Thursday doors – 9 September 2021

Doors 160 – Polruan, Cornwall

Many of you might not have heard of Polruan but might well have heard of its well-heeled partner, Fowey. These two small towns sit on either side of the Fowey Estuary on the south coast of Cornwall.  Of the pair, Polruan appears to be more of a working harbour, with some docks and dock buildings at the bottom of a town built on a very steep hill. The more affluent Fowey is a favourite for celebrities and second-homers, and is very picturesque.

On the day I took these pictures, my son and I had been fishing from the Polruan Block House point. The block house was one of a pair, the other being on the other side of the estuary in Fowey. These block houses were built to defend the entrance to the estuary, with small calibre cannon and longbow archers stationed in each fort. Unfortunately, the French breeched the defences in 1457 (that’s a long time ago) so they were upgraded with a boom barrier, a thick chain suspended between the two forts. The chain could be raised with winches off the bottom of the seabed to prevent the entry upriver by unwelcome ships.

This chain was confiscated in 1478 by Edward IV, who had been offended by the behaviour of two Fowey locals, Treffry and Michelstow, and given to Dartmouth Castle where a similar defensive arrangement existed. So that was that.

The ruined fort has two entrances, but no longer any doors. The rest of the doors are from the narrow lanes in the upper part of the town. Enjoy the doors:

Polruan Block House door, Polruan, Cornwall, August 2021
Polruan Block House door, Polruan, Cornwall, August 2021

Polruan Block House ruin and door, Polruan, Cornwall, August 2021
Polruan Block House ruin and door, Polruan, Cornwall, August 2021

Polruan Block House window view, Polruan, Cornwall, August 2021
Polruan Block House window view, Polruan, Cornwall, August 2021

September Cottage door, Polruan, Cornwall, August 2021
September Cottage door, Polruan, Cornwall, August 2021

Porthole door, Polruan, Cornwall, August 2021
Porthole door, Polruan, Cornwall, August 2021

Blue split door, Polruan, Cornwall, August 2021
Blue split door, Polruan, Cornwall, August 2021

Beautiful door and crab door knocker, Polruan, Cornwall, August 2021
Beautiful door and crab door knocker, Polruan, Cornwall, August 2021

Well that’s it for another week. I hope to share some more Cornish doors next week.

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by Scooj

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Doors 47 – Fowey

My sister and family have recently bought a farmhouse in Cornwall not too far south of Bodmin. This is excellent news for me, as there is a ready-made bolt-hole for short breaks with the family and dog. In fact I posted some Fowey doors a short while back on such a visit with my daughter in August. Even better than that is that it can serve as a new base for my annual fishing trips with my fishing partner of thirty years.

At the start of September, he and I went away for a few days and our primary task was to check out the coastline from St Austell to Plymouth. Now I am very familiar with Cornwall and spent pretty much every school holiday in Flushing, opposite Falmouth, staying with my grandparents, but this South East coastline of Cornwall has largely remained off my radar.

On our last day we decided to pop into Fowey for some breakfast before fishing on the other side of the estuary in Polruan. As it happened, we abandoned that idea and instead fished the most beautiful bay imaginable called Lantic Bay, a few miles East of Polruan.

Enough context setting – in short, I found myself back in Fowey, so here are some more doors from this recent fishing trip.

Basement door and thick walls, Fowey, Cornwall, September 2018
Basement door and thick walls, Fowey, Cornwall, September 2018

Basement door and thick walls, Fowey, Cornwall, September 2018
Basement door and thick walls, Fowey, Cornwall, September 2018

Boat builder's yard door, Fowey, Cornwall, September 2018
Boat builder’s yard door, Fowey, Cornwall, September 2018

Cottage door, Fowey, Cornwall, September 2018
Cottage door, Fowey, Cornwall, September 2018

Quay House door, Fowey, Cornwall, September 2018
Quay House door, Fowey, Cornwall, September 2018

Door, Fowey, Cornwall, September 2018
Door, Fowey, Cornwall, September 2018

Dangerous secret door, Fowey, Cornwall, September 2018
Dangerous secret door, Fowey, Cornwall, September 2018

Lantic Bay, a hidden jewel, Cornwall September 2018
Lantic Bay, a hidden jewel, Cornwall September 2018

And that’s it for this week.

by Scooj

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