Posted in Trips, War Memorials at 10:00 on 22 December 2016
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.
This is a view of hills as seen fom the Memorial:-
Only names from the Great War appear on the Memorial:-
Posted in Bridges, Trips, War Memorials at 10:00 on 20 December 2016
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:-
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:-
The War Memorial is placed on what is now a roundabout in the centre of town:-
Posted in Trips, War Memorials at 10:00 on 19 December 2016
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:-
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.
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Trips at 10:00 on 18 December 2016
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.
Note the beautiful detailing. Rule of three in the horizontal banding and great rectangle with diamond inlay pls horizontal banding throughout:-
McDonald’s has a hint of deco:-
Last time this was a nightclub called Escapade. Now it’s Department:-
Rule of three in the windows. Good brickwork:-
Again rule of three; at least in upper windows which don’t seem to have been replaced. Good horizontal banding:-
Deco corner site. Note the detailing between the upper and lower window layers especially on the unpainted brick gable:-
As is usual the town’s deco pièce de résistance is a former Burton’s (stitched photo) :-
In amongst all this modern stuff could be found Tudor style timbering. The Twelfth Century Royal Oak:-
And an old bus, destination Brampton. We’d pass through Brampton later:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, European Championship, Trips at 10:00 on 17 December 2016
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:-
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:-
Great detailing, with fox statue. The numbers are stylish too:-
Posted in Architecture, Bridges, Trips, War Memorials at 12:00 on 14 December 2016
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.
The hedge on the left above is a curious looking feature:-
Audley End’s grounds were laid out by Capability Brown – as these two photos – showing diffrent bridges – would suggest:-
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:-
Posted in Trips, War Memorials at 22:37 on 12 December 2016
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:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Trips at 10:00 on 12 December 2016
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:-
On the way back as we were waiting in the queue for boarding I managed to get two photos from which this is stitched:-
This one of its central roofline sculpture was snatched from the boat as it passed on departure:-
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.:-
Deco corner. (Or maybe it’s just that Dutch Amsterdam style.) Pity the glazing has been updated:-
The doorway panel in the side street has great rule of three in the windows above the door and lovely detailing in the brickwork:-
Posted in Curiosities, Trips at 21:09 on 10 December 2016
Good glazing on a shop in Groningen:-
There was interesting detail above the window’s centre. I’m assuming this was once a butcher’s:-
Curved glass on different shop:-
This shop’s owners are not much into tech it would seem. There’s something to be said for the old-fashioned virtues.
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Trips at 19:55 on 8 December 2016
This shop has good glazing:-
The window has a lovely curve:-
Great horizontals here and the ironwork is delightful:-
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:-
More rule of three on windows, upper detailing and ironwork on roof:-