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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.

Glasgow’s Art Deco Heritage 19: Kilmarnock Road

The taller one to the right is a bit worse for wear now.

Art Deco Buildings, Kilmarnock Road, Glasgow

Upper tier. Strong horizontals and verticals. Rule of three in upper windows:-

Upper Tier, Art Deco Building, Kilmarnock Road, Glasgow

Building to left:-

Facade, Art Deco Building, Kilmarnock Road, Glasgow

Skirving Street, Glasgow

I mentioned in my posts about the Battlefield Monument, Langside, Glasgow, and Langside Hill Church that one of the good lady’s collateral ancestors was the architect Alexander Skirving.

A mile or so away from those there is a street named after him. Whether he designed any of the tenement buildings here I don’t know but I suppose it is possible.

Skirving Street, Glasgow, Sign

Looking back from midway along Skirving Street:-

Skirving Street, Glasgow

The street links Tantallon Road and Kilmarnock Road and crosses Deanston Drive so there are lots of Skirving Street signs:-

Second Skirving Street Sign, Glasgow

Third Skirving Street Sign, Glasgow

Fourth Skirving Street Sign, Glasgow

Looking towards Kilmarnock Road from Deanston Drive:-

Skirving Street

Fifth Skirving Street Sign, Glasgow

street sign

Looking back from Kilmarnock Road:-

Skirving Street, Glasgow

I wonder if Alexander Skirving could have conceived of a Chinese Restaurant being named after him:-

Chinese cuisine

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 40 (iii): Greenbank, Helensburgh

Greenbank is a classic Art Deco house in Helensburgh – once West Dunbartonshire but now – after the Tories gerrymandered Scottish council areas in 1976 in an attempt to bolster their representation, not that that’s how it turned out – in Argyll and Bute

Strong horizontals and verticals, rounded canopy and balcony, appears to be Critall windows still. They’ve not been “poked out” anyway. It looks more like cream than white rendering, though, but that’s okay:-

Greenbank, Helensburgh

The colour scheme reminds me of Wolverton in Silver End.

Greenbank, Helensburgh

A side view:-

Side View, Greenbank, Helensburgh

Former Victoria Infirmary Building, Langside, Glasgow

The Victoria Infirmary was housed in an impressive building opposite the Queen’s Park in Langside.

Former Victoria Infirmary Building, Langside, Glasgow

Aspect facing onto Queen’s Park. The hoardings are because the building is undergoing partial demolition and redevelopment:-

Rear Aspect, Former Victoria Infirmary Building, Langside, Glasgow

Entrance facade, Former Victoria Infirmary Building:-

Facade, Former Victoria Infirmary Building, Langside, Glasgow

This picture, where the infirmary makes up the background, is from the Infirmary’s Wikipedia page.

Former Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow

Glasgow’s Art Deco Heritage 18: Langside

Not even a stone’s throw from the Battlefield Monument but just about that from Langside Hill Church lies this brick-built Art Deco building. I don’t know what it was when it was built but it’s now a supermarket.

There are many Deco hallmarks: horizontals, verticals, glass bricks, rule of three, canopy. I was delighted to see it and have the chance to photograph it:-

Art Deco, Langside

A different angle reveals the building is a Tesco Express. There’s even a curved wall this side:-

Art Deco Tesco Shop, Langside, Glasgow

Curved wall close-up:-

Curved Wall Deco Feature, Langside, Glasgow

Door surround:-

Deco Door Surround, Langside, Glasgow

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