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Crichton Collegiate Kirk

The kirk is by the narrow road leading to the path to Crichton Castle (see previous post.)

Kirk from the castle:-

Crichton Collegiate Kirk From Crichton Castle

Kirk from the path to the castle:-

Crichton Collegiate Kirk

Kirk from churchyard:-

Crichton Collegiate Kirk

Kirk from east:-

Crichton Collegiate Kirk 2

Crichton Castle

The castle is in Midlothian, by the village of Crichton, which is itself near Pathhead on the A68.

The castle from the access path:-

Crichton Castle

Castle and stables from minor road across the valley:-

Crichton Castle

The stables (or they may have been a slaughterhouse or chapel) from the castle:-

Crichton Castle Stables

Closer view of stables:-

Crichton Castle Stables Close View

View through stables:-

Crichton Castle, View Through Stables

View to castle through stables:-

Crichton Castle, Through Stables

Unusual “pointy” internal wall of castle, apparently Italian influenced:-

Crichton Castle, Internal Wall

Internal detail on stonework:-

Crichton Castle, Internal Detail

More detail:-

Crichton Castle, More Internal Detail

The castle contains Scptland’s first scale-and-platt (ie modern style) staircase:-

Crichton Castle  stairs

Art Deco in Pittenweem?

Pittenweem is a fishing village in the East Neuk of Fife.

It has an annual Art Festival which we usually attend. While there last year I came upon this Art Deco/Moderne building, acting as one of the venues. Whatever it’s certainly 1930s.

Art Deco/Moderne, Pittenweem

Art Deco/Moderne Building, Pittenweem

View from behind. A garage is to the left here:-

Side View, Art Deco/Moderne, Pittenweem

The garage:-

Art Deco Style Garage, Pittenweem

Pittenweem Primary School is not quite Art Deco, being erected in 1912, but has some prefigurative elements:-

Not Quite Art Deco, Pittenweem Primary School

Left-side entrance to Pittenweem Primary School:-

Entrance, Pittenweem Primary School

Art Deco – and more – in Castle Douglas

Castle Douglas is a small town in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. (I have seen the town’s name translated into French as Chateau Sans Chien. You have to be Scottish to get this. Castle Dug-less.) It has quite a few examples of more or less deco style.

Nikos Greek Restaurant:-

Nikos, Castle Douglas

Door detail, Nikos Greek Restaurant:-

Door Detail, Nikos, Castle Douglas

A former bank now a kids (clothes?) shop:-

Former Bank, Castle Douglas

Fine carved detailing round and above door on former bank:-

Door Detail, Former Bank, Castle Douglas

Telephone Exchange. Pity the windows’ eyes are poked out on this building:-

Castle Douglas Telephone Exchange

Castle Douglas Library is housed in a rather fine old building:-

Castle Douglas Library

Architecture in Wick, Sutherland, Scotland

On the way up to Orkney in June (posts, passim) we had time to stop off in Wick, Sutherland.

It has some Art Deco buildings! (Well, styling anyway.)

Bank of Scotland:-

Bank of Scotland Building, Wick, Sutherland

Detail:-

Art Deco Detail, Bank of Scotland, Wick

Minor deco style in De Vita’s:-

De Vita's, Wick

Another Bank. The TSB:-

TSB, Wick

A more modern building. It looked as if it was unfinished inside:-

Modern Building, Wick

Wick’s Wetherspoon’s is more traditional in construction:-

The Alexander Bain, Wick

Wetherspoon’s usually names its pubs after a local person of repute. This plaque on a wall round the corner told of Bain’s accomplishments:-

Alexander Bain Plaque, Wick

Bay of Skaill, Orkney

Skara Brae (see previous posts) lies beside the Bay of Skaill which has a lovely scenic beach.

Beach from Skara Brae:-

Beach at Bay o' Skaill, Orkney,  from Skara Brae

Panorama of bay and beach:-

Bay of Skaill, Orkney, Beach Panorama

There was a colouration difference under the water here:-

Beach at Bay of Skaill, Orkney

Further along the beach we spotted a fairly picturesque ruined building, perhaps once a croft:-

Ruin near Skara Brae

The abandoned agricultural equipment in foreground bolsters that assumption:-

House Ruin, Bay of Skaill, Orkney

Further along still we found this fantastic rock formation, layers on layers of sediment:-

Rock Formation, Bay of Skaill, Orkney

You can see the slabs lying in the foreground. Lots of buildings in Orkney seemed to be made from slabs of stone like this.

Art Deco in Matosinhos

We had a serendipitous metro stop opposite this lovely stylish building in Matosinhos. Pity the metro car’s windows intrude on the clarity:-

Art Deco, Matosinhos

I have no idea of the building’s purpose but it’s another striking one:-

Art Deco, Matosinhos

Art Deco, Matosinhos, Other View

Rule of three in the extension’s windows:-

Art Deco, Matosinhos, Extension

Art Deco in Porto (v): Armazéns Cunhas

This stunning Art Deco building fetauring a green peacock motif below the Novidade lettering is Armazéns Cunhas, a department store.

Stunning Art Deco, Porto

The shop’s motto is apparently “novelties, we sell cheaper.”

Armazéns Cunhas, Porto

Next door was the mundane by comparison, Era Porto Baixa:-

Art Deco, Porto

Gail Edwin Aguiar has some more stunning Deco from Porto on Flickr.

Coliseu at https://flic.kr/p/sWsaUi, Garagem Passos Manuel at https://flic.kr/p/tAJp5S.

And on Gail at Large, Serralves:-

Serralves

Art Deco in Porto (iv)

The Wine Box, Porto, on the northern road approaches to Dom Luís I Bridge has Art Deco styling:-


The Wine Box, Porto

Another tall Deco building. Note cartouche below roofline:,-

Another Tall Deco Building Porto

This one’s yellow paintwork emphasises the strong horizontals:-

Art Deco Style, Porto

Terrace of Deco:-

Art Deco Terrace, Porto

Zoom to lower down the terrace:-

Art Deco Detail, Porto

Art Deco in Porto (iii)

Hotel Vincci, Porto, is a modern Deco style hotel by the banks of the River Douro. Helitours landing pad is in the foreground.

Art Deco Hotel, Porto

More of Hotel Vincci fron River Douro- plus heritage tram to left:-

Hotel Vincci Porto

Close-up. I like the clock:-

Hotel Vincci Porto, Close-up

There’s a different view of the hotel here.

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