Known as the home of heavy industry, pumping plumes of smoke into the air from concrete towers, Port Talbot in South Wales also happens to have a marvellous selection of buildings dating from the 1920s and 1930s, with a few gems in the Art Deco style. The jewel is the 'Plaza' Deco cinema. I believe that it's recently secured funding to be turned into an arts centre, and so hopefully that fabulous façade will be saved. My trip to Port Talbot was entirely unplanned, it just happened to be where the nearest Minor Injuries Unit was located after my incident with the hot water bottle (see this post). I always take my camera with me these days and was lucky enough to spy the Plaza when I was lost (again).
There are other buildings on the same street from the era, including a hardware store that is quite well preserved and I also spied a somewhat unfortunate Victorian building that is now half pebble-dashed over the lovely original tiles!
A little further away, in Baglan, is this gorgeous Art Deco villa, that used to be known as 'Mug's Villa' because the owner made his fortune through a gambling business. Classical singer Paul Potts is the present owner, and made the press because he made some changes to the interior without the necessary permissions, as it's a listed building that's protected for its architectural importance.
It just shows that Britain has a wealth of buildings of architectural and historic importance, and that you don't have to go far to find them. Do you have any examples of 1920s or 1930s architecture where you live? Or unlikely places that house architectural gems?