Thursday doors – 22 August

Doors 81 – Lanhydrock House (1)

Last weekend I was lucky enough to visit a National Trust property in Cornwall, south of Bodmin Moor, called Lanhydrock House. Built out of hard wearing granite, the older parts of the house date back to the 1620s, but after a fire in 1881 that started in the kitchens, two of the three wings were in part destroyed and they were rebuilt and funished in the Victorial style. The remaining wing that survived the fire retains its original walls and ceilings.

The house has been owned and managed by the National Trust since 1953, before it was owned by the Robartes family which declined significantly during the first world war. The heir, Thomas Agar-Robartes MP was killed during the battle of Loos in France while trying to rescue a soldier from no-man’s land.

There were an awful lot of doors to admire in this house, so this week I will tease you by only posting the outside doors, the rest will follow in another post.

The visit begins with a stroll through the original gatehouse dating back to the mid 17th century. Did you ever see such a grand entrance?

Lanhydrock House barbican gate added in the 1640s, Cornwall, August 2019
Lanhydrock House barbican gate added in the 1640s, Cornwall, August 2019

Then off to the left are some of the outbuildings such as the coach house. The National Trust use some of these buildings for a cafe and gift shop.

Front of door to courtyard, Lanhydrock House, Cornwall, August 2019
Front of door to courtyard, Lanhydrock House, Cornwall, August 2019
Same door from the other side, Lanhydrock House, Cornwall, August 2019
Same door from the other side, Lanhydrock House, Cornwall, August 2019

The coach house, with stunning deep red doors, is notable for the clock and little doors below it.

Coach house doors, Lanhydrock House, Cornwall, August 2019
Coach house doors, Lanhydrock House, Cornwall, August 2019

It would be wrong of me not to include this most attractive door within a door.

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

Then to the main house itself, which had more gorgeous doors on its outside walls than I have hairs on my head (I exaggerate slightly).

One of many entrances to the house, Lanhydrock House, Cornwall, August 2019
One of many entrances to the house, Lanhydrock House, Cornwall, August 2019
Small door to the house, Lanhydrock House, Cornwall, August 2019
Small door to the house, Lanhydrock House, Cornwall, August 2019
Larger door to the house, Lanhydrock House, Cornwall, August 2019
Larger door to the house, Lanhydrock House, Cornwall, August 2019

The front door is probably the crowning glory of these ‘garden doors’ and dates back to the 1620s. The family crest is on the top right, and the NT lady at the door told us that the crest at the top of the door has no relation to the house or family whatsoever and nobody quite knows what it is doing there.

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

So there we are. More Lanhydrock doors next time.

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

 

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Thursday doors – 15 August

Doors 80 – Some Bristol graffiti doors

Another quick one from me this week. These doors were snapped during a street art hunting walk about a month ago in the St Paul’s area of Bristol:

Blending in with the background, Door, St Paul's, Bristol, July 2019
Blending in with the background, Door, St Paul’s, Bristol, July 2019
Nude door, St Paul's, Bristol, July 2019
Nude door, St Paul’s, Bristol, July 2019
Site Safety door, St Paul's, Bristol, July 2019
Site Safety door, St Paul’s, Bristol, July 2019
DBK door, St Paul's, Bristol, July 2019
DBK door, St Paul’s, Bristol, July 2019

I said this was a quick one, and so it is.

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

 

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

Thursday doors – 11 July

Doors 78 – Dorchester doors (2)

A real rush to get these doors out – 10 minutes between finishing work and going off to play 5-a-side football… so not much of a story here, simply some more doors from a trip to Dorset some three weeks ago.

Door, Dorchester, June 2019
Door, Dorchester, June 2019
Door, Dorchester, June 2019
Door, Dorchester, June 2019
Door, Dorchester, June 2019
Door, Dorchester, June 2019
Door, Dorchester, June 2019
Door, Dorchester, June 2019

Sorry for rushing it, but nothing gets between me and my weekly football. 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

Thursday doors – 20 June 2019

Doors 75 – A walk along the River Avon cycle path.

Last Sunday was Father’s Day, and I took the opportunity to be a little self-indulgent and go off on a street art hunt to parts of Bristol city I haven’t been to before. I think that wandering around aimlessly, whether in an urban or rural setting is one of my favourite things. No plan, no map, no directions, just looking around and exploring keeping my eyes open and spotting things that might interest me.

This type of exploring is best done alone, because it involves a lot of side tracks and doubling back which could prove tiresome for any companions.

I decided to drop down onto a cycle path which runs alongside the River Avon (literally river river… Avon is derived from a word abon which means river or Afon in Welsh). The cycle path is sandwiched between the river and the backs of buildings on an industrial estate. On the opposite bank is the Paintworks, which is a reconstructed industrial estate full of rather fancy industrial/business units. The cycle path side is definitely the less salubrious of the banks.

