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Slains Castle

On the way back down from Fraserburgh and Peterhead we decided to take a look at Slains Castle, just on the coast near Cruden. Apparently this is New Slains Castle as there is an older Slains Castle nearby.

Bram Stoker visited the castle in its heyday and is said to have used it as a model for Dracula’s castle in his novel.

It is quite atmospheric and spooky from a distance:-

Slains Castle

Closer view:-

Slains Castle

The interior is open to the elements:-

Slains Castle Interior

Landward side:-

Slains Castle

Seaward side:-

Slains Castle

An interior wall. (This looks much more recent):-

Slains Castle Interior Wall

Peterhead Monuments

Field Marshal Keith Monument, on junction of Broad Street and Tolbooth Wynd, Peterhead:-

Field Marshal Keith Monument, Peterhead

Inscription. Killed at the Battle of Hochkirch 14/10/1758. The gift of William I of Prussia, 25/8/1868.

Field Marshal Keith Monument Inscription

Reform Monument, Broad Street. To commemorate the passing of the Great Reform Bill 1832.

Reform Monument, Peterhead

Reform Monument Plaque:-

Reform Monument, Peterhead, Plaque

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Boat-Shaped bench, presumably reflecting the town’s fishing tradition:-

Boat-Shaped Bench, Peterhead

Fisherwoman statue. Again, a nod to the town’s heritage:-

Fisherwoman Statue, Peterhead

Peterhead Trail Plaque, The pends of Peterhead:-

Peterhead Trail Plaque

Gordon Highlanders Memorial, Peterhead

On Kirk Street, Peterhead.

A hexagonal column surmounted by pillars, with a pyramidal apex.

From north. Inscribed with the Gordon Highlanders Insignia and the names Festubert and Vimy Ridge. Great War Roll of Honour behind.

Gordon Highlanders Memorial, Peterhead

From west. Inscribed Somme, Beaumont-Hamel, Arras, Ypres, Cambrai:-

Peterhead, Gordon Highlanders Memorial

From east. Inscribed St Quentin, Merville, Scarpe, Soissons, Chievres:-

Gordon Highlanders Memorial, Peterhead from East

5th Battalion Gordon Highlanders Great War Roll of Honour, by side of Gordon Highlanders Memorial, Kirk Street, Peterhead:-

5th Battalion Gordon Highlanders Great War Roll of Honour, Peterhead

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 53: Peterhead (iii)

Art Deco Building, Peterhead. Now home to Superdrug:-

Art Deco Building, Peterhead

Art Deco Former Pub, Peterhead. Next to former Regal/Kingsway cinema, Marischal Street:-

Art Deco Former Pub, Peterhead.

Once the Drummer’s Bar, now unoccupied:-

Art Deco (Former) Pub, Peterhead

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 53: Peterhead (ii)

The Regal/Kingsway Cinema, Marischal Street, opened 1939, stopped showing films before 1970.

High Art Deco stepping and verticals. Rule of three in separate verticals:-

Former Regal/Kingsway, Cinema, Peterhead

Former Regal/Kingsway Cinema, Peterhead

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 53: Peterhead (i)

I found several Art Deco buildings in Peterhead including two former cinemas in the style.

This one was the Playhouse (opened in 1931, finally closed 1999) in Queen Street:-

Former Playhouse Cinema, Peterhead

(Stitch of two photos to get it all in. It’s not really curved.):-

The Playhouse, Peterhead

This photo is taken from the Scottish cinemas website

The Playhouse, Peterhead

War Graves, Peterhead

These graves were in the churchyard which lies behind Peterhead’s War Memorials (see previous posts.)

Sub-Lieutenant K S Roberts N Z Naval Volunteer Reserve, 7/6/1944, aged 22:-

War Grave, Peterhead

Gunners W Gawthorpe and S E Thomson, Maritime Regiment Royal Artillery, both 25/1/1942, S E Thomson aged 22. A Rogers, Trimmer, Merchant Navy, 12/3/1942, aged 24:-

War Graves, Peterhead Cemetery

This stone commemorates those known to be buried in Peterhead Churchyard but not marked by separate headstones. 15 known Great War dead. Two Great War and one Second World War unknown dead:-

Peterhead War Graves Memorial

Unknown fisherman given back by the sea 16/1/1943:-

Possible War Grave, Peterhead

Gravestone, “Erected by Alexander Stephen in loving memory of his sons who fell during the great European War, George who was killed at sea 15/2/1918 and is interred here and John who was killed at Arras 15/2/1917 aged 20.”

Great  War Grave, Peterhead

Peterhead Second World War Memorial

This memorial is in the form of two pillars, at the entrance to the churchyard – to the left in this photo:-

Peterhead War Memorial Gate Pillars

Both pillars are inscribed 1939 1945 on the front and facing sides:-

Peterhead Second World War Memorial Pillars

The left one is inscribed, “They were honoured in their generations and were the glory of their times”:-

Peterhead Second World War Memorial Inscription

On the right, the lower inside column is inscribed “Died as a result of war service”:-

Peterhead Second World War Memorial Dedication

Ellon, Aberdeenshire

We stopped at Ellon both on the way up to Peterhead and on the way back down.

A scenic river passes just to the west of the town, the River Ythan.

River Ythan at Ellon

It’s crossed by two bridges, the old one:-

Old Bridge, Ellon

And the newer:-

Newer Bridge Over River Ythan at Ellon

If you look closely at the above photo you’ll spot a single swan. Here it is in a closer shot:-

Swan in River Ythan, Ellon

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