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War Memorials and Grave, Wooler Church

On the way back up from Peterborough we stopped at Wooler in Northumberland (Northumbria as was.) It’s one of our favourite places.

It being 2018 the local church was hosting an exhibition on the aniversary of the Great War’s end, featuring photographs and information about local lads who had served.

The church itself contained two War Memorials – one was a Roll of Honour for Wooler Church School, inscribed at top, “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.”

War Memorial for Wooler Church School

The other was dedicated to members of the congregation. There were two name boards, the first inscribed, “To the glory of God and in memory of the men of …” The inscription carries on to the next board.

Wooler Church War Memorial

Inscription carried on from previous board, “… the Parish of Wooler who gave their lives in the Great War AD, 1914-19.”
Next board says, “In memory of those who fell in the Second World War 1939-45.”

War Memorial Wooler Church

Stained glass in church:-

Stained Glass, Wooler Church

Grave of J Stothert, Tyneside Irish Northumberland Fusiliers, 12/8/1917, aged 45:-

War Grave, Wooler

Whithorn Parish Church

This church is situated very near the ruins of Whithorn Priory. It’s very Presbyterian in appearance.

Whithorn Parish Church Exterior

The interior has some stained glass windows:-

Stained Glass in Whithorn Parish Church

World War 2 at Montrose Air Station

Model of Montrose Air Station at Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre:-

Model of Montrose Air Station

Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) poster. The ATA featured many women pilots:-

Air Transport Auxiliary Panel

Detail:-

ATA Panel Detail, Montrose Air Station

Photos of some women flyers:-

Women Flyers

Civilian casualties:-

Civilian casualties at Montrose Air Station

RAF Sector Clock:-

RAF Sector Clock, Montrose Air Station

RAF Memorial Window, in stained glass. Inscribed, “This window commemorates the pilots of the Royal Air Force who in the Battle of Britain turned the work of our hands into the salvation of our country.”:-

RAF Memorial Window

Models of a Mosquito and Hurricane:-

Mosquito and Hurricane Models

War Savings Campaign Plaque:-

War Savings Campaign Plaque

Friday on my Mind 180: A Scene In-Between

I’ve not had a piece of psychedelia for a while. This is a USian take on the form that wasn’t a hit there – or here.

Stained Glass were originally called The Trolls. I suppose they were about thirty years ahead of the time with that. There might have been some sort of Scandinavian connection though.

Stained Glass: A Scene In-Between

Stained Glass, Crichton Collegiate Kirk, Crichton War Memorial

Crichton Collegiate Kirk (see an earlier post) has four lovely stained glass windows.

Stained Glass, Crichton Collegiate Kirk

Crichton Collegiate Kirk, More Stained Glass

Stained Glass  Again, Crichton Collegiate Kirk

The fourth is Crichton’s Great War Memorial:-

aStained Glass War Memorial, Crichton Collegiate Kirk

The wording reads, “To the glory of god and in loving memory of the men of Crichton parish and congregation who gave their lives in the war 1914-1919.”

Wording on Stained Glass War Memorial, Crichton Collegiate Kirk,

The Second World War Memorial is a wooden panel below the Great War stained glass Memorial:-

World War 2 Memorial, Crichton Collegiate Kirk

It is dedicated “In honoured memory of (those) who fell in the World War 1939-1945”:-

Crichton Collegiate Kirk World War 2 Memorial Wording

Edinburgh’s Art Deco Heritage 9: Nicolson Street

I spotted these windows the last time we were in Edinburgh.
They are at the start of Nicolson Street, just after South Bridge travelling south.
They seem to belong at the moment to a restaurant called Spoon.
It’s the overall shape plus the bend to the frontage that gives the Deco feel.

Art Deco Style Windows, Edinburgh

The nice stained glass detailing is more Art Nouveau than Deco however.

Restaurant windows, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh

The Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy

A few months ago on an open day we visited the Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy, the old parish church of the town, whose tower can be seen here from Kirk Wynd.

Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy from Kirk Wynd

We knew before we went that there was some stained glass by the pre-Raphaelite (in its later phase) Edward Burne Jones.

Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy Burne Jones Stained Glass 2
Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy Burne Jones Stained Glass 1

The church is no longer in use as a place of worship having been closed as such by the Church of Scotland in November 2010. The congregation merged with that of St Brycedale Church – no more than 50 yards away! – to become known as St Bryce Kirk. St Bryce is the patron saint of Kirkcaldy. (See here.) These two Burne Jones windows are towards the back of the building if you were entering from Kirk Wynd and are only two of many stained glass windows whose splendour cannot be fully experienced from the outside.

Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy Modern Stained Glass 1
Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy Modern Stained Glass 2
Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy Crear McCartney Stained Glass

The above much more recent stained glass windows represent the flames of the fire which damaged the interior a good few years ago. These flank the main entrance from Kirk Wynd.

One slightly older window by Crear McCartney is on the immediate left wall (see left.)

None of the pews remain as the space inside has been cleared for community use.

It is possible to climb the tower. Don’t do it on a windy day (of which there are a quite a few in Kirkcaldy) as you are fairly exposed on the tower parapet.

Before the stairs/ladders which allow the climb we passed the impressive memorial – see below – to the members of the congregation who died in the World Wars. (The 1939-45 addition blends in well.)

I had to stitch three pictures to get the full panorama of the memorial as the space to step back was limited. The passageway to the stairs is on the left of this.

Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy, War Memorial

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