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Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 40 (iii): Greenbank, Helensburgh

Greenbank is a classic Art Deco house in Helensburgh – once West Dunbartonshire but now – after the Tories gerrymandered Scottish council areas in 1976 in an attempt to bolster their representation, not that that’s how it turned out – in Argyll and Bute

Strong horizontals and verticals, rounded canopy and balcony, appears to be Critall windows still. They’ve not been “poked out” anyway. It looks more like cream than white rendering, though, but that’s okay:-

Greenbank, Helensburgh

The colour scheme reminds me of Wolverton in Silver End.

Greenbank, Helensburgh

A side view:-

Side View, Greenbank, Helensburgh

Nordfjord, Norway

Reflections in Nordfjord, Olden, Norway:-

More Reflections in Nordfjord, Olden, Norway

Misty mountain and reflections in Nordfjord:-

Reflections in Nordfjord, Olden, Norway

Head of Nordfjord, Norway, looking towards Olden, SS Black Watch in background:-

View in Olden, Norway

SS Black Watch and hill overlooking Nordfjord:-

SS Black Watch and Hill, Olden, Norway

SS Black Watch berthed, Olden, Norway:-

SS Black Watch Berthed, Olden, Norway

Most of this set of photos were taken on a walk we made from Olden towards Loen Fjord. As we were making our way a strange disturbance of the water on Nordfjord made its way in from the seaward end of the fjord. I supposed it might have been the tide coming in but we were so far from the open sea there were no waves as such.

The views and the open water to the left as we made our way westwards with the hills on the other side reminded me of the road from Helensburgh, 8 miles north of Dumbarton, towards Rhu and the Gareloch. The mouth of Loen Fjord (photo taken from Nordfjord, when sailing away from Olden) is flanked by higher mountains though:-

Loen Fjord, Norway

Seething Hatred?

I discovered yesterday that poet W H Auden spent some time (two years) in Helensburgh – eight or so miles from Dumbarton – teaching at Larchfield Academy.

This information came to me via a review in the Guardian of a book Larchfield by Polly Clark.

The book, a novel, deals with Auden’s time there but there is also apparently (I’ve not read it, only the review) a present day section featuring Dora, an incomer to the town, who finds herself ill at ease there as it is “seething with hatred of outsiders.”

Really? Helensburgh, in my youth at least, was a tourist town and has had a fair number of incomers over the years what with the Faslane base just up the road. Is it really seething with hatred to such outsiders who bring – or brought – money into the town? Is it unwelcoming? No more so than anywhere else I’d have thought.

Or is Clark unfairly traducing it for literary purposes?

(It is entirely possible of course that a few incomers might “play the English” – as an English writer acquaintance of mine who now lives in Edinburgh depicts some of his compatriots who come to Scotland and moan about why it isn’t English and try to throw their weight about – and suffer adverse comments as a result.)

Charles Rennie Mackintosh Building

In an item on today’s Reporting Scotland on BBC 1 Scotland I immediately recognised this building:-

Helensburgh Shop Building

I had posted about it here.

It seems this is one of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s designs and the building has now been refurbished and it is intended to turn it into an art gallery.

Tonight’s episode featuring the building will be available for a short time only on the iPlayer here.

Helensburgh Architecture

I was over in the west in April (for the Queen of the South game I think) and took in Helensburgh again.

This shop (in Sinclair Street?) has very minor Art Deco touches:-

Decoish Shop Frontage Helensburgh

Detail of windows to right:-

Helensburgh, Decoish Frontage 2

This building (definitely in Sinclair Street) is impressive in its upper reaches:-

Helensburgh Shop Building

Roofline detail:-

Helensburgh Shop Close-up

This cartouche looks like it may be a representation of St Andrew:-

Helensburgh Shop Detail

Edited to add:- I have since discoverd this is one of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s designs.

Cardross War Memorial

This lies beside the main road through the town, which is on the A 814 between Dumbarton and Helensburgh.

Cardross War Memorial

Closer view:-

Cardross War Memorial Close-up

Left-hand name panels:-

Cardross War Memorial Name Plaques

Right-hand name panels:-

Cardross War Memorial Names

The Logie Baird Pub, Helensburgh

This is the former La Scala Cinema, Helensburgh, now a pub named after Helensburgh’s most famous son, John Logie Baird, inventor of television. (Well, one form of it.) Stitch of two photos:-

The Logie Baird Pub, Helensburgh

The building was erected in 1913 so it doesn’t qualify as Art Deco proper but there are some features which prefigure the style like these side pillars:-

The Logie Baird, Helensburgh  Side View

Also the stepping on the roof-line. The painting scheme emphasises the Deco feel:-

The Logie Baird

1930s House

This is just off the A 814 road between Cardross and Helensburgh. Has Deco styling with curved bay protrusion, flat roof, white render.

Art Deco House

Side view:-

Art Deco House Side View

Shows extensions (??) at side:-

Art Deco House Again

From across the A 814 road. Shows curved bay and arched entrance of brick, painted black:-

Art Deco House More Fully

Helensburgh War Memorial

Situated in Hermitage Park, Helensburgh’s War Memorial is fenced off behind these gates and tall hedging.

Helensburgh War Memorial Gates

Below is the view from the gates. The setting within looks pleasant enough. Was there a pond at one point?

Helensburgh War Memorial From Gate

Names are inscribed on the rectangular cartouche. There must be more on the other sides but I couldn’t get in to the fenced area to see.

Helensburgh War Memorial Close-Up

These facing ones seem to be World War 1 names, broken down by year.
World War 2 must be elsewhere on the memorial.

Helensburgh War Memorial Names

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 40: Helensburgh

Typically Art Deco former Woolworths building in Helensburgh, Scotland. Now a Wilkies:-

Former Woolworths Helensburgh

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