room, Gladstone’s Library

Gallery support, complete with carving:-

Gallery Support,  Theology Room, Gladstone’s Library,

View to part of gallery:-

Upper Floor,  Theology Room, Gladstone’s Library,

A selection of periodicals on display:-

Periodicals,  Theology Room, Gladstone’s Library,

Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, Wales

Last September we made a trip down south, mainly for the good lady finally to see Rye in East Sussex.

However, our first stop was at Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, Flintshire, Wales. Yes, it was William Ewart Gladstone‘s Library (his second in fact, his first was a tin tabernacle on the same site) but it also now doubles as a hotel and meeting/conference site.

Stitch of main building frontage:-

Gladstone's Library stitch

Ground floor corridor to Gladstone Room:-

Corridor in Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, Wales

On the wall of the Gladstone Room was a photograph of the original tin tabernacle library:-

original Gladstone's Library 1

Gladstone Room:-

Gladstone Library, drawing  Room

Gladstone Room

Gladstone Room

The other end of the corridor leads to the Theology Room where Gladstone’s books on Theology are kept:-

Gladstone’s Library, Corridor + Door to Theology Room

Cockenzie House

Cockenzie House is a mansion House in the town of Cockenzie and Port Seton, East Lothian, which we visited in September last year as they were hosting a small antique Fair in Cockenzie House.

Cockenzie House

In its grounds there is an unusual memorial – to Cockenzie Power Station – which stood in the town and whose twin towers could be seen for miles around and were even prominent from Fife across the Firth of Forth. It was built in 1968 and demolished in 2015.

Cockenzie Power Station Memorial:-

Cockenzie Power Station Memorial

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 6 (v). Carron Restaurant, Stonehaven, Porch

On our visit to the Carron to Mumbai Restaurant We were seated in a corner but we soon discovered it was near to the main entrance. At a break I took the opportunity to photograph the porch.

Railings by steps up to door:-

External Railings, Carron Restaurant

Exterior curved wall and glazing:-

Carron Restaurant, Stonehaven Exterior

Upper glazing on porch:-

Glazing on Upper Porch, Carron Restaurant

External flooring:-

External Flooring, Carron Restaurant, Stonehaven

One of the windows:-

Carron Restaurant, Stonehaven, Glazing

Exterior far wall (I have photographed this from the other side):-

Exterior Wall, Carron Restaurant, Stonehaven

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 6 (iv). Carron Restaurant, Stonehaven, Interior

On the way down from Peterhead we made our way to the revamped Carron Restaurant, Stonehaven, now trading as an Indian Restaurant under the name Carron to Mumbai.

We came in through the Evan Street entrance (which is photographed in this post) through a bar area.

Bar area looking back towards Evan Street:-

A Bar, Carron Restaurant, Stonehaven

We then walked down a corridor lined with Art Deco posters. After surrendering our coats to be hung up we entered the restaurant proper.

The glazing is superb – and still original!:-

Windows, Carron Restaurant, Stonehaven

Carron Restaurant, Stonehaven, More Windows

Ceiling and view down to far right wall:-

Ceiling, Carron Restaurant, Stonehaven

Mirror (Picasso mirror?) on near wall:-

Mirror, End Wall, Carron Restaurant, Stonehaven

Main bar and Art Deco clock:-

Main Bar and Clock, Carron Restaurant, Stonehaven

Floor centrepiece:-

Floor Centrepiece, Carron Restaurant, Stonehaven

Internal door (to toilet):-

Internal Door, Carron Restaurant, Stonehaven,

Wall tiles inside toilet:-

Wall Tiles, Carron Restaurant, Stonehaven

Wall tiles and towel rail:-

Wall Tiles and Towel Rail, Carron Restaurant, Stonehaven

View from toilet back to mirror wall:-

View Towards Wall Mirror, Carron Restaurant, Stonehaven

What a visual experience! The food was very good as well. If you’re ever in Stonehaven you must take this in.

Tolquhon Castle

On the way up to Peterhead we also stopped at Tolquhon Castle near Ellon in Aberdeenshire. The access road is quite narrow but still fine. The castle itself is fairly typical but has an impressive entranceway.

Tolquhon Castle, Aberdeenshire

Tolquhon Castle, Aberdeenshire

Tolquhon Castle Entrance

Castle Information Board showing how it looked back in the day:-

Tolquhon Castle Information Board

Castle courtyard:-

Tolquhon Castle Courtyard

Information diagram:-

Tolquhon Castle, Diagram

Entrance from above:-

Tolquhon Castle Entrance from Above

Courtyard from above entrance:-

Tolquhon Castle, Courtyard from above Entrance


Fireplace, Tolquhon Castle

Part of interior (with another fireplace):-

Tolquhon Castle Interior

Window and window seat:-

Tolquhon Castle Window and Window Seat

Courtyard from above looking back towards entrance:-

Tolquhon Castle, Aberdeenshire

Steps up to solar:-

Tolquhon Castle, Aberdeenshire

Unusual Shop Window, Berwick

A stunning piece of window glazing on The Brewer’s Arms, Berwick-Upon-Tweed. There’s almost a hint of Deco on the building’s upper portions and roofline.

From south(ish):-

Shop Window Glass, Berwick

From north:-

Window Glass in Berwick Shop

Windows close up:-

Shop Window Glass, Berwick

Methven and Methven Castle

Methven is a village directly west of Perth, Perth and Kinross. It was the site of a small battle during the Scottish Wars of Independence but the exact location is uncertain, though there is a signpost on the main road pointing in its direction.

Methven Kirk and Graveyard:-

Methven Kirk and Graveyard

Lynedoch Mausoleum is a small building in the kirkyard:-

Lynedoch Mausoleum (by Methven Kirk)

Methven Castle is a seventeenth century house to the east of the village and is privately owned but can be seen from the road:-

Methven Castle, Perth and Kinross

Methven Castle in its landscape:-

Methven Castle, Perth and Kinross, in its Landscape

Methven Castle and Outbuilding

Ukrainian War Chapel, Hallmuir, Dumfries and Galloway

This chapel was built by Prisoners of War at Hallmuir near Lockerbie in Dumfries and Galloway.

These prisoners had been in the Wehrmacht units recruited from locals after the Germans invaded Ukraine (perhaps thinking that Ukraine would be better treated by the Nazis than the Soviets) and who subsequently surrendered to the Western Allies in 1945 in Austria.

Like the Italian Chapel on Orkney the interior is sumptuous – see Undiscovered Scotland’s website page on the chapel here.

The Ukrainian Chapel didn’t seem to be open when we dropped in on our way back home from Annan but it was worth seeing.

Ukrainian War Chapel, Hallmuir, From Side

Ukrainian War Chapel, Hallmuir, Dumfries and Galloway

Near it there is a memorial cross. The stone to the bottom has, “Precious memories of a dearly loved husband always in my heart,” inscribed on it:-

Cross, Ukrainian War Chapel, Hallmuir

Beside it there is a dedication stone, inscribed, “This cross is dedicated to those who gave their lives for freedom,” then some Cyrillic script, “Поляглим За україну,” which means, “Fallen for Ukraine,” then 27th May 1947-2007.”

Cross Memorial Dedication, Ukrainian War Chapel, Hallmuir

For some odd reason, in the same grounds as the chapel there is a relic of Halcrow Greyhound Stadium:-

Greyhound Track Booth, Hallmuir, Dumfries and Galloway

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