Thursday doors – 7 April 2022

Doors 180 – Some doors from the city of Westminster, Greater London

I work as a civil servant, and my department is based in London, although I report to an office in Bristol. As we emerge into a new normal, my immediate team (four of us, each located in different parts of England) have decided to get together for meetings once a month in London at our main office. The most recent meeting was last Friday, and the walk from Westminster underground station to the department takes me past some rather grand doors. Here are some of them I thought worthy of sharing:

Number 3, carved wooden door with a superb masonry door surround, Westminster, London, April 2022
Number 3, carved wooden door with a superb masonry door surround, Westminster, London, April 2022
Blue door with a fine stone arc, Westminster, London, April 2022
Blue door with a fine stone arc, Westminster, London, April 2022
Black door and fine steps, Westminster, London, April 2022
Black door and fine steps, Westminster, London, April 2022
Blue door with white iron work above, Westminster, London, April 2022
Blue door with white iron work above, Westminster, London, April 2022
Gateway doors, back entrance to Westminster School, Westminster, London, April 2022
Gateway doors, back entrance to Westminster School, Westminster, London, April 2022
Ecliastical door with castellated surround, Westminster, London, April 2022
Ecliastical door with castellated surround, Westminster, London, April 2022
Black door with a stunning carved timber surround , Westminster, London, April 2022
Black door with a stunning carved timber surround , Westminster, London, April 2022

Perhaps I can bag another clutch of doors next time I return to the London office, that’s yer lot for now though.

May I wish you a pleasant weekend.

If you have made it this far, you probably like doors, and you really ought to take a look at the No Facilities blog by Dan Anton who has taken over the hosting of Thursday Doors  from Norm 2.0 blog. Links to more doorscursions can be found in the comments section of Dan Anton’s Thursday Doors post.

by Scooj

Thursday doors – 16 December 2021

Doors 173 – My favourite doors of 2021 – a review

As mentioned by Dan in his recent Thursday Doors posts, it is traditional this week,  to take a look back at the doors of last year and post our favourites, so here we go for my favourite doors of 2021. I hope you enjoy them (again). Note – all these doors were first posted in 2021, although some were photographed in previous years.

A rather fetching door and surround, Bristol, January 2021
A rather fetching door and surround, Bristol, January 2021
Church door with (extra) large hinges, St Agnes, Bristol, May 2020
Church door with (extra) large hinges, St Agnes, Bristol, May 2020
Double doors, Stokes Croft, Bristol, May 2020
Double doors, Stokes Croft, Bristol, May 2020
Beware of the dog, makeshift door, Bristol, March 2021
Beware of the dog, makeshift door, Bristol, March 2021
Garage door to Electricity House, Christmas Street, Bristol, March 2021
Garage door to Electricity House, Christmas Street, Bristol, March 2021
Bristol South Baths, Entrance doors, Bristol, May 2019
Bristol South Baths, Entrance doors, Bristol, May 2019
Door at number 2, Blaise Hamlet, Bristol, May 2021
Door at number 2, Blaise Hamlet, Bristol, May 2021
Door to the Hospital of the Blessed Virgin Mary (1254), Chichester, May 2021
Door to the Hospital of the Blessed Virgin Mary (1254), Chichester, May 2021
Door with beautiful brickwork including a crest above it, Chichester, May 2021
Door with beautiful brickwork including a crest above it, Chichester, May 2021
Closed shop door, Lyme Regis, Dorset, July 2021
Closed shop door, Lyme Regis, Dorset, July 2021
Perfectly proportioned house and fine blue door, Lyme Regis, Dorset, July 2021
Perfectly proportioned house and fine blue door, Lyme Regis, Dorset, July 2021
Polruan Block House door, Polruan, Cornwall, August 2021
Polruan Block House door, Polruan, Cornwall, August 2021
Blue hillside door, Liskeard, Cornwall, August 2021
Blue hillside door, Liskeard, Cornwall, August 2021
A stunning door to the former home of the mother and aunt of the Brontë sisters, Penzance, Cornwall, August 2021
A stunning door to the former home of the mother and aunt of the Brontë sisters, Penzance, Cornwall, August 2021
Captain Cutters House door, Penzance, Cornwall, August 2021
Captain Cutters House door, Penzance, Cornwall, August 2021
Vine cottage green door, Looe, Cornwall, October 2021
Vine cottage green door, Looe, Cornwall, October 2021
Double garage doors, Bristol, June 2021
Double garage doors, Bristol, June 2021

