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Art Deco – and more – in Castle Douglas

Castle Douglas is a small town in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. (I have seen the town’s name translated into French as Chateau Sans Chien. You have to be Scottish to get this. Castle Dug-less.) It has quite a few examples of more or less deco style.

Nikos Greek Restaurant:-

Nikos, Castle Douglas

Door detail, Nikos Greek Restaurant:-

Door Detail, Nikos, Castle Douglas

A former bank now a kids (clothes?) shop:-

Former Bank, Castle Douglas

Fine carved detailing round and above door on former bank:-

Door Detail, Former Bank, Castle Douglas

Telephone Exchange. Pity the windows’ eyes are poked out on this building:-

Castle Douglas Telephone Exchange

Castle Douglas Library is housed in a rather fine old building:-

Castle Douglas Library

Keiss War Memorial

Keiss is in Sutherland, Scotland, on the A99 between Wick and John O’Groats. The War Memorial stands a bit away from any houses in a square plot of land beside the road.

Keiss War Memorial, Sutherland

It is inscribed, “Keiss Quoad Sacra Parish. The dedication is “To the memory of the fallen in the Great War 1914-1919,” and towards the base, “Also 1939-1945,” below which are six names for that second conflict. You can also see here that flat, almost treeless, landscape of north-east Sutherland, which acts as a kind of preview for Orkney:-

Keiss War Memorial Closer View

View towards village, showing Great War names:-

Keiss War Memorial Names

View towards North Sea, showing Great War names:-

Keiss War Memorial

Some corner of a foreign field…. Wietje Farm Cemetery

Wietje Farm Cemetery is close to Ypres (Ieper,) Flanders, Belgium, just off the N313 road. The access is up a grassed path between two houses into a field growing crops. The path continues round the edge of the field until it is at a right angle to the cemetery to which it then leads.

115 Commonwealth servicemen of the Great War are buried here along with one German.

Wietje Farm Cemetery From Access Path

Wietje Farm Cemetery, Flanders, Belgium

Graves and Cross of Sacrifice:-

Wietje Farm Cemetery, Graves

The German grave; Unteroffizier O Hoffmeister, R Inf R, 22/9/1917. This lies off to the left of the previous photo:-

Wietje Farm Cemetery, German Grave

Poelcapelle War Cemetery, Flanders, Belgium

Poelcapelle is today spelled Poelkapelle. The village is a few miles north-east of Ypres (Ieper.) The British War Cemetery (Commonwealth War Graves Commission) is by the N313 road from Bruges (Brugge) to Ypres.

Poelcapelle War Cemetery,  Belgium

I’ve been to Tyne Cot but nevertheless still gasped when I entered Poelcapelle Cemetery. There are nearly 7,500 burials here, the vast majority, 6,230, of which are “Known unto God”.

View of interior from entrance:-

Interior of Poelcapelle War Cemetery

Graves:-

Graves, Poelcapelle War Cemetery

Some of the unidentified soldiers of the Great War:-

War Graves, Poelcapelle War Cemetery

Lines of graves:-

Lines of Graves, Poelcapelle War Cemetery

Cross of Sacrifice and Stone of Remembrance:-

Cross of Sacrifice and Stone of Remembrance, Poelcapelle War Cemetery

Memorial to some of those whose earlier graves were destroyed in later battles:-

Memorial Stone, Poelcapelle War Cemetery

As usual the graves are beautifully kept. A Soldier of the Great War, Known unto God and Private F J Patten, Hampshire Regiment, 4/10/17, aged 21:-

Planting, Poelcapelle War Cemetery

Two Soldiers of the Great War:-

More Planting, Poelcapelle War Cemetery

There is one World War 2 grave at Poelcapelle. Private R E Mills, Royal Berkshire Regiment, 30/5/1940, aged 19:

WW 2 Grave, Poelcapelle War Cemetery

Cross of Sacrifice and Stone of Remembrance:-

Cross of Sacrifice and Stone of Remembrance Closer View

Wick War Memorial

Wick’s War Memorial is situated by the main road into the town from the south, near the bridge over the Wick River.

Wick War Memorial

Closer view. A figure of Victory on a stone pillar:-

Wick War Memorial Closer View

Dedications. The Great War: “In honour of all those who suffered and in proud and grateful remembrance of the fallen sons of the Burgh of Wick who died for home and freedom in the Great War 1914-1919.”

World War 2: “Also in honoured and grateful remembrance of all those of this Burgh who gave their lives in the Second World War 1939-1945.”

Wick War Memorial Dedications

Memorial Wall (right):-

Wick War Memorial Wall 1

Memorial Wall (left):-

Wick War Memorial Wall 2

Commemorative Plaques, Wick, Sutherland

HMS Jervis Bay was a merchant ship requisitioned by the Admiralty on the outbreak of the Second World War and converted to an armed merchant cruiser. She was sunk by the German pocket battleship Admiral Scheer on 5/11/1940 while trying to draw fire onto itself to protect the convoy it was escorting.

This memorial plaque is on a wall in Wick town centre.

HMS Jervis Bay Memorial Plaque, Wick

Nearby is a memorial to HMAV Isleford, a Royal Navy Auxiliary vessel wrecked with all hands in a blizzard in Wick Bay on 25/1/1942, in sight of the shore.

HMAV Isleford Memorial Plaque, Wick

Two Bridges in Wick, Sutherland

Bridge over the Wick River; on road into town just at edge of town centre:-

A Bridge in Wick, Sutherland

Bridge near Harbour:-

Bridge Near Harbour, Wick

Architecture in Wick, Sutherland, Scotland

On the way up to Orkney in June (posts, passim) we had time to stop off in Wick, Sutherland.

It has some Art Deco buildings! (Well, styling anyway.)

Bank of Scotland:-

Bank of Scotland Building, Wick, Sutherland

Detail:-

Art Deco Detail, Bank of Scotland, Wick

Minor deco style in De Vita’s:-

De Vita's, Wick

Another Bank. The TSB:-

TSB, Wick

A more modern building. It looked as if it was unfinished inside:-

Modern Building, Wick

Wick’s Wetherspoon’s is more traditional in construction:-

The Alexander Bain, Wick

Wetherspoon’s usually names its pubs after a local person of repute. This plaque on a wall round the corner told of Bain’s accomplishments:-

Alexander Bain Plaque, Wick

Aurlandsfjord, Norway

Flåm is situated at the tip of Aurlandsfjord of which the following are views:-

Aurlandsfjord, Norway

Aurlandsfjord Again

More Aurlandsfjord, Norway

Some villages cling to the flatter areas of the fjordside. This is Undredal:-

Undredal Village, Aurlandsfjord, Norway

Mist on Aurlandsfjord:-

Mist on Aurlandsfjord, Norway

Maurangerfjord, Norway

Maurangerfjord is a branch of the Hardangerfjord. Note wooded slopes. Norwegian trees can cling on to very steep sides of mountains indeed.

Maurangerfjord 1

Maurangerfjord 2

Maurangerfjord 3

Sundal Village, Maurangerfjord:-

Sundal Village, Maurangerfjord

The captain was keen to show us the Bondhusbreen Glacier, off Maurangerfjord. Unfortunately it was a bit too misty to get a good picture, but you can still see it’s there:-

Bondhusbreen Glacier, off Maurangerfjord, Norway

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