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Art Deco in Kendal

Kendal is reasonably out of the way but it nevertheless has some Art Deco buildings.

This one is now a Home Bargains but looks as if it could once have been a Woolworths:-

Art DecoShop, Kendal

There are nice curved swoops below the roofline. It’s a pity the windows’ eyes have been put out, though:-

Art Deco Detail, Kendal

Bodycare has “rule of three” in the windows and the roofline is decoish:-

Another Art Deco Shop, Kendal

It’s not surprising if a Burton’s is deco but in this one the main pointer is the company’s logo just below the roofline. The rest looks older than deco:-

Burton's, Kendal

Card Factory is just about deco. Is it the rendering – sadly now grey rather than white – or the roofline which gives it a deco feel?

Just About Deco, Kendal

Regal Cinema, Evesham

Art Deco style cinema in Evesham, Worcestershire.

Not perhaps as high deco as the Regal, Rochdale, or the Embassy, Braintree, this is still clearly deco with its rounded corner, the rule of three in windows to left and chevron patterned doors:-

Regal Cinema, Evesham

Central portion:-

Regal Cinema, Evesham, Close up

Doors:-

Doors, Regal Cinema, Evesham

From left. Rule of three in windows again:-

Regal Cinema, Evesham from Left

More of Evesham, Worcestershire, England

I’ve covered Evesham before but this time we parked in a different place and were able to explore different parts of the town and so we found this shop with Deco windows:-

Art Deco Shop Windows, Evesham

This is on the main street and probably isn’t deco but more on the cusp:-

Another Deco Style Building, Evesham

And this has changed ownership – or at least its name – since we were there last (see second link above):-

Evesham, Building with Art Deco Styling

Stratford-upon-Avon

We had a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon again on our trip south in February 2018.

As well as Shakespeare’s House:-

Shakespeare's House

behind which (you have to pay to get in) were actors parading about and declaiming lines from his plays,:

Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's House

Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's House From Rear

I spotted this Art Decoish building. It’s the stepping on the roofline and I suppose the rule of three in the windows below the diamonds that gives a deco feel:-

Art Decoish Building, Stratford-upon-Avon

Old Cinema Welshpool

On the way back from Powis Castle we decided to take a quick look at Welshpool – the signposts to the castle had led us to bypass the town centre on the way there.

I spotted this building on Berriew Road and of course had to stop for photographs.

Former Pola Cinema, Welshpool

What a stunner. It absolutely screams Deco. The curves, the banding.

It’s the former Pola Cinema, now a beauty and fitness spa.

Former Pola Cinema, Welshpool, from Side

Former Pola Cinema,Welshpool from left

Its windows are also a delight:-

Art Deco Window Glass

More Art Deco Glass

Art Deco Windows

Art Deco Window Arrangement

I found these images of the cinema’s past incarnations on the internet at cinema treasures.

Pola Cinema, Welshpool

Park Diner, Welshpool

Art Deco Style House, Pant, Shropshire

And so, on the morning after the semi-final we motored towards Powis Castle on the A483 between Oswestry and Welshpool.

Just on the English side of the border I spotted this house in the village of Pant. I had to stop for a photo or three:-

Art Deco Style House, Pant, Shropshire

Closer View:-

Closer View, Art Deco Style House, Pant, Shropshire

Frontage. The windows were surely once Critall but at least some (most) have been replaced:-

Art Deco Style House, Pant, Shropshire

From right:-

Art Deco Style House, Pant, Shropshire from Right.

Art Deco in Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury tends to the quainte and olde worlde. Well, it’s an old market town.

I did find some Art Deco though.

I spotted this garage on the approach to the town centre. Typical 1930s Deco styling:-

Art Deco Garage, Shrewsbury

This shop is nearer the centre. Rule of three in the windows (which unfortunately have been “modernised”). Pediment on roofline:-

Art Deco Shop, Shrewsbury

Art Deco Shop Terrace. Again modernised windows but the roofline fits the deco bill:-

Art Deco Shop Terrace, Shrewsbury 1

Art Deco Shop Terrace, Shrewsbury 2

Another shop. Stepped roofline, white rendering, window proportions:-

Another Art Deco Shop, Shrewsbury

Marks & Spencer. Art Deco style here. Mainly in the window proportions:-

Marks & Spencer,Shrewsbury

Market Hall Clock Tower. Clock face is deco-ish:-

Shrewsbury Market Hall Clock Tower

Art Deco in Oswestry

As a town, Oswestry in Shropshire, England, may have seen better days. A lot of the buildings in the town centre looked tired.

The former Regal Cinema certainly has the deco look, though it’s now what looks like a hairdresser’s plus a Factory Shop. The original glazing would have looked better but the replacement windows are adequate:-

Art Deco Former Cinema, Oswestry 5

Reverse view. The canopy and roofline above are good features:-

Reverse View, Former Regal Cinema, Oswestry

Could this once have been a Woolworths? It’s now a Poundland anyway. And a Pep & Co:-

Art Deco Shop, Oswestry

Frontal view:-

Art Deco Poundland, Oswestry

The Sports Direct has also seen better days:-

Another Tired Art Deco Shop, Oswestry

British Heart Foundation:-

Art Deco Shop in Oswestry

Older Penrith

Penrith, Cumbria, is remote enough from major population centres to have retained some elements of ye good olde days.

Just look at this Drapers, Costumiers and Milliners. Not to mention Furriers, Dressmakers, Shirt Specialists:-

Old Style Shop Lettering, Penrith

And Carpet, Curtain and Linoleum Furnishing Warehouse:-

Penrith Old Style Shop Lettering

A High Class Drapers no less – and a Silk Mercers, Hosiers and Glovers, Irish Household and Fancy Linen Warehouse:-

Old Style  shop

A real throw-back. Not that most of those trade lines will still be ongoing I’d have thought.

You can see from this the shop front faces on to a square of sorts:-

Old Style  shop front

A bit further on in the town lies this Chemist’s. Cowper’s. 1930s style lettering. I can’t quite decide if the whole is deco or not:-

Cowper Chemist's, Penrith

In St Andrew’s Churchyard lie a good many graves, including the “Giant’s Tombstone”. This is supposedly the grave of Owen Caesarius, king of Cumbria between 900 and 937 AD:-

Giant's Tombstone

Giant’s grave stones:-

Giant's Grave Stones

Giant’s Tombstone in Penrith, Viking hogback stones:-

Giant's Tombstone

More Art Deco in Penrith

This is now a B&M Bargains but may once have been a Woolworths. It has that look:-

Art Deco Shop, Penrith

Eden Rural Power:-

Art Deco Building, Penrith

Reverse view. Art Deco rule of three in upper front and lower side windows:-

Penrith Art Deco Building

Doors on the Alhambra Cinema:-

Art Deco Cinema Door, Penrith

Seen in an antique shop/yard. An old advert for Critall Windows, which were the height of Art Deco style. (The link contains all my mentions of Critall Windows):-

Advert for Critall Windows

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