Many thanks to friend of Balintore, Gavin, for supplying a scan of a colour slide, featuring the castle, dating from 1954. I have seen nothing from this era before. Hitherto, there had been a window from 1923 to 1968, with no photographic record. I have asked Gavin if he can scan the castle itself in greater resolution, as this will give a clue as to the condition. I understand dry rot was first noticed in the 1950's.
Gavin has his own Facebook page dedicated to vintage colour photographs. These make for absolutely fascinating viewing. It is quite magical and strangely transporting to see the past in colour when one expects to see it in black and white. Gavin's website is here; his blog is here and he has even had a couple of books published: Vintage London: The Capital in Colour 1910-60 and London's Big Day: The Coronation 60 Years On .
The trees in the wood behind the castle are bigger than they are now, which indicates there has been a felling at some stage. By zooming in, I spotted the ball finial is still on the low square turret in 1954. This tallies with the approximate date of the dramatic story which details its removal, which I have yet to relate on this blog. A friend pointed out that the shutters on the entire south side of the building look to be closed. Was this an attempt to stop the furnishings fading or was the building shut-up out of season?
Can anyone identify the make of the rather fine automobile from which the picture was taken by its hood ornament?
|Balintore castle in 1954|
Here is the best match I can find on the Internet for the bonnet ornament. Thus was used by Jaguar in the 1950's, so the date tallies as well. Interestingly, it is not as strongly stylised as usual.
|candidate matching bonnet ornament from the Internet|