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Art Deco Style at Bletchley Park

A lot of the buildings used during the Second World War in Britain had elements of deco style. Not surprisingly, the era had not really passed when the war began.

So it wasn’t entirely unexpected that when I rolled up at the car park at Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire, home of the WW2 British code-breaking effort, last September, the first buildings I saw were in that flat-roofed, Critall-windowed mode.

Buildings by car park. These are the sorts of things you see at former WW2 airfields:-

Wartime Buildings? Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park, External Building

This submarine model beside the road from the car park to Bletchley Park presumably commemorates the code-breakers’ role in winning the Atlantic war:-

Submarine Model, Bletchley Park

This is a more modern building in that wartime style but I don’t think it’s part of Bletchley Park:-

External Building, Bletchley Park

These modernised ones were all inside the Bletchley Park museum site:-

Bletchley Park Building

Modernised Building, Bletchley Park

Modernised Wartime Buildings, Bletchley Park,

One of the internal exhibits was this photograph of the impeccably Art Deco Hollerith Factory where the calculating machines known as Bombes, which tried out the variations of the intercepted Enigma messages to get a code match were manufactured:-

Art Deco Hollerith Factory Photograph, Bletchley Park,

Hollerith building and interior:-

Hollerith Factory and Interior


Culross is a village in the west of Fife. I have previously featured its War Memorial.

It is an old village and still a royal burgh. Many of its cottages are now owned by the National Trust for Scotland. It is one of the many Scottish locations to appear in Outlander.

Building, Culross

pink house in Culross, Fife

quaint street

Street sign and thistle motif on doorway:-

Street Sign, Culross

Mercat Cross:-

Culross Mercat Cross, Fife, Scotland

House by Mercat Cross:-

house in square, Culross

Cobbled street:-

Culross house, Fife, Scotland

Steep street. Culross Abbey church in background:-

Culross, Fife, Scotland

A curiosity; the Lockit Well. Click on photo then again to enlarge and read the plaque:-

The Lockit Well, Culross

Friary Hospitium, Inverkeithing

One of Inverkeithing‘s oldest buildings is the former Hospitium of the Grey Friars (Dominicans) which dates from around 1350 and is in modern Queen Street.

Hospitium from north:-

Inverkeithing Friary Hospitium

A represenatation of how the Hospitium looked in its heyday can be seen here.

Hospitium from southwest:-

Friary Hospitium, Inverkeithing

South gable:

Gable of Friary Hospitium, Inverkeithing


Rear of Friary Hospitium, Inverkeithing

North gable and part of rear:-

Friary Hospitium, Inverkeithing

Buildings, Inverkeithing

Just after the War Memorial gardens on approaching Inverkeithing from the north, on the opposite side of the road, lies this old building called Fordell’s Lodging:-

Old Building Inverkeithing

Old Building, Inverkeithing

St Peter’s Kirk is on the same side of the road as the War Memorial gardens, some of whose trees are in the foreground here:-

St Peter's Kirk, Inverkeithing

St Peter’s Kirk:-

Inverkeithing Church

Inverkeithing Town Hall is on a side road:-

Inverkeithing Town Hall

Aberdeen’s Art Deco Heritage 7: City Centre

I have already posted soem photos of Deco in berdeen city Cantre but in Jani=uary last year we were up there again and I found some more.

Former Amicable House. I think I showed this here, but this is my own photo. Horizontals, verticals, flagpole, rule of three in windows (which have been poked out unfortunately):-

Former Amicable House, Sberdeen

Capitol building. Stitch of two photos. Some Art Deco styling here:-

Capitol Building, Aberdeen

Detail. Rule of three in windows, deco style cartouches:-

Detail Capitol Building, Aberdeen

High deco light fttings and interior doors, Capitol building, Aberdeen:-

Doors and Light Fittings Capitol Building, Aberdeen

Art Deco Doors and Light Fittings

Art Deco, Aberdeen

Unfortunate relections in this one:-

Art Deco Reflections, Aberdeen

Dunnottar Castle (iv) – Surroundings

Waterfall by Dunnottar Castle from approach path:-

Waterfall by Dunnottar Castle

Cliffs to south from approach path:-

Cliffs from Path near Dunnottar Castle

Rocks below Dunnottar Castle:-

Dunnottar  Castle rocks

Cliffs to north and sea inlet, from Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven War Memorial on hilltop:-

