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Kirkurd War Memorial

Kirkurd War Memorial seems to be in the middle of nowhere sitting by the side of the the A 72/A 70 between Blyth Bridge and Kirkdean by a small junction with an unnumbered road.We’d passsed it innumerable times on our way down south or back up again but only stopped for a photo this May.

Kirkurd War Memorial

This is a view of hills as seen fom the Memorial:-

Hils as seen from Kirkurd War Memorial

Only names from the Great War appear on the Memorial:-

Kirkurd War Memorial Names

Bakewell, Derbyshire

We moved on to Bakewell, Derbyshire, where we had sampled the pudding (or tart) in 2011.

There’s a lovely mediaeval bridge there over the River Wye:-

Bakewell, Derbyshire

The river was teeming with what looked like trout the day we were there last May. A small weir just upstream prevented them from getting further I think:-

Bakewell, Fish in River Wye

The War Memorial is placed on what is now a roundabout in the centre of town:-

Bakewell War Memorial

Brampton War Memorial

Brampton is on the outskirts of Chesterfield as you go west.

Its War Memorial is a simple tapered column with craved top set on a square plinth. I found only Great War names on this memorial:-

Brampton War Memorial

It was a bit odd to see the swastika but this is the good one, the one associated with India (the word swastika is Hindi for well-being) and a good luck symbol.

Brampton War Memorial

Chesterfield Art Deco, Plus….

We stopped for the night just north of Nottingham and headed for Chesterfield in the morning as we knew from our previous visit it had a thriving street market as so many towns in England do.

Somehow I’d missed almost all the Deco in the town centre.

Greenwood’s:-


Greenwoods, Chesterfield

Note the beautiful detailing. Rule of three in the horizontal banding and great rectangle with diamond inlay pls horizontal banding throughout:-

Greenwoods, Chesterfield, Detail

McDonald’s has a hint of deco:-

McDonald's Chesterfield

Last time this was a nightclub called Escapade. Now it’s Department:-

Chesterfield Art Deco

Rule of three in the windows. Good brickwork:-

Tower Detail, Art Deco, Chesterfield.

Again rule of three; at least in upper windows which don’t seem to have been replaced. Good horizontal banding:-

More Detail, Art Deco, Chesterfield.

Deco corner site. Note the detailing between the upper and lower window layers especially on the unpainted brick gable:-

Deco Corner, Chesterfield

As is usual the town’s deco pièce de résistance is a former Burton’s (stitched photo) :-

Burton's, Chesterfield.

In amongst all this modern stuff could be found Tudor style timbering. The Twelfth Century Royal Oak:-

Tudor Style Timbering, Chesterfield

And an old bus, destination Brampton. We’d pass through Brampton later:-

Old Bus, Chesterfield

Art Deco in Nottingham

We travelled up through Nottingham intending to stop at The Crown for dinner to see if it was as Deco inside as out. Unfortunately when we got out of the car in the car park the noise from inside was blaring and was therefore even worse when we opened the pub door. It also looked a bit rough. We decided to move on.

It wasn’t long til we came upon the Beechdale – another Art Deco pub, this time brick-built.

This is from the car park:-

Art Deco Pub, Nottingham, England

From south-east:-

The Beechdale from Road

From south-west:-

The Beechdale

From west-south-west:-

The Beechdale Pub, Nottingham

We went into this one only to discover it was festooned with Saint George’s Cross flags. (It was in the run-up to the European Championships.) It didn’t look like Scottish sounding people would be very welcome. We opted for discretion and moved to the city centre where every single eating place had a bouncer on the door. That spooked us a bit. Yes, it was a Friday night but is Nottingham really such a dangerous place to dine out?

There was this delightful little Art Deco pub there that I spotted only after we’d already eaten. It didn’t look open anyway:-

Art Deco in Nottingham

Great detailing, with fox statue. The numbers are stylish too:-

The Foxy, Nottingham, Detail

Audley End

The reason we swung by Saffron Walden again was to take a look at Audley End which we couldn’t fit in last time.

Audley End has been described as one of the finest Jacobean houses in England.

Audley End

The hedge on the left above is a curious looking feature:-

Hedge, Audley End

Hedge Audley End, from House

Audley End, Hedge

House Entrance:-

Audley End, Entrance to House

Audley End’s grounds were laid out by Capability Brown – as these two photos – showing diffrent bridges – would suggest:-

Second Bridge, Audley End

Landscaped Bridge, Audley End

During World War 2 the house was a training centre for the Polish contingent of the Special Operation Executive (SOE.) This memorial to the 108 members who died as a result of their service lies in the grounds to the front right of the house:-

Audley End Polish SOE Memorial

Saffron Walden War Memorial

On our way back from The Netherlands we again topped at Saffron Walden, Essex. Sadly the good second hand book shop that was there has now closed down. Retirement I think.

I did though take the opportunity to obtain a slightly better photograph of the town’s War Memorial than I got last time:-

Saffron Walden War Memorial

Hook of Holland

Our landfall in (and departure point from) The Netherlands was at the Hook of Holland (Hoek van Holland) via the ferry from Harwich.

Thee is a port building there which doesn’t seem to be used as a terminal any more but is impressively Art Deco in appearance.

From the River Maas:-

Hoek of Holland

On the way back as we were waiting in the queue for boarding I managed to get two photos from which this is stitched:-

Hoek Van Holland Terminal Building

This one of its central roofline sculpture was snatched from the boat as it passed on departure:-

Detail Hoek van Holland Terminal Building

The town of Hoek van Holland is itself very tidy and neat (unlike Harwich on the other side which shows the civic neglect typical of the UK as a whole.)

There were two decoish buildings. In this one it’s the left hand window and its decoration, especially the stepping.:-

Touch of Deco in Hoek van Holland

Deco corner. (Or maybe it’s just that Dutch Amsterdam style.) Pity the glazing has been updated:-

Art Deco Style, Hoek ofHolland

The doorway panel in the side street has great rule of three in the windows above the door and lovely detailing in the brickwork:-

Art Deco, Hoek of Holland

Groningen Glass, Plus

Good glazing on a shop in Groningen:-

More Groningen Glass

There was interesting detail above the window’s centre. I’m assuming this was once a butcher’s:-

Groningen Shop Detail

Curved glass on different shop:-

Groningen Curved Glass

This shop’s owners are not much into tech it would seem. There’s something to be said for the old-fashioned virtues.

Notice in Shop Window, Groningen

Art Deco in Gronigen (iv)

This shop has good glazing:-

Art Deco Glazing, Groningen

The window has a lovely curve:-

Art Deco Shop Glazing, Groningen

Great horizontals here and the ironwork is delightful:-

Art Deco Styling, Groningen

There was some sort of annual celebration going on in early May so this is mostly hidden by a roller coaster. “Rule of three” in the gable windows though:-

Art Deco Style, Groningen

More rule of three on windows, upper detailing and ironwork on roof:-

Art Deco Style Shop, Groningen

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