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Art Deco Style Houses Edinburgh

In June we had a wander in Edinburgh. I took a wrong turning and we got a bit lost.

As a result, though, we came across this block of 1930s housing:-

Art Deco Style Houses Edinburgh

The second left of the four looks to still have its Critall windows.* The others don’t. Their poked out eyes are not so pleasing but they look to be better upkept.

Edinburgh Art Deco Style Houses

(We found our way back okay by retracing our steps and I realised where the misstep had been.)

*The link goes to all my mentions of Critall windows, inclduing the one on this post.

Edinburgh Botanic Gardens

During that brief time when lockdown was lifted last year we were able to go to Edinburgh and visit the Royal Botanic Garden there, using a pre-booked and timed ticket.

As she’s keen on gardening and gardens it’s one of the good lady’s favourite places.

Planting by hothouses:-

Edinburgh Botanic Gardens

Monkey puzzle trees (araucaria):-

Edinburgh Botanic Gardens

Path with acer:-

Edinburgh Botanics Gardens, Acer

Edinburgh Botanic Gardens, Scotland

“New Zealand ” section:-

"New Zealand" Edinburgh Botanic Gardens

Path in Botanic Garden:-

Path in Edinburgh Botanic Gardens

Bridge over burn:-

Edinburgh Botanic Gardens, Scotland

Waterfall from bridge:-

Waterfall in Edinburgh Botanic Gardens

Waterfall video:-

Waterfall in Edinburgh Botanic Gardens

Burn from bridge:-

Burn in Edinburgh Botanic Gardens

The gardens are worth a visit at any time of year.

Sean Connery and Nobby Stiles

The deaths of Sean Connery and Nobby Stiles were reported in the past two days.

Connery needs no introduction being one of the best known actors of the late twentieth century. A child of Edinburgh and a proud Scot. And the first screen James Bond, a part which became the juggernaut it now is due in large measure to his defining of it.

Nobby was a no less proud Englishman I’m sure, the latest in that select band of his countrymen to win a football World Cup to leave the wider pitch. He was what would nowadays be called a holding midfield player but in his time was more often called a hardman. As an oppposing player you certainly didn’t want him to be coming near you when you had the ball. His cavorting on the pitch after that World Cup win, waving the trophy above his head, is one of that occasion’s iconic moments.

Thomas Sean Connery: 25/8/1930 – 31/10/2020, Norbert Peter Stiles: 18/5/1942 – 30/10/2020. So it goes.

The Things You See at Antiques Fairs

Photographed at Ingliston Antiques Fair February 2019.

S Luca’s ice-cream van. (A replica? Maybe not. Bargain Hunt’s Natasha Raskin Sharp was in it when we arrived.) Luca’s is a well-known (in Edinburgh and the Lothians) ice-cream company.

S Luca's Ice Cream Van

Roll of Honour. “Leith, Edinburgh and District Journeyman Coopers. The following members loyally took up arms in the Great War 1914 – 1918 and made the supreme sacrifice.”

Roll of Honour

Interior, Scottish Records Office

The Scottish Records Office is at the east end of Princes Street Edinburgh and holds the National Records of Scotland. The good lady wanted to make use of it to research the case of one of her collateral ancestors who was tried for sedition and transported to Australia for nothing more criminal than campaigning for the right to vote. (This was for the ordinary man at a time when electors were landowners only.) The actual office is behind the equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington but I didn’t photograph the outside

At the time we visited the interior was undergoing some refurbishment so I wasn’t able to get the angles I wanted but I was till able to see part of this ornate dome:-

Dome, Scottish Records Office

This other dome was shrouded in netting:-

Other Dome, Scottish Records Office

Statue/sculpture of King George III:-

Statue of King George III, Scottish Records Office

The books in this book stack are behind wire netting presumably to prevent people stepping off into the central portion:-

Book Stacks, Scottish Records Office

Scottish Records Office, Book Stacks

A stairwell:-

Stairwell, Scottish Records Office

And a stairway:-

Stairs, Scottish Records Office

Scottish Design, V&A Dundee

Further to my post on Abbotsford, Walter Scott must be one of the few writers to have such a legacy, which I mentioned here.

In the section of the new V&A Dundee (posts passim) devoted to Scottish design there is a model of the Scott Monument the original of which stands in Princes Street, Edinburgh.

