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A Heron at Bridge of Allan

Whenever we’re in Bridge of Allan we always take a stroll up to and across the road bridge over the Allan Water. There’s nearly always a heron on the weir or on this wooden construction above the sluice gate. It must be a good spot for hunting.

Heron, Bridge of Allan

Heron at Bridge of Allan

Art Deco Shop Fronts, Stirling

I’ve been in Stirling many times but never really looked for any Art Deco.

We were there a couple of weeks ago, after viewing a house in nearby Bridge of Allan, and wandered into the city centre where I saw this on Murray Place:-

I can’t have looked up before but the frontage (and sideage) is pretty kenspeckle for all that. I don’t know how I could have missed it all those other times I’ve been there. By its appearance it may once have been a Burton’s.

The only other building we saw that remotely resembles deco was on Viewfield Place. Minor deco at best.

Bridge of Allan War Memorial

The War Memorial in Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire, is situated in a small park just as you enter the town from the direction of the Wallace Monument. It’s cenotaph-like and imposing.

These photos were taken back in the summer using the old camera and looking at them it seems it may have been on the way out even then.

Bridge of Allan War Memorial

Bridge of Allan War Memorial

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 23: Bridge of Allan!

This is the Allan Water Café. Quite a few of Scotland’s rivers are named something Water, (the Leithen Water is an example, and there is also of course the Water of Leith.) Though the river is only a few tens of metres away to the left of the photos you don’t actually see it when driving over the bridge as the parapet is too high for that.

Anyway the café has a typical 30s café frontage. This is from further along the road. Note the detailing above the windows and door. The more modern extension to the right (not in photo) isn’t deco but was full of customers when I took this.

Allan Water Café from right

The facade has pronounced deco features; horizontals and verticals emphasised in the glazing, nice detailing above the door. It seems to have been an addition to the front of an older house.

Allan Water Café Front view

More detailing above the window and door of the furthest left portion of the building complex.

Allan Water Café close view to left

David Stirling Memorial

If you travel down (or up) the B824 between the roundabout at the northern end of the M9 (where it turns into the A9 for further travel north) and the small town of Doune in Stirlingshire you can see off the road the statue of a lone figure. The signpost names it as the David Stirling Memorial.

Who was David Stirling?

Well, he was the man who started up the Special Air Services Regiment, otherwise known as the SAS.

This is the statue:-

David Stirling Memorial 1

One of the plaques on the statue’s base names Stirling, the other is a memorial to those SAS men who died on active service.

David Stirling Memorial 2

Two more photos of this statue are on my flickr site.

It’s in a lovely location on a rural hillside with views of rolling hills. And a wind farm. (I don’t think wind farms are eyesores, by the way. People who moan about them probably wax lyrical about windmills to which they are the modern equivalent.)

Why site the statue in such an out of the way spot?

Well; Stirling was a local. The Parish of Lecropt, where he was born, lies between Bridge of Allan (over the M9 near the town – now city – of Stirling) and Doune. There is a Carse of Lecropt and a Lecropt Kirk signposted as you leave Bridge of Allan heading towards the M9.

David Stirling’s Wikipedia entry shows a family connection with the Lord Lovat who led a brigade on to Sword Beach during the D-Day landings. Lovat famously ordered his personal bagpiper to pipe the commandos ashore. The defending Germans reputedly didn’t shoot him (the piper) because they thought he was mad.

That last bit about the Germans may be an urban myth but makes a great story.

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