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Stained Glass Windows, Glasgow Cathedral

Glasgow Cathedral (see previous post) has some lovely stained glass windows:-

Stained Glass 1

Stained Glass 2


Stained Glass 3

Stained Glass 4

stained glass 5

There was also a stained glass Millenium window but my pohoto didn’t turn out well. There are some images of it here, though.

Glasgow Cathedral (Cathedral of St Mungo/St Kentigern)

We’ve passed this many times on our way into Glasgow, to the People’s Palace, the Barras or the city centre but had never stopped for a look till December 2018.

Glasgow Cathedral

If you look closely you can see a lamppost in the above photo. This is a close up showing the Glasgow Coat of Arms in the loop at its top:-

Glasgow crest on Lamppost

The Cathedral is dedicated to St Mungo otherwise known as St Kentigern. His tomb is in the cathedral crypt:-

St Mungo's Tomb

Stone rood screen – unique we were told:-

stone rood screen

Ceiling:-

medieval roof

A rather ornate side altar:-

altar-ish

Kneelers Glasgow and Highland Light Infantry Coats of Arms:-

Kneelers, Glasgow Cathedral

Kneelers, Highland Light Infantry and Church of Scotland Coats of Arms.

Kneelers in Glasgow Cathedral

Chinese Room, Willow Tea Rooms, Buchanan Street, Glasgow

One of Charles Rennie Mackintosh‘s designs for Miss Cranston’s Tea Rooms.

I featured the exterior and lower tea room with one photograph of the Chinese Room here.

Mackintosh chair halfway up stair to Chinese Room:-

C.R. Mackintosh chair

View of Chinese Room from stairs:-

Chinese Tearoom

Alcove above stairs:-

The Willow Rearooms alcove

View from above stairs:-

Chinese Room, Willow Tea Rooms, Buchanan Street, Glasgow

View back to stairs:-

Chinese Room, Willow Tea Rooms, Buchanan Street, Glasgow

Mackintosh print, tea-room tables, menu and chairs:-

Chinese Tearoom

Demi-lune chair opposite till:-

Willow Tea Rooms Demi-lune Chair

Not the Chinese Room:-

Willow Tea Rooms Chairs

Piece Hall, Halifax

On that trip to Halifax we ended up at the Piece Hall. We both thought at first it would be Peace Hall but of course it wasn’t. It’s a Georgian building in the shape of a quadrangle and dates from 1779.

We visited in November hence the Christmas sign:-

Piece Hall, Halifax, Entertainments

One side (the north one?) is higher than its opposite. You can see this if you compare the number of floors on the side to the left below compared to the one on the right:-

Piece Hall, Halifax

As can be seen from the photo below Halifax lies in a bowl of surrounding hills:-

Part of Piece Hall, Halifax

The Piece Hall was used as a market for fabric, mostly woven wool. The spaces where individuals sold their cloth are now taken up by a variety of traders including sweets, toys, antiques, books, clothes, curios, art reclamations etc.

This is one of the four colonnades:-

Piece Hall, Halifax, Colonnades

Pre-Christmas entertainment was provided by a brass band:-

Band at Piece Hall, Halifax

The massive and elaborately decorated pair of iron gates at the Piece Hall’s entrance were made by the Sun Foundry in Glasgow. When we were there they were set back against the wall to allow entry to the Hall so were difficult to photograph but they can be seen here along with more photos of the Piece Hall.

More Art Deco Style in Rochdale

In November 2018 we visited Rochdale for the second time.

I photographed two more Deco style buildings.

Former King’s Cinema later converted to Bingo but that has also closed and the building is now in a sad state of neglect:-

Art Deco Style Former Cinema, Rochdale

Former King's Cinema, Rochdale

Spotland Bridge. The unusual roofline, projecting beyond the slope of the roof, gives it the deco look:-

Spotland Bridge, Rochdale

Scone Palace

Scone Palace isn’t actually a palace but an old house, near the village of Scone itself near Perth, Perth and Kinross.

The name palace derives from the site being that of an Abbey with its accompanying Abbot’s Palace.

The Palace’s grounds contain the ancient coronation site of the Kings of Scotland where the Stone of Destiny, also known as the Stone of Scone, was situated on Moot Hill.

Scone Palace from drive:-

Scone Palace from Drive

Closer view:-

Scone Palace

Old gates. These are not on the main drive but nevertheless a few years ago some delivery driver tried to get through them and knocked the cebtral stones down. The arch has been well restored:-

Scone Palace Gates

Chapel on Moot Hill:-

Chapel on Moot Hill, Scone Palace

Chapel and Stone of Destiny, Moot Hill. You have to look really yard from this angle to see the Stone:-

Chapel and Stone of Destiny, Moot Hill, Scone Palace

Stone of Scone replica (or is it?) There have always been rumours that the stone Edward I of England removed to Westminster Abbey and on which the monarchs of England and, from 1701, the UK have been crowned was not the original:-

Stone of Destiny, Moot Hill, Scone Palace

Scone Palace is also renowned for its peacocks (and peahens):-

Peacocks, Scone Palace

They are reasonably tame and will eat out of your hand:-

Peacock Feeding, Scone Palace

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 62: Turriff

Turriff is a town in Aberdeenshire. We passed through it on our trip up north in October 2018 and stopped for a look around.

There were two buildings which had aspects of Art Deco.

Turriff Fish Shop/Bliss Gift & Flower Boutique. Horizontals, verticals, rule of three in windows. Decoration just below roof line:-

Art Deco Style, Turriff, Aberdeenshire

A much more borderline case. Grant Smith law practice. This may once have been a bank. It has that look:-

Leanings to Art Deco, Turriff

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 61: Huntly

I observed this school (Gordon’s School) while photographing Huntly’s War Memorial, so naturally had to take these as well.

Horizontals, verticals, flat roofs, square chimney, rounded corner:-

Art Deco School, Huntly

Rounded corner again and strong verticals:-

Huntly, Art Deco School Building

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 60: Inverurie

Inverurie is a town in Aberdeenshire.

The closest thing to Art Deco I saw there (and definitely 1930s in style) was the Gordon Highlander pub:-

From side:-

Gordon Highlanders, Art  Deco Style Pub, Inverurie

Now a Wetherspoons:-

Art Deco Style, Inverurie

Face view. Vertical and horizontal brick banding and rule of three in windows to side blocks:-

Inverurie, Art  Deco Style

Inverurie, Art  Deco Style Pub

Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire

We had a trip up north in October 2018 and visited Drum Castle on the way. The castle was originally built in the 1200s.

Castle from car park:-

Drum Castle

Rear of castle:-

Drum Castle

From grounds:-

Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire

Drum Castle in Aberdeenshire

Facade and entrance:-

Facade of Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire

The external stairway (in photograph 3 above) leads to a door to these stairs. I believe it was the original entrance:-

Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire, Stairs to Ground Floor

Tower:-

Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire, Tower

Walk round battlements:-

Drum Castle  battlements

Vertiginous view from battlement:-

Drum Castle roof

Historic rose garden:-

Drum Castle, historic rose garden 1

The garden has a human sundial where if you stand in the correct place your body acts as a gnomon. The arc of stones indicates the times of day:-

Drum Castle historic rose garden 13 human sundial 1

The centre portion where you need to stand is marked variously March, April, May, June, July, August, September. I don’t know if the sun is too low in the sky – or too weak – in the winter months:-

Drum Castle historic rose garden 14 human sundial 2


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