Posted in History, War Memorials at 12:00 on 10 January 2017
Newhailes is a stately home near Musselburgh in East Lothian. It’s now in the care of the National Trust for Scotland.
There was a tree there festooned with a mushroom-type growth, in several places:-
Walking the grounds we came upon this memorial to the Battle of Dettingen. There is a Latin inscription in memory of John, 2nd Earl of Stair, who fought as 2nd in command to George II at the Battle of Dettingen:-
The battle took place in the War of the Austrian Succession and was the last one in which a British Monarch led his troops.
English inscription after a renewal in 1907:-
Posted in War Memorials at 10:00 on 7 January 2017
Just to continue the gardening theme….
The good lady is a keen gardener and had always hankered to visit Gardening Scotland at Ingliston. This year we finally got it together to see the show.
There weren’t many show gardens but one of them was in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme:-
Another was on behalf of Erskine Hospital which cares for injured veterans of British wars. I only got round to this photo as the garden was being dismantled:-
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, 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, War Memorials at 10:00 on 4 December 2016
Grootegast is in Groningen province.
This house (flats?) has a definite Art Deco feel especially in the rounded window elements:-
A more typical Dutch style house:-
Grootegast War Memorial. From distance:-
Dutch East Indies Memorial:-
Post World War 2 the Dutch made a doomed attempt to hold on to their Far Eastern colonies. As did the French. And, eventually, the British.
Posted in Trips, War Memorials at 20:00 on 2 December 2016
While in The Netherlands we helped walk the good lady’s relatives’ dog most days. In a piece of Dutch woodland we came across this memorial to Resistance fighters who had been captured and shot by the Germans. Not the sort of thing you happen upon in a Scottish wood, thankfully.
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, War Memorials at 19:00 on 1 December 2016
Doezum is a village in the province of Groningen, The Netherlands. Travelling through it I spotted this Art Deco style house:-
Front view. Espaliering of fruit trees in the front garden:-
Other view. Note rounded corners with fairly elaborate brick finials on top:-
There was a further deco style house on the other side of the street:-
Again the detailing on the house roof corners was delightful:-
Doezum War Memorial. In Memoriam 1940-45. Again the Dutch style wreaths are distinctive:-