Model of Scott Monument:-

Model of Scott Monument

There is also a Robert Adam chimneypiece:-

Adam Fireplace

Some Arts & Crafts furniture:-

Arts and Crafts Furniture

A brooch designed to resemble a galaxy:-

Galaxy Brooch

A poster for the Festival of Britain‘s Industrial Light and Power Exhibition at the Kelvin Hall Glasgow:-

Poster for Festival of Britain Industrial Light and Power Exhibition

And a bookcase/cabinet by George Logan:-

Cabinet by George Logan

War Related Death Commemorations, Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh

James Cutt, died of wounds, 6/7/1916, aged 21. Interred in St Sever, Rouen:-

War Death Commemoration, Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh

Frederick Fox, 9th Royal Lancers, 29/1/1933, aged 30, erected by his regimental comrades:-

Member of Regiment Memorial, Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh

Samuel White Fleming, killed in action at Arras, 23/4/1917, aged 21:-

Commemoration of War Death, Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh

It’s not entirely clear if this commemoration is war related. Bryan Hanby Holmes of Ba, Fiji, 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Field Artillery, fell asleep, 9/11/1918, aged 38:-

Gravestone  War Death Commemoration

John Goodall, killed in action, High Wood, Somme, France, 23/7/1916, aged 23:-

Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh, War Death Commemoration

Major J Eadie Davidson, DSO, died of wounds in France, 16/10/1918, aged 25:-

War Death Commemoration, Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh

William Macfarlane, who fell in action on the Somme, France, 16/8/1916, aged 23:-

Edinburgh, Comely Bank Cemetery, War Death Comemoration

In loving memory of George Mason, 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Flying Corps, killed whilst flying, 4/5/1917, aged 18 years:-

War Death Plaque, Comely Bank Cemetery,  Edinburgh

I took 40 more photographs of individual’s war graves at Comely Bank, scattered all over the cemetery. That’s probably too many to post on Flick and here at the moment but I may do so at some time in future.

Groups of War Graves, Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh

J C Brydon, Air Mechanic 2nd class RN, HMS Sparrowhawk, 12/4/1945 age 19 and E J Chilcott, Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, 25/8/1945, age 20:-

War Graves, Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh

There are 15 war graves in this photograph:-

Group of War Graves War Graves, Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh

Second Lieutenant B Holmes, Royal Field Artillery, 9/11/1918, and fourteen others:-

More War Graves, Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh

Lieutenant W H Franke, General list, 10/12/1919, Second Lieutenant C H Lone, Highland Light Infantry, 19/2/1918, Second Lieutenant D H Cheers, East Sussex Regiment attached Royal Air Force, 17/4/1918, age 17, plus others in background and one to side:-

War Grave Group, Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh

Second Lieutenant H M Armstrong, Royal Flying Corps, 14/11/1917, age 21, Captain C F Collett, MC, 23/12/1917, age 31, Second Lieutenant G W Macallister, Royal Air Force, 17/8/1918, age 20, Second Lieutenant E F Hughes, Royal Flying Corps, 14/11/1917, age 24, Second Lieutenant R E McKiel, 6/9/1918, age 21. Reverse of another memorial stone behind:-

Six War Graves, Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh

Lieutenant L R Joseph, Royal Flying Corps, 23/4/1917, age 18. Another war grave behind and five others in background:-

Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh, War Graves

Commonwealth War Graves, Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh

With the exception of Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery on Hoy, Comely Bank Cemetery in Edinburgh may possibly contain the most Commonwealth War Graves in one location anywhere in Scotland. 301 servicemen are buried here, from both wars. Its location near a hospital (or two) no doubt contributed to that.

Unusually the memorial stones in the Great War section are laid flat:-

Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh, War Graves

Flat memorial stones. The Stone of Remembrance is to the left here behind the shrubs:-

Flat Memorial Stones, Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh

More flat memorial stones:-

More Flat Memorial Stones, Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh

Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh, More Flat Memorial Stones

Memorial Stones, Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh

All these flat stones commemorate more than one serviceman:-

Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh, Memorial Stones

Stone of Remembrance. It is inscribed, “1914-1918 1939-1945. To the honoured memory of his Majesty’s forces who gave their lives for their country and who lie buried in this cemetery. The following are not commemorated elsewhere. Private R Brines, Middlesex Regiment. 19/1 1920, Private A Brown, Highland Light Infantry, 9/1/1920, Private Jackson Robb, Royal Scots, 30/8/1921.”

Stone of Remembrance, Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh

Information board:-

Commonweath War Graves Commission Information Board

More Memorabilia of Empire Exhibition, Glasgow 1938

Here is a wonderful Art Deco poster for the Empire Exhibition, Scotland, 1938, held in Bellahouston Park, Glasgow. I saw the poster for sale at Ingliston Antiques Fair in Edinburgh:-

Poster for Empire Exhibition, Glasgow 1938

There, too, was this brilliant Art Deco style chocolate box lid showing one of the two Scottish Pavilions at the Empire Exhibition, Scotland, 1938:-

Chocolate Box, Empire Exhibition 1938

Also at the same Ingliston Antiques Fair I saw this framed photo of an Art Deco building which looks as if it may have been (still be?) a hotel. The flag standard is flying a French tricolour.

Framed Photo of Art Deco Building

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