Category Archives: Other 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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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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Glasgow day 3

Hill House had only two private owners (both Mackintosh fans) before it passed into the embalmer’s hands, so it’s as authentic as you can get. It’s positioned on a hill overlooking the River Clyde and is the kind of harmonious, … Continue reading

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