So another year of Thursday doors comes to an end – with all the COVID-19 disruption it hasn’t been the easiest year to get out and photograph doors, but it has nonetheless been great fun. May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Christmas and New Year, and see you all in 2022.

If you have made it this far, you probably like doors, and you really ought to take a look at the No Facilities blog by Dan Anton who has taken over the hosting of Thursday Doors  from Norm 2.0 blog. Links to more doorscursions can be found in the comments section of Dan Anton’s Thursday Doors post.

by Scooj

Thursday doors – 11 November 2021

Doors 168 – Looe doors, Cornwall – Part 2

Continuing with my second set of doors from a recent fishing trip to Looe in Cornwall.

My first impressions of Looe, formed a few years ago at the height of grockle (tourist)  season, were not entirely good. Very crowded and if I am honest it all felt a bit naff. However, this October, my views were turned upside down, and I felt some affection for the place. The absence of hoards of holidaymakers meant that you could actually appreciate the town, it’s streets and buildings… and doors. So here are some more doors for you to enjoy:

Door with iron grille, Looe, Cornwall, October 2021
Door with iron grille, Looe, Cornwall, October 2021
Mind your head low door, Looe, Cornwall, October 2021
Mind your head low door, Looe, Cornwall, October 2021
Ghost door and lintel, Looe, Cornwall, October 2021
Ghost door and lintel, Looe, Cornwall, October 2021
Vine cottage green door, Looe, Cornwall, October 2021
Vine cottage green door, Looe, Cornwall, October 2021
Old cottage, newish door, Looe, Cornwall, October 2021
Old cottage, newish door, Looe, Cornwall, October 2021

One more week of these Cornish doors and then… I’m not too sure what, probably some archive doors from Bristol.

Today is Remembrance Day, so I dedicate this post to the fallen. I will not forget.

If you have made it this far, you probably like doors, and you really ought to take a look at the No Facilities blog by Dan Anton who has taken over the hosting of Thursday Doors  from Norm 2.0 blog. Links to more doorscursions can be found in the comments section of Dan Anton’s Thursday Doors post.

by Scooj

Thursday doors – 16 April 2020

Doors 102 – Bristol doors past

Lock down due to the Covid-19 pandemic is in place in the UK, and looks set to continue for at least another three weeks. This means that doorscursions are limited to rifling through my archive or photographing doors within walking distance of my home. Today’s offering is a bit of a mix of the two.

I was going to do a theme of multiple-doored buildings, but gave up on that very quickly. Instead this is just a small random selection of Bristol doors.

Multiple workshop doors, Frogmore Street, Bristol, July 2019
Multiple workshop doors, Frogmore Street, Bristol, July 2019
Shop door, Anchor Road, Bristol, November 2019
Shop door, Anchor Road, Bristol, November 2019
Large metal doors, Baldwin Street, Bristol, December 2019
Large metal doors, Baldwin Street, Bristol, December 2019
Multiple doors, Gibson Road, Bristol, March 2020
Multiple doors, Gibson Road, Bristol, March 2020

 

Work is super-busy at the moment, so I’m afraid this post is a little light this week. Hope I have time to do a few next week.

