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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

Ashby de la Zouch Castle (ii)

Castle from its grounds:-

Ashby Castle, Leicestershire

Main tower block:-

Ashby Castle, Leicestershire,

Apparently this is William Lord Hastings’s tower:-

Ashby de la Zouch Castle Information Board

We climbed it. All 23 metres of it via 96 fairly steep steps. Knackering. This is a video of the panorama from the top. (All through our visit those church bells were ringing. It was a Saturday – the bell-ringers must have been practicing):-

Panorama From Tower Ashby de la Zouch

Formal Gardens information board. There was no way to avoid my shadow on it!:-

Shaded Information Board, Ashby de la Zouch Castle

This tower was in one corner of the grounds:-

Corner Tower, Ashby de la Zouch Castle

In its heyday the castle was a centre for “noble” sports:-

Ashby de la Zouch Castle, Information Board

This nearby field is said to be the jousting ground where Walter Scott set his tournament in Ivanhoe:-

Ashby Castle Jousting Grounds (ivanhoe)

Ashby de la Zouch Castle (i)

We had no idea before we went that Ashby de la Zouch had an old ruined castle, but as we were doing the detour round the town required by the street fair blocking the main road we saw a sign pointing to it.

As old castles go it’s one of the better ones.

From entrance:-

Ashby de la Zouch Castle

Welcome Board:-

Ashby Castle Board

First building:-

Castle, Ashby de la Zouch

Ashby Castle

Further portion:-

Part of Castle, Ashby de la Zouch

Picture window:-

Ashby de la Zouch, Part of Castle

The fireplace on the left wall has the remains of shields on it:-

Fireplace, Ashby de la Zouch Castle


Ashby de la Zouch, Castle Interior

The castle was demolished as the result of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms:-

Information Board, Ashby de la Zouch Castle

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

Ashby de la Zouch War Memorial

After Coalville (see previous posts) our next stop was Ashby de la Zouch, known originally as Ashby and still referred to by that name in short.

The town’s War Memorial is in the form of a stone arch with a cross in the arch’s gap. On either side of the arch are plaques bearing names for the Great War dead. Below the cross and flanked by those names a dedication plaque reads, “Erected to the glory of God and in undying remembrance of the men of Ashby de la Zouch who gave their lives for their country in the Great War.” On the wall on which the arch stands a further plaque carries Second World War names.

Unfortunately the Memorial was partly hidden by a street fair the day I visited Ashby so the photographs are taken from either side.

War Memorial, Ashby de La Zouch

Ashby de La Zouch, War Memorial Rolls of Honour

This one shows the cross:-

Ashby de La Zouch War Memorial

World War 2 plaque:-

War Memorial, Ashby de la Zouch, World War 2 Names

A lantern stands to the left of the Memorial:-

Ashby de la Zouch, War Memorial Plus Lantern

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