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

Thursday doors – 19 December 2019

Doors 92 – My top ten doors of the year

Norm has been encouraging people like us (Doorbies? Door fanciers? Doorists? Dooristas? – what are we called?) to use this last Door week of the year to look back and post some of our favourites from 2019 – this is a bit of a win-win for lazy/busy people like me because the hardest bit of this post is deciding what to include/exclude.

Here goes – the numbers don’t necessarily relate to my ranking

    1. Doors used to prevent graffiti or an artistic expression? (posted this year)
Doors on a wall embellished by Ryder sitting over a Mr Klue piece, Bristol, January 2017
Doors on a wall embellished by Ryder sitting over a Mr Klue piece, Bristol, January 2017

2. Door within a door – always works for me

Perfect door within a door, Lanhydrock House, Cornwall, August 2019
Perfect door within a door, Lanhydrock House, Cornwall, August 2019

3. A beautiful door pair

Great doors, great shutters, great colours, Fournier Street, London, April 2019
Great doors, great shutters, great colours, Fournier Street, London, April 2019

4. Train wagon door

Thursday Doors, Bristol Harbour Railway, January 2019
Thursday Doors, Bristol Harbour Railway, January 2019

5. A quirky old door

Old red door, Wareham, Dorset, October 2019
Old red door, Wareham, Dorset, October 2019

6. A door no more

One of those doors that was a door but is no longer a door, Kingsdown, Bristol, March 2019
One of those doors that was a door but is no longer a door, Kingsdown, Bristol, March 2019

7. Blending in

Door, North Street, Bristol, Artist: Paul Monsters, February 2019
Door, North Street, Bristol, Artist: Paul Monsters, February 2019

8. They don’t make them like this any more door

Alms house door, Bristol, March 2019
Alms house door, Bristol, March 2019

9. A favourite with visitors to Natural Adventures

Main front door to the house dating back to the 17th century, Lanhydrock House, Cornwall, August 2019
Main front door to the house dating back to the 17th century, Lanhydrock House, Cornwall, August 2019

10. Door in need of a little TLC

Somewhere there is a door, the Harbourside, Bristol, November 2019
Somewhere there is a door, the Harbourside, Bristol, November 2019

Of course there are so many other doors I would have liked to have included and this was not an easy job. Hope you liked this selection though and I look forward to a doortastic 2020.

I’ll follow Norm’s example and take a couple of weeks off, so have a fabulous Christmas all and see you next year.

You might like 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

 

 

Thursday doors – 12 December 2019

Doors 91 – Llangorse Lake, Wales

Last weekend we made a trip across the Severn Estuary to see some friends who recently moved to Wales. This was our first visit, and I am sure not our last. After lunch we went for a walk along the southern bank of Llangorse Lake and, of course, I managed to turn the whole thing into a bit of a doorscursion. I hope you enjoy these doors as much as I did.

Side door, St Gastyn's Church, Llangorse Lake, Wales, December 2019
Side door, St Gastyn’s Church, Llangorse Lake, Wales, December 2019
Outer door, St Gastyn's Church, Llangorse Lake, Wales, December 2019
Outer door, St Gastyn’s Church, Llangorse Lake, Wales, December 2019
Ornate door surround, St Gastyn's Church, Llangorse Lake, Wales, December 2019
Ornate door surround, St Gastyn’s Church, Llangorse Lake, Wales, December 2019
Abandoned farmhouse doors, Llangorse Lake, Wales, December 2019
Abandoned farmhouse doors, Llangorse Lake, Wales, December 2019
Abandoned farm barn door, Llangorse Lake, Wales, December 2019
Abandoned farm barn door, Llangorse Lake, Wales, December 2019
Abandoned farm house out building door, Llangorse Lake, Wales, December 2019
Abandoned farm house out building door, Llangorse Lake, Wales, December 2019
Entrance door, Prince of Wales bird hide, Llangorse Lake, Wales, December 2019
Entrance door, Prince of Wales bird hide, Llangorse Lake, Wales, December 2019
Reedbeds, Prince of Wales bird hide, Llangorse Lake, Wales, December 2019
Reedbeds, Prince of Wales bird hide, Llangorse Lake, Wales, December 2019

 

Next week I will probably do a round up of my favourite doors of 2019, but until then, I wish you all a fabulous week.