If you have made it this far, you probably like doors and you ought to take a look at the Norm 2.0 blog – the originator of Thursday Doors where there are links to yet more doors in the comments section at the end.

by Scooj

2780. Avonvale Road (1)

Thank you Banksy for your recent visit to Bristol. I thank you because your piece drew me to an area of Bristol that I have not been to before, which is a bit of a crime for a street art hunter because Barton Hill was where a great many Bristol graffiti artists cut their teeth. Only a matter of a hundred meters or so north of the Banksy Valentine piece is a long wall on the boundary wall of Netham Park where I found this old piece by Andy Council.

Andy Council, Avonvale Road, Bristol, February 2020
Andy Council, Avonvale Road, Bristol, February 2020

The stegasaurus-type dinosaur composed of buildings and trees is typical of the incredible work that Andy Council has become famous for. I can’t believe that I didn’t know about this piece, but that is what makes doing what I do so much fun – surprises lurk around every corner. A very satisfying find on a red-letter day.

Thursday doors – 13 February 2020

Doors 96 – A selection of doors from the Orchard Street/Lane area of Bristol

Just a quick one this week. A few doors that I photographed back in December just round the back of the Bristol Hippodrome. The houses around here survived the Blitz, unlike many others in the centre of town.

Green door with a boot scraper, Bristol, December 2019
Green door with a boot scraper, Bristol, December 2019
Door with a boot scraper, Bristol, December 2019
Door with a boot scraper, Bristol, December 2019
Arched garden door with a boot scraper, Bristol, December 2019
Arched garden door with a boot scraper, Bristol, December 2019
Fine door with a gorgeous awning, Bristol, December 2019
Fine door with a gorgeous awning, Bristol, December 2019
Door, Bristol, December 2019
Door, Bristol, December 2019
Unusual panelled door, Bristol, December 2019
Unusual panelled door, Bristol, December 2019

So, a set of period doors all of which I rather like in one of the older bits of the centre of Bristol.

If you have made it this far, you probably like doors and you ought to take a look at the Norm 2.0 blog – the originator of Thursday Doors where there are links to yet more doors in the comments section at the end.

Have a lovely week.

by Scooj

Thursday doors – 9 January 2020

Doors 93 – The Bristol Hippodrome

The Bristol Hippodrome is part of the cultural ‘beating heart’ of the city and has been so since December 1912 when it was first opened. The history of the theatre is well worth reading about, but because this is a post about doors (and I am notoriously lazy) I would direct you to this magnificent specialist theatre history site – Arthur Lloyd.co.uk.

I have seen many great performances here including several operas by the Welsh National Opera, plays and of course pantomimes when the children were younger.

Another link I have with the old place is my mother performed here with the Sadler’s Wells National Opera in the 1950s as a principal dancer with the company. She has fond memories of the theatre and the city.

On to the doors. The feature photograph, also repeated below for those who look at these posts on smart phones, shows the main entrance to the Hippodrome. What you don’t see here is that every night after the theatre closes, several homeless people sleep in front of the doors where it is safe and dry – theatre staff tend to gently move them on in the morning as I walk past on my way to work. This is the 5th wealthiest nation in the world, something is very wrong!

Front entrance to the Bristol Hippodrome, Doors, December 2019
Front entrance to the Bristol Hippodrome, Doors, December 2019
Side doors (in need of a little TLC), Bristol Hippodrome, December 2019
Side doors (in need of a little TLC), Bristol Hippodrome, December 2019
Access entrance doors, Bristol Hippodrome, Decmber 2019
Access entrance doors, Bristol Hippodrome, Decmber 2019
Fire exit doors, Bristol Hippodrome, December 2019
Fire exit doors, Bristol Hippodrome, December 2019
Fire exit doors and quick exit after a performance, Bristol Hippodrome, December 2019
Fire exit doors and quick exit after a performance, Bristol Hippodrome, December 2019
The all important Stage Door for cast, musicians, tecnicians and groupies, Bristol Hippodrome, December 2019
The all important Stage Door for cast, musicians, tecnicians and groupies, Bristol Hippodrome, December 2019
Ever wondered how they get the scenery in? Barn Doors, Bristol Hippodrome, December 2019
Ever wondered how they get the scenery in? Barn Doors, Bristol Hippodrome, December 2019

 

So there it is, my first door post of the new decade. May I wish you all a very happy 2020.