I found a fair amount of graffiti, most of it just tagging, and an awful lot of industrial unit fire escape doors, none of which looked like they had been used in years. I share those doors with you now. I don’t expect a lot of love for these doors, but they are doors, I saw them and feel it is only fair to post them.

Rather bright yellow door, River Avon cycle path, Bristol, June 2019
Rather bright yellow door, River Avon cycle path, Bristol, June 2019
Warehouse rear door, River Avon cycle path, Bristol, June 2019
Warehouse rear door, River Avon cycle path, Bristol, June 2019
Charmingly decorated fire exit door to a warehouse, River Avon cycle path, Bristol, June 2019
Charmingly decorated fire exit door to a warehouse, River Avon cycle path, Bristol, June 2019
Door painted by Sirens, River Avon cycle path, Bristol, June 2019
Door painted by Sirens, River Avon cycle path, Bristol, June 2019
Overgrown fire exit door, River Avon cycle path, Bristol, June 2019
Overgrown fire exit door, River Avon cycle path, Bristol, June 2019

there was a bit of a contrast with the opposite bank, which had rather a wide margin of brackish plants spreading down onto the mud (the tide was out), and hosted a fair amount of wildlife including these Canada geese.

On the other side of the River Canada Geese graze in the thick estuarine mud,, River Avon cycle path, Bristol, June 2019
On the other side of the River Canada Geese graze in the thick estuarine mud, River Avon cycle path, Bristol, June 2019

 

So that is another week of doors gone by, maybe soon I’ll find some rather more attractive doors to post, but don’t bank on it.

If you’d like to see more doors take a good 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 – 13 June 2019

Doors 74 – Neglected Bristol doors

A few more doors that have seen better days, or if you’d like to look at them through a different lens, might have been given a second and rather more interesting life.

Abandoned door, Bristol, June 2019
Abandoned door, Bristol, June 2019
Is this the same abandoned door? and can you see the door behind all the posters? Stokes Croft, Bristol, June 2019
Is this the same abandoned door? and can you see the door behind all the posters? Stokes Croft, Bristol, June 2019
Jody door, North Street, Bristol, June 2019
Jody door, North Street, Bristol, June 2019
Archway and door in Leonard Lane, Bristol, March 2019
Archway and door in Leonard Lane, Bristol, March 2019
Character-building? tagged doors in Moon Street, Bristol, June 2019
Character-building? tagged doors in Moon Street, Bristol, June 2019

So there we are for another week.

If you’d like to see more doors take a good look at the Norm 2.0 blog – the orchestrator of Thursday Doors where there are links to yet more doors in the comments section at the end.

 

by Scooj

Thursday Doors – 16 May 2019

Doors 71 – Some Bristol doors from Hotwells – 16 May 2019

These are a series of door pictures that I took back in March on a slightly chilly, dull day as I recall. Hotwells is an area that lies on the hillside sandwiched between the floating harbour and River Avon to the south and Clifton to the North. In years gone by it was a very fashionable area reknowned for its hot springs. At the height of its popularity there was even a funicular railway that transported the well-heeled Bristolians from Clifton Village down to Hotwells and back (it is one hell of a hill).

The Clifton railway is a whole other story and maybe I should keep my powder dry to do a Thursday Doors just on that… watch this space.

So, no more guff from me… here are the doors.

313 or 16? Door, Hotwells, Bristol, March 2019
313 or 16? Door, Hotwells, Bristol, March 2019
313 or 16? Door, Hotwells, Bristol, March 2019
313 or 16? Door, Hotwells, Bristol, March 2019
A rather tired green door, Hotwells, Bristol, March 2019
A rather tired green door, Hotwells, Bristol, March 2019
Red and white door (the colours of Bristol City football club), Hotwells, Bristol, March 2019
Red and white door (the colours of Bristol City football club), Hotwells, Bristol, March 2019
This fancy window/door establishment has seen better days, Hotwells, Bristol, March 2019
This fancy window/door establishment has seen better days, Hotwells, Bristol, March 2019
It's all in the detail on this door, Hotwells, Bristol, March 2019
It’s all in the detail on this door, Hotwells, Bristol, March 2019
A bit of a lean?, Hotwells, Bristol, March 2019
A bit of a lean?, Hotwells, Bristol, March 2019

So there we have it for another week. For more door (not Mordor) mayhem take a jolly good look at the Norm 2.0 blog – the brains behind Thursday Doors where there are links to yet more doors in the comments section at the end.

 

by Scooj