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Kyle of Lochalsh

Kyle of Lochalsh is a village situated at the mouth of Loch Alsh, ten or so miles from Dornie and Eilean Donan Castle.

It is perhaps most famous for being the terminus of the Kyle of Lochalsh Railway line, which nominally runs from Dingwall but the trains go on to Inverness.

Kyle of Lochalsh Railway Station:-

Kyle of Lochalsh Railway Station

The Station is effectively on the pier. Handy for goods traffic:-

Ship at Kyle of Lochalsh Pier

Part of railway line:-

Lochalsh Railway Line

Signal Box, Kyle of Lochalsh, taken from same bridge as above:-

Signal Box, Kyle of Lochalsh

The village is quite small but as I recall represented the big bad wider world of fleshpots and the like for the inhabitants of the Applecross peninsula in His Bloody Project

The most impressive building in Lochalsh is the Lochalsh Hotel which has minor Art Deco leanings:-

Lochalsh Hotel

Only a mile (or less) away is the Skye Bridge. (No need now to take a boat – bonny or otherwise – over the sea to Skye.) Skye hills in background:-

Skye Bridge

In the village there is a memorial in the form of a defused mine:-

Mine Memorial, Kyle of Lochalsh

Mine memorial inscription:-

Kyle of Lochalsh Mine Memorial Inscription

War Graves, Leslie Cemetery

Leslie is a small town not far from where I now live. My photographs of its War Memorial are here and of its remaining Art Deco buildings here. My post on the lost Regal Cinema is here.

As is common its cemetery gates carry the “Commonwealth War Graves here” sign.

I found four, three fromn the Great War, one from the Second World War.

Privat D F Robbin, Royal Scots, 20/12/1915, aged 22:-

War Grave, Leslie Cemetery

Private W LIvingstone, The Black Watch, 9/2/1917:-

Leslie Cemetery War Grave

Private R Thomson, Royal Scots Greys, 23/10/1920, aged 39. “In loving memory of our dear father from wife & family”:-

War Grave in Leslie Cemetery

Lance Corporal J F Johnstone, Royal Engineers, 21/2/1941, aged 23.
The stone below is inscribed “From the neighbours”:-

War Grave, Leslie Cemtery

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

Art Deco in Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway

Newton Stewart used to be in Wigtownshire but that was later subsumed into the larger Dumfries and Galloway region.

Cinema. It is just known as The Cinema:-

Cinema, Newton Stewart

Detail of entrance:-

Cinema Detail, Newton Stewart

The Galloway Arms Hotel, Newton Stewart, is a bit worse for wear but the detailing on the canopy has deco touches:-

Galloway Arms Hotel, Newton Stewart

Detail:-

Canopy Detail, Galloway Arms Hotel, Newton Stewart

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

Dumfries Art Deco (ii)

Art Deco styling on roof-line, Dumfries:-

Art Deco Styling, Dumfries

Detail:-

Art Deco Detail, Dumfries

The former British Linen Bank has deco style cladding on the ground floor:-

Former British Linen Bank, Dumfries

British Linen Bank, Dumfries Again

Detail round door:-

British Linen Bank, Dumfries, Door Detail

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