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Art Deco in Oswestry

As a town, Oswestry in Shropshire, England, may have seen better days. A lot of the buildings in the town centre looked tired.

The former Regal Cinema certainly has the deco look, though it’s now what looks like a hairdresser’s plus a Factory Shop. The original glazing would have looked better but the replacement windows are adequate:-

Art Deco Former Cinema, Oswestry 5

Reverse view. The canopy and roofline above are good features:-

Reverse View, Former Regal Cinema, Oswestry

Could this once have been a Woolworths? It’s now a Poundland anyway. And a Pep & Co:-

Art Deco Shop, Oswestry

Frontal view:-

Art Deco Poundland, Oswestry

The Sports Direct has also seen better days:-

Another Tired Art Deco Shop, Oswestry

British Heart Foundation:-

Art Deco Shop in Oswestry

More Art Deco in Penrith

This is now a B&M Bargains but may once have been a Woolworths. It has that look:-

Art Deco Shop, Penrith

Eden Rural Power:-

Art Deco Building, Penrith

Reverse view. Art Deco rule of three in upper front and lower side windows:-

Penrith Art Deco Building

Doors on the Alhambra Cinema:-

Art Deco Cinema Door, Penrith

Seen in an antique shop/yard. An old advert for Critall Windows, which were the height of Art Deco style. (The link contains all my mentions of Critall Windows):-

Advert for Critall Windows

Burton’s, Penrith

In all our travels down to England we had never stopped at Penrith, Cumbria, till February last year. We also made a stop there in September 2018 when we went down south again. Photographs were taken over the two visits.

It’s a compact town with some individual shops but some chain ones too.

Like many other towns Penrith’s Burton’s building is typically Art Deco:-

Burton's, Penrith

Corner view from south-west:-

Burton's Corner, Penrith

Corner view from north-west:-

Burton's, Penrith, Art Deco Shop

Art Deco detail:-

Art Deco Detailing, Burton's, Penrith

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 54: Fraserburgh

And so it was on to Fraserburgh where I found three Art Deco buildings:-

An undeniably Deco Garage, built in 1927, now sadly disused:-

Art Deco Former Garage, Fraserburgh

In the main street. The building now houses Iceland:-

Art Deco Iceland, Fraserburgh

This oaybe later than Art Deco’s high period but there is rule of three in the windows plus strong verticals and horizontals:-

Art Deco Shop, Fraserburgh

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 53: Peterhead (ii)

The Regal/Kingsway Cinema, Marischal Street, opened 1939, stopped showing films before 1970.

High Art Deco stepping and verticals. Rule of three in separate verticals:-

Former Regal/Kingsway, Cinema, Peterhead

Former Regal/Kingsway Cinema, Peterhead

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 52: Ellon

Ellon (see previous post) has one piece of minor Art Deco, now housing both The Bridge Bar and – of all things – an Indian Restaurant, Nasheen Indian Cuisine.

The stepped roofline is about it for deco touches. The Indian architectural style embellishment above the restaurant’s door must be recent.

Art Deco Indian Restaurant and Bar, Ellon

Jedburgh

Jedburgh isn’t just worth visiting for the Abbey. There are some other interesting buildings in the town.

Unfortunately I couldn’t get far enough away to frame all of Bridewell Jail – now the Sheriif Court House.

Lower portion of Bridewell jail. Pity about hte traffic cones:-

Jedburgh Jail

Bridewell Jail Tower:-

Jedburgh Jail Tower

Here’s an interesting feature; vertical sundials on a house wall:-

Jedburgh, Vertical Sundials

Jedburgh has a Jacobite connection. This plaque lets us know Bonnie Prince Charlie woz ‘ere.

Jedburgh, Jacobite Connection

That lad got everywhere.

So too it seems did Mary Queen of Scots. This is her house in Jedburgh:-

Queen Mary's House, Jedburgh

We hadn’t known this was there till we walked past a sign post for it it on the way from the car park to the Abbey. It’s well worth a look outside and inside.

Jedburgh Abbey

Jedburgh’s main attraction is undoubtedly its mediæval Abbey, founded as a Priory in 1138.

From west:-

Jedburgh Abbey

From northeast, nearest to the town. Jedburgh’s War Memorial is to the left and down a bit, here:-

Jedburgh Abbey, from Northeast

Model (in visitor centre) of Abbey circa 1510:-

Jedburgh Abbey Model

South doorway, restored I think. Lovely detailing:-

Jedburgh Abbey Doorway

South Aspect. Stitch of two photos. The Abbey isn’t curved in reality:-

Jedburgh Abbey South Aspect

Nave and tower:-

Jedburgh Abbey Nave

Tomb. The aisle contains tombs/graves of the Earls of Lothian:-

Jedburgh Abbey, Tomb

Ceiling. It’s not a hammerbeam roof and probably not original. (And I didn’t get it focused):-

Jedburgh Abbey Wooden Ceiling

For more views of the Abbey nip over to the good lady’s blog at piningforthewest.co.uk.

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 40 (iii): Greenbank, Helensburgh

Greenbank is a classic Art Deco house in Helensburgh – once West Dunbartonshire but now – after the Tories gerrymandered Scottish council areas in 1976 in an attempt to bolster their representation, not that that’s how it turned out – in Argyll and Bute

Strong horizontals and verticals, rounded canopy and balcony, appears to be Critall windows still. They’ve not been “poked out” anyway. It looks more like cream than white rendering, though, but that’s okay:-

Greenbank, Helensburgh

The colour scheme reminds me of Wolverton in Silver End.

Greenbank, Helensburgh

A side view:-

Side View, Greenbank, Helensburgh

Former Victoria Infirmary Building, Langside, Glasgow

The Victoria Infirmary was housed in an impressive building opposite the Queen’s Park in Langside.

Former Victoria Infirmary Building, Langside, Glasgow

Aspect facing onto Queen’s Park. The hoardings are because the building is undergoing partial demolition and redevelopment:-

Rear Aspect, Former Victoria Infirmary Building, Langside, Glasgow

Entrance facade, Former Victoria Infirmary Building:-

Facade, Former Victoria Infirmary Building, Langside, Glasgow

This picture, where the infirmary makes up the background, is from the Infirmary’s Wikipedia page.

Former Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow

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