If you like doors, you ought to take a look at the Norm 2.0 blog – the originator of Thursday Doors where there are links to yet more doors in the comments section at the end.

 

by Scooj

2651. Sevier Street

This wonderful piece by Andy Council on Sevier Street on the entrance to a ‘green’ food market has been around for quite some time, but I just never got round to photographing it until this ‘car shot’ in July this year

Andy Council, Sevier Street, Bristol, July 2019
Andy Council, Sevier Street, Bristol, July 2019

Andy Council is Bristol personified and his works record the magnificent landmarks of the city and presents them woven into the form of an animal, in this case some kind of beetle. When one thinks of Bristol murals, Andy Council is always front of mind.

Thursday doors – 28 November 2019

Doors 89 – Fowey, Cornwall (part 5)

Looking back to September when the weather was just lovely and I managed to capture a few more doors from the beautiful cornish village (town) of Fowey. Fewer words this week – enjoy the doors.

Black door, Anchor House, Fowey, Cornwall, September 2019
Black door, Anchor House, Fowey, Cornwall, September 2019
Large folding door, Fowey, Cornwall, September 2019
Large folding door, Fowey, Cornwall, September 2019
See the blue door on Ferryside, Fowey, Cornwall, September 2019
See the blue door on Ferryside, Fowey, Cornwall, September 2019
Anchor knocker door, Fowey, Cornwall, September 2019
Anchor knocker door, Fowey, Cornwall, September 2019
Unusual recessed front doors, A nice pair of blue doors, Fowey, Cornwall, September 2019
Unusual recessed front doors, A nice pair of blue doors, Fowey, Cornwall, September 2019
A nice pair of blue doors, Fowey, Cornwall, September 2019
A nice pair of blue doors, Fowey, Cornwall, September 2019

All a bit rushed this time.

Meanwhile, please go take a look at the Norm 2.0 blog – the originator of Thursday Doors where there are links to yet more doors in the comments section at the end.

 

by Scooj

Thursday doors – 1 August

Doors 79 – Flaine, France doors (3)

Alright… I have had a couple of weeks off from Thursday doors, mainly because I have been pretty busy at work and just ran out of time. I am still pretty busy but have carved out a few moments to give you my third and final set of doors from a skiing trip to Flaine in France back in March of this year.

The ski resort was built in the brutalist style, so if you are expecting ‘chocolate box’ doors then probably best to skip the rest of this post. These doors are ugly, but even ugly doors have some fascination, in the case of most of these it is their functionality.

Enjoy if you can:

Doors on a gondola at the top of Les Grandes Platieres lift, Flaine March 2019
Doors on a gondola at the top of Les Grandes Platieres lift, Flaine March 2019
Lift hut, Flaine March 2019
Lift hut, Flaine March 2019
Door within a door, Grand Platieres, Flaine, March 2019
Door within a door, Grand Platieres, Flaine, March 2019
Dodgy two-person step on lift - self closing doors, Flaine, March 2019
Dodgy two-person step on lift – self closing doors, Flaine, March 2019
Church in the centre of 'brutalist' Flaine, March 2019
Church in the centre of ‘brutalist’ Flaine, March 2019
Doors of the church in the centre of 'brutalist' Flaine, March 2019
Doors of the church in the centre of ‘brutalist’ Flaine, March 2019
Flaine 0153 9-16 Mar 2019
Flaine 0153 9-16 Mar 2019
Post box, Flaine March 2019
Post box, Flaine March 2019

That’s it… collective relief all round. Some rather nicer doors next week, maybe.

Please go take a look at the Norm 2.0 blog – the originator of Thursday Doors where there are links to yet more doors in the comments section at the end.

Have a great end of week and weekend.

Scooj