In the meantime, you might like 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

Thursday doors – 5 December 2019

Doors 90 – Bristol doors on a Harbourside walk

Another quick one this week. A selection of doors photographed during a lunchtime walk a week or two ago. The Harbourside area is made up of a mixture of old warehouses, boat yards, Victorian residences and rather expensive new builds. It is a fascinating area and just to make it extra good, you are only ever a stone’s throw away from the water.

Here we go…

Two red doors, the Harbourside, Bristol, November 2019
Two red doors, the Harbourside, Bristol, November 2019
Red door, the Harbourside, Bristol, November 2019
Red door, the Harbourside, Bristol, November 2019
A rather grand entrance, the Harbourside, Bristol, November 2019
A rather grand entrance, the Harbourside, Bristol, November 2019
Boat Yard door, the Harbourside, Bristol, November 2019
Boat Yard door, the Harbourside, Bristol, November 2019
Ugly, sad door, the Harbourside, Bristol, November 2019
Ugly, sad door, the Harbourside, Bristol, November 2019
Somewhere there is a door, the Harbourside, Bristol, November 2019
Somewhere there is a door, the Harbourside, Bristol, November 2019

More doors from Bristol next week – maybe…

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 – 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 – 7 November 2019

Doors 88 – Cheltenham doors (Part 1)

At the end of September I went to visit Cheltenham, not too far from Bristol, for the Cheltenham Paint Festival, something I have wanted to do for a year or two now.

Never one to waste a bit of a doorscursion, I managed to snap a few doors while wandering around the town looking for street art spots. I actually went twice and over the two days walked more than 30 kilometers, mainly because I am not at all familiar with the town and also because unlike at Upfest (Bristol’s street art festival) the art is really spread out in all corners of Cheltenham. This meant I got to see quite a wir=de selection of doors.

This first post is just a random selection and I’m not sure I could remember where any of these actually were, but you can forgive me I hope, my mind was on other things:

When is a door not a door...? Cheltenham, September 2019
When is a door not a door…? Cheltenham, September 2019
Manicured lawn and green door, Cheltenham, September 2019
Manicured lawn and green door, Cheltenham, September 2019
That is some red door, Cheltenham, September 2019
That is some red door, Cheltenham, September 2019
Looks like chores day for the occupants behind this black split door, Cheltenham, September 2019
Looks like chores day for the occupants behind this black split door, Cheltenham, September 2019
An all too common sight in towns and cities in the UK, abandoned/neglected, Cheltenham, September 2019
An all too common sight in towns and cities in the UK, abandoned/neglected, Cheltenham, September 2019
Pity about the scaffolding! Cheltenham, September 2019
Pity about the scaffolding! Cheltenham, September 2019

Well that’s another canter through a few Cheltenham doors – I hope to line some more up soon.

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 – 31 October 2019

Door 87 – Wareham, Dorset

When I first started doing Thursday Doors, I used to post only one door at a time but slowly over time I got sucked into adding more and more doors each week, so just to give me a bit of breathing space it is a one door treat (trick or treat) this week.

I recently had a meeting in Wareham, Dorset and as always on these trips I had my camera at the ready just in case a door opportunity offered itself. Well I got lucky with this one. A most unusual door with both charming and less charming features. Definitely a curiosity.

Old red door, Wareham, Dorset, October 2019
Old red door, Wareham, Dorset, October 2019

I did a little Google search using the words ‘Wareham High Street Door’ and found a little bit of information about the building the door belongs to. It is a rented accomodation and here are the rental details:

£795 pcm (£183 pw)

North Street, Wareham BH20

Maisonette to rent – 2 bedrooms

Available immediately

Grade II listed maisonette with many period features including original shutters and large sash windows, ideally located in the popular market town of Wareham and with the benefit of a new modern shower room and newly renovated kitchen.

I see a red door and I want it painted black.

That’s all this week. Short and sweet.

Happy Halloween!

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