Door, Llandoger Trow, King Street, Bristol

Thursday doors

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This week I have pulled out some pictures I took back in July with Thursday Doors in mind. They are of a very popular pub in the centre of Bristol, the Llandoger Trow in King Street, diagonally opposite the very recently refurbished Theatre Royal.

The Llandoger Trow gets its name from a small village in South Wales, Llandogo, and a trow, which is a flat-bottomed sailing boat that could lower its mast for navigating under bridges. It was named by a former owner of the pub, Captain Hawkins, who lived in Llandogo.

Llandoger Trow, King Street, Bristol
Llandoger Trow, King Street, Bristol

The building dates from 1664 but it was damaged during the war, like so many buildings in Bristol, and originally had five gable fronted sections – it had been a row of houses. In the middle, the pub has an 18th century shop front, but the doors although they look old are in fact 20th century, the door frames much older.

Door, Llandoger Trow, King Street, Bristol
Door, Llandoger Trow, King Street, Bristol

I love the way that around old buildings grow great stories, some of which might be based on some kind of truth, but many are part of our urban mythology. One story says that the pub was the inspiration behind Robert Louis Stevenson’s Admiral Benbow in Treasure Island, another story is that Daniel Defoe met Alexander Selkirk, his inspiration for Robinson Crusoe here.

Door, Llandoger Trow, King Street, Bristol
Door, Llandoger Trow, King Street, Bristol

No self-respecting old building is complete without a ghost and the Llandoger Trow boasts some fifteen of them! Can’t say I’ve ever seen one, although I have seen some rather deathly looking characters emerge at closing time.

Door, Llandoger Trow, King Street, Bristol
Door, Llandoger Trow, King Street, Bristol

And round the side is a rather ordinary door and this ‘upside down’ window.

Window, Llandoger Trow, King Street, Bristol
Door, Llandoger Trow, King Street, Bristol

And that’s it for this week.

by Scooj

More fabulous doors at: Thursday Doors – Norm 2.0

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

13 thoughts on “Thursday doors”

  1. What a great building. Given its age and sllnit has been through, I’m glad to see so much of it has survived. Also glad to see that when the door had to be replaced, that care was taken to preserve the historical appearance. And I live that upside down window. Thanks for joining us st Thursday Doors!

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  2. Great post Scooj and I love those black doors and you’ve done a great job with the story telling. It’s past midnight here and cold, the rain is pouring down and I couldn’t find my mojo tonight. I have been using photos taken on our trip to Tasmania last January so far but am feeling I’ll need to go on a proper doorscursion soon and actually find some really tantalyzing doors. Supermodels even. Sadly, the humble door doesn’t stand a chance.
    Hope you have a great week.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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    1. Thanks Rowena, I struggle sometimes to find good doors. I have two more sets of Italian doors to share, then I am back to the individual special Bristol doors.

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