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Art Deco in Oswestry

As a town, Oswestry in Shropshire, England, may have seen better days. A lot of the buildings in the town centre looked tired.

The former Regal Cinema certainly has the deco look, though it’s now what looks like a hairdresser’s plus a Factory Shop. The original glazing would have looked better but the replacement windows are adequate:-

Art Deco Former Cinema, Oswestry 5

Reverse view. The canopy and roofline above are good features:-

Reverse View, Former Regal Cinema, Oswestry

Could this once have been a Woolworths? It’s now a Poundland anyway. And a Pep & Co:-

Art Deco Shop, Oswestry

Frontal view:-

Art Deco Poundland, Oswestry

The Sports Direct has also seen better days:-

Another Tired Art Deco Shop, Oswestry

British Heart Foundation:-

Art Deco Shop in Oswestry

More Art Deco in Penrith

This is now a B&M Bargains but may once have been a Woolworths. It has that look:-

Art Deco Shop, Penrith

Eden Rural Power:-

Art Deco Building, Penrith

Reverse view. Art Deco rule of three in upper front and lower side windows:-

Penrith Art Deco Building

Doors on the Alhambra Cinema:-

Art Deco Cinema Door, Penrith

Seen in an antique shop/yard. An old advert for Critall Windows, which were the height of Art Deco style. (The link contains all my mentions of Critall Windows):-

Advert for Critall Windows

Former Woolworths Stores in East London

Pictures shamelessly stolen from diamond geezer’s post. (I’ve only included the Art Deco buildings.)

572-574 Roman Road, Bow, E3 5ES:-

Former Woolies, Roman Road, Bow, E3 5ES

Hackney, 333/337 Mare Street, E8 1HY:-

Former Woolies, 333/337 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1HY

72-76 High Street North, East Ham, E6 2JL:-

Former Woolies, 72-76 High Street North,  East Ham, E6 2JL

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.

Blackpool Art Deco (i) Former Woolworths

This stunning builidng is hard by Blackpool Tower.

Loads of horizontals and verticals. And that clock tower! (Blackpool Tower behind):-

Old Woolworths, Blackpool

West (seaside) frontage. Now the Albert and Lion pub:-

Former Woolworths, Blackpool from West

Clock Tower:-

Clock Tower, Former Woolworths Blackpool

South facade and part of clock tower:-

Former Woolworths, Blackpool, South Facade

Towards the rear the building has a delightful curve. Those portions now house a Poundland and a Sports Direct:-

Curve on Fortmer Woolworths Building, Blackpool

The detailing here is sublime:-

Detailing, Former Woolworths, Blackpool

Rear of building:-

Rear, Former Woolworths, Blackpool

Woolworth’s British Shop Fronts

Thanks to Duncan for this one.

A short history with photographs of British Woolworth’s shop fronts, whose heyday was of course in the Art Deco 1930s.

As Duncan says, an old Woolies is almost instantly recognisable.

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 44: Montrose

This looks like it was once a Woolworths:-

Montrose Former Woolworths

This one’s now a Clinton’s:-

Art Deco Shop, Montrose

And this is a Ladbroke’s:-

Another Art Deco Shop, Montrose 3

The glazing on the Ladbroke’s is good:-

Glazing, Art Deco, Montrose

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 42 (ii): Bathgate (ii)

A couple more Art Deco buildings in Bathgate.

This one looks like an ex-Woolworths but is now a Poundland. Typical deco styling:-

Former Woolworths, Bathgate

Deco touches:-

Minor Art Deco, Bathgate

Bank of Scotland. This may be later but has deco elements, especially the tall window:-

Art Deco Style Bank, Bathgate

The Pavilion, an ex-cinema, isn’t truly deco as it was built in 1920 but it prefigures the style. Note the Rule of Three in the front windows and door:-

Former Pavilion Cinema, Bathgate

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 40: Helensburgh

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

Former Woolworths Helensburgh

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 11c. Dumbarton Yet Again

Familiarity must breed not looking. How I missed this building in this sequence up to now I don’t know. Anyway I caught it early in May when I was over for the last game in the season.

It’s the ex-Savings Bank of Glasgow building in Dumbarton, now a TSB.

Dumbarton TSB

The former Woolworths has been given a makeover and is now a Wotherspoons, The Captain James Lang. The frontage has cleaned up nicely. Compare this to the photo I took in 2009.

Dumbarton Former Woolworths

On the wall inside is a photograph of Dumbarton Woolies in its heyday.

Dumbarton Old Woolworths

As a homage to the building’s past this array of old Pic’n’Mix bags and sweets is also on display.

Pic n Mix, Dumbarton

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