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Art Deco in Kendal

Kendal is reasonably out of the way but it nevertheless has some Art Deco buildings.

This one is now a Home Bargains but looks as if it could once have been a Woolworths:-

Art DecoShop, Kendal

There are nice curved swoops below the roofline. It’s a pity the windows’ eyes have been put out, though:-

Art Deco Detail, Kendal

Bodycare has “rule of three” in the windows and the roofline is decoish:-

Another Art Deco Shop, Kendal

It’s not surprising if a Burton’s is deco but in this one the main pointer is the company’s logo just below the roofline. The rest looks older than deco:-

Burton's, Kendal

Card Factory is just about deco. Is it the rendering – sadly now grey rather than white – or the roofline which gives it a deco feel?

Just About Deco, Kendal

Burton’s, Penrith

In all our travels down to England we had never stopped at Penrith, Cumbria, till February last year. We also made a stop there in September 2018 when we went down south again. Photographs were taken over the two visits.

It’s a compact town with some individual shops but some chain ones too.

Like many other towns Penrith’s Burton’s building is typically Art Deco:-

Burton's, Penrith

Corner view from south-west:-

Burton's Corner, Penrith

Corner view from north-west:-

Burton's, Penrith, Art Deco Shop

Art Deco detail:-

Art Deco Detailing, Burton's, Penrith

Art Deco in Liverpool (iv) Burton’s* and Woolworths

These photos were shot from one or other of the two bus tours we took in Liverpool.

This looks like a former Burton’s* but may not be. It’s certainly Art Deco:-

Former Burton's Liverpool

A former Woolworths is to its left (right as you look at it.)

Old Woolworths, Liverpool

Former Woolworths closer view:-

Former Woolworths, Liverpool

*Edited to add:- I looked at this again and realised it was more like an old cinema so I researched old Liverpool cinemas and discovered it was the ABC Lime Street, see here.

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

Chesterfield Art Deco, Plus….

We stopped for the night just north of Nottingham and headed for Chesterfield in the morning as we knew from our previous visit it had a thriving street market as so many towns in England do.

Somehow I’d missed almost all the Deco in the town centre.

Greenwood’s:-


Greenwoods, Chesterfield

Note the beautiful detailing. Rule of three in the horizontal banding and great rectangle with diamond inlay pls horizontal banding throughout:-

Greenwoods, Chesterfield, Detail

McDonald’s has a hint of deco:-

McDonald's Chesterfield

Last time this was a nightclub called Escapade. Now it’s Department:-

Chesterfield Art Deco

Rule of three in the windows. Good brickwork:-

Tower Detail, Art Deco, Chesterfield.

Again rule of three; at least in upper windows which don’t seem to have been replaced. Good horizontal banding:-

More Detail, Art Deco, Chesterfield.

Deco corner site. Note the detailing between the upper and lower window layers especially on the unpainted brick gable:-

Deco Corner, Chesterfield

As is usual the town’s deco pièce de résistance is a former Burton’s (stitched photo) :-

Burton's, Chesterfield.

In amongst all this modern stuff could be found Tudor style timbering. The Twelfth Century Royal Oak:-

Tudor Style Timbering, Chesterfield

And an old bus, destination Brampton. We’d pass through Brampton later:-

Old Bus, Chesterfield

Art Deco in King’s Lynn (ii) Burton’s

There’s a lovely curved frontage to Burton’s, King’s Lynn:-

Burton's King's Lynn

Detailing round window:-

Burton's, King's Lynn Detail

Column detail:-

Burton's, King's Lynn, Column Detail

Roofline detail. Odd Cadbury’s Smash-like figure stencilled to right here:-

Burton's, King's Lynn, Roofline Detail

Stafford (i)

On the way back to Scotland we stopped off at Stafford for a break.

The place is festooned with Art Deco.

This is the Edinburgh Woollen Mill:-

And here’s a detail:-

This is the upper frontage of the Nat West Building:-

This is another shop’s frontage:-

Here’s Marks and Spencer’s (a stitch of two photos):-

Art Deco, or at least 1930s, style shop upper window. The glazing looks original to me. Possibly Critall. Good brickwork too.

A pub/restaurant called Casa. Perhaps modern but has deco style

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.

Whitehaven, Cumbria

Whitehaven appeared a bit more prosperous than Maryport or Workington, less industrial certainly, and with a lot of sailing yachts in the harbour.

But more Art Deco, not just the Bus Station.

Only separated from the old Bus Station by one building is this pub, the Bransty Arch, now a Wetherspoons.

Bransty Arch, Whitehaven

Here’s the frontage in more detail. Good stuff on the roofline and the Arch motif.

Bransty Arch Detail

Here’s the side view looking back towards the old Bus Station.

Bransty Arch side view

Further into the town I found a Burton’s.

Burton's, Whitehaven

This is typical of 30s Burton’s style. Pity about the wires and other guff in the way in this other view in which I also seem inadvertently to have photographed a gull on the roof!

Burton's, Whitehaven, side view

We found a large second-hand book shop in the town, very nook and cranny-like. Sadly none of the books grabbed my interest sufficiently to buy any. Ones I might have bought I already had! The good lady managed one purchase, though, and also browsed one she had been thinking of buying from the internet but decided she wouldn’t like it.

Kirkcaldy's Art Deco Heritage 3, Reprise: Burton's at Christmas

My original post on the Kirkcaldy Burton’s was one of my earliest to feature Art Deco.

This year, along with some other buildings in the town centre, Burton’s has been illuminated for Christmas by coloured uplighters. The subtlety and elegance of this stands in contrast to the poorer effort of the town’s main Christmas lights which are white and strung along the High Street and can be seen below.

Burton's, Kirkcaldy, at Night

Burton's, Kirkcaldy, Dec 2012

The colours change in sequence, gradually, and the blue/purple ones in particular show off the Art Deco detailings on the window surrounds to great effect.

Burton's, Kirkcaldy, Lit Up

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