Category Archives: Places

Silver End Modernism

Silver End village near Braintree was developed in the mid-1920s by the Crittall family to accommodate a new factory (the eponymous steel windows, which, as I recall from Grandad’s flat in Willesden, were very cold to the touch) plus housing … Continue reading

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Frinton-on-Sea Modernism

  Shades of the Weissenhofsiedlung and Södra Ängby: Modernism in Frinton-on-Sea. The Frinton Park estate, begin 1934, was intended to be a very modern housing estate, but – perhaps unsurprisingly – only a small part of it was built. The … Continue reading

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The Great Stone of Fourstones

The weather is so lousy this summer that a day with no rain forecast must be seized with both handlebars. So the Brompton and I set off to find the Great Stone of Fourstones (there are no others, which makes … Continue reading

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Leeds-Liverpool Canal

As it wasn’t raining today, I took the Brompton and went to Keighley to cycle along the canal towpath to Leeds. (Perhaps not the best bike for the rough surface, but definitely the best bike for the crowded trains.) I … Continue reading

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Scottish National Gallery

Another enjoyable morning amongst paintings (and masses of tourists). I started with E A Wilson again (A Daydream, oil on canvas, 1885), and then came across the (to me) bizarre St Bride by John Duncan (1913, tempura on canvas, which … Continue reading

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Edinburgh: “True to Life” exhibition

Edinburgh is a handsomer city than Glasgow I suppose, but the centre lacks the latter’s eclecticism. I like mercantile cities that experienced a burst of dynamism in the 19th/early 20th centuries, even if it means that they also suffered a … Continue reading

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The Glasgow Colourists

Before checking out of the hotel, I returned to Kelvingrove to have a look at the Scottish Colourists’ gallery. After studying a few paintings, I got my eye in and entertained myself by going round the walls and guessing: Fergusson, … Continue reading

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