Cliffs and Sea Inlet from Dunnottar Castle

Stonehaven War Memorial on hill:-

War Memorial from Dunnottar Castle Castle

After our visit to Dunnottar Castle we took a footpath which (eventually) leads to Stonehaven. This afforded more views of the northern cliffs:-

Cliff View  from Dunnottar path

And of the Castle looking back:-

Dunnottar Castle, From Path to Stonehaven

Dunnottar Castle, from North

Dunnottar Castle view

Northern cliffs again:-

Dunnottar Castle, cliffs, Aberdeenshire

Dunnottar Castle (ii)

Castle buildings:-

Dunnottar Castle

Part of Dunnottar Castle

Castle Building, Dunnottar Castle,

Small window in above:-

Small Window, Dunnottar Castle

From sea end of site:-

Dunnottar Castle Interior

Courtyard area from outside its wall:-

Dunnottar Castle , Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Remains of chapel:-

Dunnottar Castle Chapel

Interior of chapel:-

Chapel, Dunnottar Castle,

Remains (with arch; garden area in foreground):-

Part of Dunnottar Castle

Garden area with buildings beyond. (Stonehaven War Memorial on hill in background):-

Dunnottar Castle, Interior Ruins

Buildings (chapel to right):-

Buildings inside Dunnottar Castle

Late afternoon shadows (sea beyond):-

Part of Dunnottar Castle and Sea Beyond

Dunnottar Castle (i)

Dunnottar Castle lies just south of Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire. We had been meaning to visit there for some time but it wasn’t till January last year we finally made it.

Dunnottar Castle from approach path:-

Dunnottar Castle from path

Dunnottar Castle from Approach Path

Dunnottar Castle

As luck would have it we visited the National Gallery of Scotland shortly after and saw this stunning painting of the castle by Waller Hugh Paton:

Dunnottar Castle

As you can see it is perfectly situated from a defensive point of view, as it is perched on a rock poking out into the sea.

Castle entrance:-

Dunnottar Castle  entrance

Pattern in Stones on path leading up to castle:-

Pattern in Stones, Dunnottar Castle,

There’s a small tunnel like construction to go through before you reach the interior and the castle buildings:-

Dunnottar Castle from path

St Peter’s Church, Monkwearmouth

Our friend, who grew up in Roker, (yes where the famous stadium was situated) took us to local landmark St Peter’s Church, Monkwearmouth, one of the oldest in England, which is associated with the Venerable Bede of whom I read once that he astonished his contemporaries by being able to read without sounding out the words. (Or was that St Augustine?)

St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth

West Door (now not used):-

West Door, St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth

Side view. The stone courses on the ground mark out the original extent of the church buildings:-

Monkwearmouth St Peter's Church

Model of St Peter’s Church, Monkwearmouth, plus Viking Longship:-

Model of St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth, plus Viking Longship

Ceiling above chancel:-

Ceiling, St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth

Stained glass window, and altar:-

Stained Glass Window, Altar, St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth

Roll of Honour:-

Roll of Honour, St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth

Effigy of Baron William, builder of nearby Hylton Castle. The Hyltons were one of the Great Families of the Parish as in the notice:-

Hilton Effigy, St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth

The Hilton effigy information:-

St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth Effigy Plaque

Art Deco in Sunderland (ii)

Former Woolworths building Sunderland:-

Art Deco Former Woolworths, Sunderland


Detail Art Deco Ex-Woolworths, Sunderland

Full frontage. Stitched photo. The curve is an artifact:-

Frontage Ex-Woolworths, Sunderland

Marks and Spencer. Horizontals, verticals:-

Marks and Spencer, Sunderland, Art Deco

Frontage. Stitch of two photos. The curvature is an illusion:-

Marks and Spencer, Sunderland, Art Deco

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