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Verdant Works, Dundee

The Verdant Works Dundee is a museum of the city’s heritage of jute production, housed in a former jute mill. It’s somewhere we had meant to visit for a while but when we’re in Dundee we’re usually busy doing something else or going on somewhere else. The cruise ship docking there gave us the opportunity to pop in for a look.

The guide was a former jute worker who operated all the machinery for us. The noise of each one was very loud. Considering that the machines are only third-size it made you realise what a cacophony the real environment with twenty or more carding, rolling, spinning etc machines on the go must have been. Many people went deaf.

Jute bales:-

Jute Bales, Verdant Works, Dundee

Interior from upper floor:-

Interior, Verdant Works, Dundee

Verdant Works ceiling:-

Verdant Works, Dundee, Ceiling

Upper floor and ceiling. The wood is lovely:-

Ceiling, Verdant Works, Dundee

Beam engine which used to power the machines:-

Beam Engine, Verdant Works, Dundee

Photo in the Verdant Works of the Art Deco Taybank Jute Works, Dundee, Spinning Department, opened 1949. I have photographed this building myself in 2009.

Taybank Jute Works, Dundee

More Art Deco Style in Rochdale

In November 2018 we visited Rochdale for the second time.

I photographed two more Deco style buildings.

Former King’s Cinema later converted to Bingo but that has also closed and the building is now in a sad state of neglect:-

Art Deco Style Former Cinema, Rochdale

Former King's Cinema, Rochdale

Spotland Bridge. The unusual roofline, projecting beyond the slope of the roof, gives it the deco look:-

Spotland Bridge, Rochdale

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 44 (iii): Montrose, Union Place

A thirties pair of semi-detacheds near to Links Park. Pity its windows have been replaced. Typical 1930s style otherwise.

Art Deco Semis, Montrose

Frontage:-

Front of Art Deco Semis, Montrose

From left:-

Art Deco, Montrose

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 62: Turriff

Turriff is a town in Aberdeenshire. We passed through it on our trip up north in October 2018 and stopped for a look around.

There were two buildings which had aspects of Art Deco.

Turriff Fish Shop/Bliss Gift & Flower Boutique. Horizontals, verticals, rule of three in windows. Decoration just below roof line:-

Art Deco Style, Turriff, Aberdeenshire

A much more borderline case. Grant Smith law practice. This may once have been a bank. It has that look:-

Leanings to Art Deco, Turriff

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 61: Huntly

I observed this school (Gordon’s School) while photographing Huntly’s War Memorial, so naturally had to take these as well.

Horizontals, verticals, flat roofs, square chimney, rounded corner:-

Art Deco School, Huntly

Rounded corner again and strong verticals:-

Huntly, Art Deco School Building

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 60: Inverurie

Inverurie is a town in Aberdeenshire.

The closest thing to Art Deco I saw there (and definitely 1930s in style) was the Gordon Highlander pub:-

From side:-

Gordon Highlanders, Art  Deco Style Pub, Inverurie

Now a Wetherspoons:-

Art Deco Style, Inverurie

Face view. Vertical and horizontal brick banding and rule of three in windows to side blocks:-

Inverurie, Art  Deco Style

Inverurie, Art  Deco Style Pub

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

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