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Art Deco in Peterborough

We were in Peterborough in Sep 2018 to attend an antique fair. Cruising round the town centre the evening we arrived I found some Art Deco buildings.

Minor deco, brick-built:-

Brick  Art Deco Building, Peterborough

The Burton’s was hard to photograph due to trees in the way:-

Burton's, Peterborough

Peterborough Burton's  from Side

Close-up shows the typical deco styling:-

Upper Levels, Burton's, Peterborough

Edward’s, however, was a stunner:-

Fantastic Art Deco, Edward's Peterborough

Horizontals, verticals, rounded corner, canopy…:-

Edward's Peterborough, Art Deco

Note windows with streamlined and canopied decoration:-

Art Deco, Edward's, Peterborough

Matlock Bath + War Memorial

Matlock Bath is a village in Derbyshire, 1½ miles from Matlock on the A6 and by the River Derwent.

As we were to be travelling along the A6 and I have a crested china model of Matlock Bath’s War Memorial I was keen to stop and photograph the real thing. It lies between the main street and the river in a little wooded area and would be easy to miss if you’re just passing through.

War Memorial, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire

It’s slightly unusual in style bearing the figures of a soldier and sailor holding a Union flag.

Matlock Bath War Memorial Figures

The inscription reads, “Our glorious dead,” and, “In honoured memory of the men of Matlock Bath who gave their all in the Great War of Nations 1914 – 1919,” with at the bottom of the column, “Their name liveth for evermore.”

An information board sits to its side:-

Information, Matlock Bath War Memorial

Memorial from West, inscribed , “Duty nobly done, Honour bravely won, Loyal hearts now rest, By God’s peace now blest.”

Matlock Bath War Memorial from West

From north, inscribed, “Also in honoured memory of the men who gave their lives in the World War 1939 -1945.”

Matlock Bath War Memorial From North

From east, inscribed, “Greater Love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

Matlock Bath War Memorial from East

Further along Matlock Bath’s main street there is a café with hints of Art Deco:-

Art Deco Style, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire

Fife’s Art Deco Heritage 16: Kinghorn Moderne House

This is situated on Pettycur Road almost at the bottom, near the harbour wall and opposite the car park. Lots of horizontals and verticals here. Rule of three in windows. Flat roofs.

Art Deco/Moderne House, Kinghorn, Fife

Kinghorn Art Deco/Moderne House

Dundee’s Art Deco Heritage 8: Fairfield Social Club, Drumgeith Park

Again, I’ve passed this countless times on my way to and from Brechin but only stopped to photograph it in August last year.

From road – complete with skip:-

Fairfield Social Club From Road.

From access road – skip again:-

Fairfield Social Club, Drumgeith Park, Dundee

The entrance doors are decoish too:-

Fairfield Social Club Entrance

Side view:-

Fairfield Social Club Again

Rear:-

More of Fairfield Social Club

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 59: Ladybank

Ladybank is a village in Fife only a few miles away from Son of the Rock Acres. It’s no longer on the direct road north to Dundee so we don’t often go there.

It does, though, have a 1930s garage, now Ladybank Tyres:-

1930s Garage, Ladybank, Fife

It’s the stepped roofline that speaks for Deco:-

Ladybank, Fife, Art Deco Garage

Apart from the different-sized doors there’s also a nice symmetry to it:-

Art Deco Garage, Ladybank

Recognising Former Woolworths

Woolworths is now sadly long gone. However my eldest son actually worked in our local store during the company’s last days.

Like me he has preserved an interest in the company – and its former shops.

Through him I discovered this post from Historic England describing many of the features to look for.

Like him, I didn’t know about the lion heads.

After university I worked in Hertford for a couple of years. I must have seen that shopfront but I can’t remember doing so.

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 58: Tillicoultry (ii)

In the same street as Devonvale Hall (Moss Road, Tillicoultry) there are lots of thirties semi-detached houses all with Deco styling.

Rounded bay window surrounds. Windows and door replaced though:-

Art Deco Features, Moss Road, Tillicoultry

Art Deco Semi-detached  Moss Road

Moss Road, Tillicoultry, Art Deco Features

More Art Deco,  Moss Road, Tillicoultry

Moss Road, Tillicoultry, Art Deco

Art Deco,  Moss Road, Tillicoultry Again

In Devonvale Crescent:-

Semi-detached, Devonvale Crescent, Tillicoultry

Gatepost in Ann Street:-

Art Deco Gatepost, Ann Street, Tillicoultry

Gatepost with house:-

Semi-detache  Ann Street, Tillicoultry

Another Deco gateway in Ann Street:-

Another Deco Gateway, Ann Street, Tillicoultry

House and gateway, Ann Street:-

Ann Street, Tillicoultry, Thirties Semi-detached House

House at corner of Moss Road and Ann Street:-

Art Deco Style Moss Road and Ann Street, Tillicoultry

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 58: Tillicoultry (i)

Tillicoultry is in the heart of the country,* in Clackmannanshire.

Devonvale Hall in the town’s Moss Road is a belter of a 1930s building.

It looks like the windows were originally Critall but have been replaced.

Devonvale Hall, Tillicoultry

Name cartouche:-

Devonvale Hall, Tillicoultry, Name Cartouche

Offset view:-

Offset View, Devonvale Hall, Tillicoultry

Side windows:-

Side of Devonvale Hall, Tillicoultry

*Scots among you with long memories may remember this as a tag-line for a TV ad for a furniture retailer local to Tillicoultry.

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 57: Girvan

From Glenluce we travelled up the Ayrshire coast, heading home.

On entering Girvan I spotted this building. The various verticals and horizontals, the “rule of three” in the windows, the canopy and the stepped roofline all make this building shreik Deco.

Art Deco Building, Girvan, Ayrshire

Whithorn

And so on our journey through Dumfries and Galloway it was on to Whithorn.

Whithorn has an important place in Scottish history as it was the location of the first Christian Church in Scotland after St Ninian crossed over from Ireland in the year 397 or thereabouts and the ruins of the mediæval Whithorn Priory stand in the town.

Architecturally Whithorn is a typical small Scottish town with stone built houses. I wasn’t really expecting any Art Deco but it does pop up in unlikely places.

Charles Coid, Butcher:-
There is a hint of eastern influence to this but the date in the cartouche is 1934 – slap bang in deco times – the geometric surround to the proprietor’s name with its mosaic construction and the towered roof line give it the look.

Art Deco Style in Whithorn

What looks like an old Woolworths; now houses “The Whithorn Story”:-

Old Woolworths, Whithorn

Georgian house:-

Georgian House, Whithorn

Memorial plaque to George Dickie, “Jack Brent,” member of the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War:-

Spanish Civil War Veteran Memorial, Whithorn

Pend leading to Whithorn Priory:-

Pend Leading to Whithorn Priory

The coat of arms above it is the Royal Arms of Scotland:-

Coat of Arms, Whithorn Pend

Priory side of pend:-

Pend in Whithorn, Priory Side

Shutters on pend windows:-

Shutters on Pend Windows, Whithorn

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