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Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 58: Tillicoultry (ii)

In the same street as Devonvale Hall (Moss Road, Tillicoultry) there are lots of thirties semi-detached houses all with Deco styling.

Rounded bay window surrounds. Windows and door replaced though:-

Art Deco Features, Moss Road, Tillicoultry

Art Deco Semi-detached  Moss Road

Moss Road, Tillicoultry, Art Deco Features

More Art Deco,  Moss Road, Tillicoultry

Moss Road, Tillicoultry, Art Deco

Art Deco,  Moss Road, Tillicoultry Again

In Devonvale Crescent:-

Semi-detached, Devonvale Crescent, Tillicoultry

Gatepost in Ann Street:-

Art Deco Gatepost, Ann Street, Tillicoultry

Gatepost with house:-

Semi-detache  Ann Street, Tillicoultry

Another Deco gateway in Ann Street:-

Another Deco Gateway, Ann Street, Tillicoultry

House and gateway, Ann Street:-

Ann Street, Tillicoultry, Thirties Semi-detached House

House at corner of Moss Road and Ann Street:-

Art Deco Style Moss Road and Ann Street, Tillicoultry

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 58: Tillicoultry (i)

Tillicoultry is in the heart of the country,* in Clackmannanshire.

Devonvale Hall in the town’s Moss Road is a belter of a 1930s building.

It looks like the windows were originally Critall but have been replaced.

Devonvale Hall, Tillicoultry

Name cartouche:-

Devonvale Hall, Tillicoultry, Name Cartouche

Offset view:-

Offset View, Devonvale Hall, Tillicoultry

Side windows:-

Side of Devonvale Hall, Tillicoultry

*Scots among you with long memories may remember this as a tag-line for a TV ad for a furniture retailer local to Tillicoultry.

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 57: Girvan

From Glenluce we travelled up the Ayrshire coast, heading home.

On entering Girvan I spotted this building. The various verticals and horizontals, the “rule of three” in the windows, the canopy and the stepped roofline all make this building shreik Deco.

Art Deco Building, Girvan, Ayrshire

Glenluce Abbey

Glenluce Abbey, a former Cistercian building, lies a couple of miles or so from the village of Glenluce in Dumfries and Galloway. It is yet another historic site in the region.

Glenluce Abbey

Glenluce Abbey Ruins

Outbuildings:-

Outbuildings, Glenluce Abbey

Glenluce Abbey Outbuildings

Part of Abbey:-

Part of Glenluce Abbey, Glenluce

This view shows the rebuilt cloister:-

Glenluce Abbey

Which you can also see below:-

Glenluce Abbey Ruins

Ruins, Glenluce Abbey

Showing Abbot’s “House.” That small buiding to the centre right. It’s tiny inside and he’s supposed to have slept upstairs. The floors have gone and there’s no sign of stairs. He must have needed a ladder.

GlenluceAbbey

Arches:-

Glenluce Abbey, Arches

Night stair:-

Night Stair, Glenluce Abbey

Window in arch. Note flower growing from bottom left corner:-

Window, Glenluce Abbey

There were plants “climbing” the walls:-

Flwering Plants, Glenluce Abbey

Whithorn Priory

Whithorn Priory was a mediæval Priory in Whithorn, Dumfries and Galloway. The area was once the cradle of Christianity in Scotland but the building is now a ruin.

The bringer of Christianity, St Ninian, died in Whithorn and is thought to have been buried here, the Priory growing up around his shrine.

Remains of Priory from access lane:-

Whithorn Priory

Whithorn Priory

Information board:-

Information Board, Whithorn Priory

Interior:-

Whithorn Priory, Interior

Interior, Whithorn Priory

Carved stone in grounds:-

Carved Stone at Whithorn Priory

Doorway:-

Doorway, Whithorn Priory

Detail:-

Whithorn Priory, Detail on Doorway

Exterior ruins:-

Whithorn Priory, Exterior Ruins

Whithorn

And so on our journey through Dumfries and Galloway it was on to Whithorn.

Whithorn has an important place in Scottish history as it was the location of the first Christian Church in Scotland after St Ninian crossed over from Ireland in the year 397 or thereabouts and the ruins of the mediæval Whithorn Priory stand in the town.

Architecturally Whithorn is a typical small Scottish town with stone built houses. I wasn’t really expecting any Art Deco but it does pop up in unlikely places.

Charles Coid, Butcher:-
There is a hint of eastern influence to this but the date in the cartouche is 1934 – slap bang in deco times – the geometric surround to the proprietor’s name with its mosaic construction and the towered roof line give it the look.

Art Deco Style in Whithorn

What looks like an old Woolworths; now houses “The Whithorn Story”:-

Old Woolworths, Whithorn

Georgian house:-

Georgian House, Whithorn

Memorial plaque to George Dickie, “Jack Brent,” member of the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War:-

Spanish Civil War Veteran Memorial, Whithorn

Pend leading to Whithorn Priory:-

Pend Leading to Whithorn Priory

The coat of arms above it is the Royal Arms of Scotland:-

Coat of Arms, Whithorn Pend

Priory side of pend:-

Pend in Whithorn, Priory Side

Shutters on pend windows:-

Shutters on Pend Windows, Whithorn

Cardoness Castle

Cardoness Castle stands on a promontory overlooking the Fleet estuary near Gatehouse of Fleet in Dumfries and Galloway.

As I recall there’s quite a steep though short climb from the car park at the side of the road up to the castle.

Cardoness Castle, Gatehouse of Fleet

Cardoness Castle

Interior:-

Cardoness Castle Interior

The lintel here makes a good perch!

Cardoness Castle Interior + Bird

Cardoness Castle Ruins

Fleet estuary from top of castle:-

Fleet estuary, Dumfries and Galloway

Gatehouse of Fleet. (I’ve posted pictures of the village before):-

Gatehouse of Fleet

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 56: Mutehill

This is possibly more moderne than Deco. A house off the A 711, just south of Kirkcudbright in Dumfries and Galloway.

It’s possibly very recently built.

The White House Mutehill

Art Deco Style. The White House Mutehill

The White House Mutehill, Art Deco Style House

Dundrennan Abbey, Dumfries and Galloway

Dundrennan Abbey was the place where Mary, Queen of Scots spent her last night in Scotland before fleeing over the Solway Firth to England, imprisonment and eventual execution. She didn’t sleep in the Abbey itself but in the commendator’s house in the west range.

Dundrennan Abbey from the car park:-

Dundrennan Abbey in Dumfries and Galloway

Dundrennan Abbey ruins from side:-

Dundrennan Abbey Ruins From Side

Walls and west range:-

Dundrennan Abbey, Walls

Arches:-

Dundrennan Abbey, Arches

More Arches, Dundrennan Abbey

Choir screen – now detached and situated in the west range:-

Dundrennan Abbey Choir Screen

Carved graveslab:-

Dundrennan Abbey, Carved Graveslab

Orchardton Tower

Dumfries and Galloway is littered with historical remains. Orchardton Tower is a free-standing round tower, the only one of its kind in Scotland, probably because it was built about two hundred years after the fashion for such towers was at its peak. The tower is now in the care of Historic Scotland.

Orchardton Tower

Orchardton Tower

Orchardton Tower, Dumfries and Galloway

Information board:-

Orchardton Tower Information Board

Interior:-

Orchardton Tower, Interior

Interior from tower summit:-

Orchardton Tower Interior

There’s a peculiar small ‘house’ at the top of the staircase:-

Orchardton Tower Summit

External ruins from tower summit:-

Orchardton Tower Ruins From Tower  Summit

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