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Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 50: Kirkcudbright Art Deco Creamery (Now Lost)

I had seen a photograph of this on flickr a few years ago and resolved to look for the building when I next visited the town.

I couldn’t see hide nor hair of it.

It seems the creamery has been closed, demolished and replaced by housing.

That original photograph I saw is at https://flic.kr/p/5mGw8B

At the first link above I also found this photograph:-

Kirkcudbright milk plant

There are three more here.

I’ve also found a video of the abandoned interior with one external shot at the end. It seems the video’s makers had no authorisation to enter the premises:-

And this one shows the demolition:-

Depressing.

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 49: Kirkcudbright

I found two Art Deco styled buildings in Kirkcudbright. There was one I didn’t though. I’ll save that for a later post.

Here are the two I found.

First the Co-op:-

Art Deco Co-op, Kirkcudbright

The former Post Office:

Former Post Office, Kirkcudbright

Detail:-

Detail, Post Office, Kirkcudbright

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 48: Tongland Power Station

Not the sort of thing you really expect to come across on rounding a corner in rural Scotland. An Art Deco/Modernist Power Station.

Tongland Power Station, part of the Galloway hydro-electric power scheme, is in Dumfries and Galloway on the A711 between Castle Douglas and Kirkcudbright.

Tongland Power Station, Dumfries and Galloway

Frontage:-

Tongland Power Station Front Elevation

Reverse view:-

Tongland Power Station, Reverse View

Vehicle entrance gates:-

Tongland Power Station Gates

Detached building and what looks like a huge water tank:-

Part of Tongland Power Station

Dumfries Art Deco (iii)

An Art Deco corner, Dumfries, Marchbank Bakers:-

Art Deco Corner, Dumfries

Around Corner, Art Deco, Dumfries

Former County House:-

Art Deco Former County House, Dumfries

Former County House, Dumfries,  Art Deco

Dumfries Art Deco (ii)

Art Deco styling on roof-line, Dumfries:-

Art Deco Styling, Dumfries

Detail:-

Art Deco Detail, Dumfries

The former British Linen Bank has deco style cladding on the ground floor:-

Former British Linen Bank, Dumfries

British Linen Bank, Dumfries Again

Detail round door:-

British Linen Bank, Dumfries, Door Detail

Dumfries Art Deco (i) Burton’s

Dumfries’s Burton’s is typically Art Deco in style. Unusually for a Burton’s, though, it is built in red sandstone rather than having the usual white stone covering.

Front aspect:-

Burton's, Dumfries, Front Aspect

Upper detailing. Logo and motto, “Montague BURTON the Tailor of Taste”:-

Burton's, Dumfries, Detail

Side view:-

Burton's, Dumfries, Side View

Again the upper portion has a Burton’s logo and motto:-

Burton's, Dumfries, Side Detail

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

The Weatherhouse by Nan Shepherd

Canongate, 2017, 211 p, including 3 p Glossary: plus ii p Dramatis Personae and vi p Introduction. First published 1930.

 The Weatherhouse cover

I don’t normally pick up a book according to its cover but I did in this case. It helped that the novel was by Nan Shepherd whose The Quarry Wood I enjoyed a year or so ago. Yet I was also attracted by the illustration which is almost in the style of a 1930s railway poster – a very Art Deco form – even down to the lettering. The house shown is actually wrong though; in two ways. It is much more of an English type of building rather than Scottish and it bears no relation at all to the hexagonal construction described in the text. Pretty, just the same.

That titular Weatherhouse is the home in Fetter-Rothnie of the Craigmyle family, which consists of matriarch Lang Leeb plus her daughters Annie, Theresa and the widowed Ellen. The story though, is more to do with how Garry Forbes, the intended of Lindsay Lorimer, in turn the daughter of Andrew, Lang Leeb’s cousin, came to become a proverb in Fetter-Rothnie.

The former Minister’s daughter, Louie Morgan, claimed after Forbes’s friend David Grey had died in the Great War that she and Grey had been secretly betrothed and carries Grey’s mother’s ring about her neck as proof. Forbes, home from the war as a convalescent, is convinced that can not be the case. He attempts, first to bring the falseness of Louie’s claim to the attention of the Kirk Session (which upsets Lindsay) and then to prevent his knowledge of Louie’s theft of the ring becoming more widely apprehended.

Despite what appears to be a focus on small matters The Weatherhouse nevertheless has a wider resonance, and has some humorous observations. The incidental mention of the man who, because of his brother, waited twenty years to wed his fiancée (who nevertheless brought him children “as a wedding gift”) shows life in those times was not entirely as straight-laced as might perhaps be thought.

Human dilemmas and emotions occur in all places and at all times. Shepherd shows us the humanity of her characters, in all their complexity. This is a fine companion piece to The Quarry Wood. Both these novels bear some similarities to Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s Sunset Song and Cloud Howe but don’t quite have the sweep of the first of those.

Pedant’s corner:- Amy Liptrot’s introduction says Shepherd’s writing is very localised to the foothills of the Grampian mountains and quotes two of the words she uses, stravaigin and collieshangie as being specific to that area. Stravaigin certainly has no such specificity.
In the glossary: keeing (keeking,) snored (smored.) Otherwise: “you’re as light ’s a feather” (light’s,) knit (knitted,) chose (choose,) “a moment before made up on her sister on the road” (before she made up,) a missing comma before a start quote mark.

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

Karmsund Strait, Norway

The west coast of mainland Norway has a collection of islands off it which provide a reasonably sheltered passage north (or south.) Many ferries ply the waters, a vital lifeline in the days before North Sea oil and the building of roads to remoter regions, and still going.

Karmsund Strait is a passage between the island of Karmøy and the islands of Vestre Bokn and the mainland in the east.

The MV Black Watch approached the narrowest point of the strait towards nightfall:-

Nearing Karmsund Strait, Norway

These were electric pylons on Karmøy but not I think the ones on the photograph on the link above:-

Cable Pylons at Karmsund Strait

The very elegant Karmsund Bridge crosses the strait’s narrowest point:-

Bridge at Karmsund, Norway

Closer view. Note more pylons:-

Bridge at Karmsund, Closer View

Karmsund Bridge from below:-

Karmsund Bridge from Below

Reverse view:-

Karmsund Bridge Reverse View

The area was fairly built-up compared to the previous parts of Norway we’d seen:-

Houses by Karmsund Strait

There was even a house which might be described as Art Deco:-

Deco Style at Karmsund Strait

These were more Moderne than Deco:-

Moderne Style at Karmsund Strait

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