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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

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

Glasgow’s Art Deco Heritage 18: Langside

Not even a stone’s throw from the Battlefield Monument but just about that from Langside Hill Church lies this brick-built Art Deco building. I don’t know what it was when it was built but it’s now a supermarket.

There are many Deco hallmarks: horizontals, verticals, glass bricks, rule of three, canopy. I was delighted to see it and have the chance to photograph it:-

Art Deco, Langside

A different angle reveals the building is a Tesco Express. There’s even a curved wall this side:-

Art Deco Tesco Shop, Langside, Glasgow

Curved wall close-up:-

Curved Wall Deco Feature, Langside, Glasgow

Door surround:-

Deco Door Surround, Langside, Glasgow

Former Langside Hill Church

This former church lies very near to the Battlefield Monument, which I featured a few posts ago, and was designed by the same architect, Alexander Skirving, a collateral ancestor of the good lady. Many buildings in surrounding streets were also designed by him.

The church is now a restaurant, not Bar Buddha as in the link but the Church on the Hill.

Former Langside Hill Church

Church on the Hill, Langside

Langside Hill Church from west:-

Langside Hill Church from west.

From northeast:-

Langside Hill Church from northeast

Former Woolworths Stores in East London

Pictures shamelessly stolen from diamond geezer’s post. (I’ve only included the Art Deco buildings.)

572-574 Roman Road, Bow, E3 5ES:-

Former Woolies, Roman Road, Bow, E3 5ES

Hackney, 333/337 Mare Street, E8 1HY:-

Former Woolies, 333/337 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1HY

72-76 High Street North, East Ham, E6 2JL:-

Former Woolies, 72-76 High Street North,  East Ham, E6 2JL

Birkdale Clubhouse

This photo of the Royal Birkdale Golf Club clubhouse was for some reason on display in Liverpool when I was there. As I recall it was on the walls of the Cavern Club but it might just have been in a shop window. (I photographed the photo.)

Photo of Birkdale Golf Club Clubhouse

This slightly longer shot is also on Flick (by snowinp):-

Royal Birkdale - 1-6-2010 - 019

A sid eview of the clubhouse from Wikipedia (Photo by David Long, CC BY-SA 2.0,

Art Deco in Liverpool (viii) George’s Dock Ventilation and Control Station

I’ve probably barely scratched the surface of Art Deco in Liverpool as I only really was in the city centre. I know I’ve missed the former Speke Airport now named after John Lennon (see, among other buildings here.) Then there’s this beezer on Bold Street – a piece of higher Art Deco would be difficult to find.

Still, there was one final building near the waterfront that shouted deco. George’s Dock Ventilation and Control Station – seen below with the Royal Liver Building in the background.

George's Dock Ventilation and Control Station,  Liverpool,

Seen from Strand Street:-

George's Dock Ventilation and Control Station,  Liverpool from Strand Street

Figure decoration detail:-

George's Dock Ventilation and Control Station, Liverpool, Detail

Upper levels detail:-

More Detail, George's Dock Ventilation and Control Station, Liverpool

Tower detail:-

Tower, George's Dock Ventilation and Control Station, Liverpool

From Brunswick Street:-

George's Dock Ventilation and Control Station, Liverpool from Brunswick Street

Note green lamp standards and small shelter in this closer view:-

George's Dock Ventilation and Control Station, Liverpool

Surrounding railings and detail:-

Railings and Detail, George's Dock Ventilation and Control Station, Liverpool

Door and window detail:-

Door and Window Detail, George's Dock Ventilation and Control Station, Liverpool

As its name implies it was built as a ventilating station – for the Mersey (road) tunnel. Yet this plaque commemorating the Liverpool Overhead Railway was on one of its external walls

Plaque, George's Dock Ventilation and Control Station, Liverpool

Brunswick Street Aspect full aspect. (Stitch of two photos to get it all in):-

George's Dock Brunswick Street Aspect, Ventilation and Control Station, Liverpool

This very similar building was a bit further into the city centre – near the famous Cavern Club. I presume it’s also a ventilation tower:-

Art Deco Tower, North John Street, Liverpool

Art Deco in Liverpool (vii) Royal Court Theatre

Another impressive Art Deco theatre in Liverpool. Again my photo was snatched while passing on a bus tour:-

Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool

The photo below is from the theatre’s Wikipedia page:-

Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool

This view is from the John Turner Construction Group who have been given a refurbishment contract:-

Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool

And this is from The link has a few more pictures showing details of the building:-

Royal Court Theatre Liverpool

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