Door to the Abbey garden, Westminster

Thursday doors

Door 28

Door to the Abbey garden, Westminster
Door to the Abbey garden, Westminster

About 18 months ago I was on a secondment with my work, and spent two days a week in Westminster. This gave me the opportunity to reacquaint myself with parts of London as a visitor, rather than as a Londoner, which I am originally, having been brought up in North London. I left in my twenties, lived in different parts of the country and abroad and have been settled in Bristol now for about 26 years or so.

The great thing about seeing things through a visitor’s eyes is that nothing is ignored or taken for granted, every small detail examined and logged. It is so easy to miss that with which you are most familiar.

So…to the door. This door is in the wall surrounding Westminster Abbey garden, a door which most people simply walk past. For me it is not the wood or hinges, or even the sombre utilitarian sign that holds the interest, but it is the surrounding doorway, the mix of stonework and the way it is keyed into the wall itself that I am attracted to. Of course, there is also the mystery…What lies beyond? Who goes there? How can you get in?

A top secret garden.

by Scooj

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I am Stephen. I live in Bristol, UK. I decided to shorten my this: Wildlife, haiku, travel, streetart, psychogeography and my family. Not necessarily in that order.

12 thoughts on “Thursday doors”

  1. Nice find. I love the wear on the old stone wall.
    It is fascinating how we can pay attention to even the most minute details when we’re there as a tourist, yet around home we just take things for granted and barely give them a thought. I really try to notice details when close to home as if through the eyes of a tourist. It leads to some interesting discoveries, but it does take some practice.

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  2. It really is attractive. I was also wondering about the garden on the other side. I think the idea of trying to feel like a tourist in your own town/city is an excellent way to approach things through fresh eyes.


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  3. I’ve never been introduced to that word, secondment, before and had to look it up. Thanks! I enjoyed your musings… the eye of your camera always captures me, but it’s always wonderful to see a glimpse of your mind. That door would drive me crazy. I’d have to try and pick the lock!

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