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Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 13 (v): Perth Academy Building

In November 2019 we visited Perth Academy to attend its annual Remembrance Service.

Perth Academy’s history goes back to 1696 (or 1542 depending on which part of the text you read in the link above.)

The present building has Art Deco styling – not surprising as work started on it in 1930 and the school moved in in 1932.


Perth Academy Building

The clock tower is a prominent feature of the Academy building and can be seen from many parts of the city:-

Clock Tower, Perth Academy 2

The yellow painting of the windows accentuates the horizontals and verticals, as does the chimney tower:-

Part of Perth Academy

Deco style evident in doors, windows and the columns going off to the right:-

Wing of Perth Academy

Chimney tower and wing of building:-

Perth Academy Wing

Art Deco Building in East Boldon

We have friends who live just north of Sunderland and took the opportunity when travelling back up from Rye (and Ashby de la Zouch) to visit them.

On the way we passed through East Boldon which is part of a group of villages called the Boldons which also includes West Boldon and Boldon Colliery, historically in the County of Durham but now administratively part of South Tyneside.

I spotted this Art Deco building and stopped to photograph it. Rule of three in main windows, plus porthole window:-

Art Deco Building East Boldon

Side of building. Critallish windows. Those at rear have been poked out though:-

Side of Art Deco Building, East Boldon

Frontage. Deco fanlight, Critall windows to left above East Boldon Dental Practice:-

East Boldon, Art Deco

Art Deco in Ashby de la Zouch?

There were slim pickings for Art Deco in Ashby. The only possibilty was this branch of the National Westminster Bank.

The hints of deco are in the cartouche below the roofline and there is rule of three in the frontage’s arches.

Bank Branch in Ashby de la Zouch

Art Deco in Coalville (iv) Former Bus Depot

On the way out of Coalville along Ashby Road, I spotted this and had to find a parking space in order to photograph it.

It is an Art Deco bus depot built in 1925.

Coalville Bus Depot

Central portion. Deco lettering:-

Bus Depot, Coalville

Left portion. Banding below roofline. Red decoration on white detail. Rule of three in windows. Pity their eyes have been poked out.:-

Coalville Bus Depot, Left of Centre

Right portion. Banding continued. Rule of three in lower windows:-

Bus Depot, Coalville, Right Side

Former Coalville Bus Depot sign. It reads, “The Birmingham and MIDLAND Motor Omnibus Co Ltd.”:-

Coalville Bus Depot Sign

Former Rex Cinema, Coalville [Art Deco in Coalville (iii)]

The former Rex Cinema is a stunning Art Deco building – in that blocky institutional style favoured by government buildings and dictators – in Coalville, Leicestershire. After ceasing to be a cinema it became a Dunelm Mill but that too has shut.

Coalville, Former Rex Cinema


Frontage, Former Rex Cinema, Coalville

This view shows how closely located is the Rex to the Palace Cinema – also Deco:-

FFormer Rex Cinema, Coalville

Former Palace Cinema, Coalville [Art Deco in Coalville (ii)]

This former cinema (on Jackson Street in Coalville) but now a Bingo Hall, screams deco.

Horizontals, verticals, friezes:-

Former Palace Cinema, Coalville

Coalville, Former Palace Cinema


Main Block, Former Palace Cinema, Coalville

Detail of elegant deco frieze just below roofline and side scrolls:-

Detail, Former Palace Cinema, Coalville

Frontage from left:-

Coalville, Former Palace Cinema

Windows and scrolls:-

Windows, Former Palace Cinema

Small window:-

Detail, Former Cinema, Coalville

Art Deco in Coalville (i) Minor Building

In Coalville I found no fewer than four Art Deco style buildings. Two of them were glorious.

This one (to the left of the photo) however, barely makes the definition. It could be seen from the square containing the Clocktower War Memorial. It’s deco only in the stepped roofline and rule of three in (filled-in) windows:-

Art Deco Building, Coalville, Leicestershire

Soviet Aircraft Parts and Art Deco in Rye

The first place we entered in Rye, apart from the hotel, was an antique shop.

Imagine my surprise to find the tail fins from a Soviet MiG Fighter for sale!

MiG Fighter Tail Planes

There was also this Art Deco poster of Bexhill-on-Sea, featuring the town’s iconic Art Deco/Moderne De La Warr Pavilion:-

Art Deco Poster of Bexhill-on-Sea

And a jolly elephant (the company’s logo is an elephant) on a French (language) advert for Côte d’Or milk chocolate with the added bonus of an Art Deco style building in the background:-

Art Deco Picture

More of Traditional Chester

From where we parked it was a short walk into the city centre over the canal with a Roman wall high above it:-

Roman Wall, Chester

A street in Chester, showing typical timber-framed Tudor style buildings:-

Chester Rows

Another street. Contains a shop called Rigby. Note clock (a Deco touch?):-

Another Chester Street

The impressive Town Hall building dates from 1869:-

Chester Town Hall (maybe)

More of Modernist Chester

In 2009 I posted photos of Art Deco buildings in Chester.

Last September we took a trip into the city again from our stop at nearby Hawarden. Since we were approaching the city by a different route I found some more buildings to photograph.

A block of shops on Christleton Road. Some Art Deco style here, roofline, rule of three in main building windows:-

1930s Block Of Shops, Chester

I only noticed the above because I had stopped to photograph Tanner’s Wines. Note horizontals, verticals, glazing, rule of three in frontage, clock.

Tanner's Wines, Chester


Frontage Tanner's Wine, Chester

Other side view:-

Side view, Art Deco Tanner's Wines, Chester

“Sunburst” doors. Deco par excellence:-

Doors, Tanner's Wines, Chester

In the city centre were a few more buildings I’d missed the previous time.

Body Shop, minor Deco touches, (flat) roof line, rule of three in centre windows:-

Body Shop, Chester

Deichman. On the cusp of Deco:-

Deichmann, Chester

I managed to get Marks and Spencer this time:-

Marks &Spencer, Chester

Detail. Note “sunburst” balcony:-

Detail Marks and Spencer, Chester 1

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