Category Archives: Architecture

Thursday Doors

30-03-17

It really should be Thursday Gates for my contribution to Norm’s excellent Norm 2.0 blog. The weather has been really temperamental in my part of the UK but I managed to gather a few gates on my travels over the last few weeks.

Some Attention Needed
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This one belongs to a pub, a good real ale house.

Faded
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I liked the colour and the bars above this gate.

Well Protected
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Scissors
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Victorian Filigree
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24 Hour Access
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I actually took this image 2 years ago, but have been looking for a reason to post it.

Ecclesiastical Gates
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From my visit to Stamford Lincolnshire last week.

Thursday Doors

23-03-17

Here’s my contribution to “Thursday Doors” on the  Norm 2.0 blog, some great contributions over there, worth checking out.

It’s been over 20 years since I visited Stamford in Lincolnshire so on Tuesday I jumped on a train, and 3 stops and 40 minutes later I arrived at Stamford. It was a lovely sunny day but cold.

Candlesticks
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The first door that caught my eye was this curved restaurant door. The menu looked really good, including a bottle of wine for £650.oo ! The food prices were far more reasonable.

The Blossoms Were Out
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Georgian
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Most of the buildings in Stamford are constructed using this lovely honey coloured stone.

The Pub Door
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Broad & Slim
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Pink or Cerise ?
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A Bit Of Symmetry
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Red & Stone
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I thought this door had quite an unusual design.

Moon Door
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Green & Stone
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Wall Clock
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St John The Baptist Church Door
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Really enjoyed the visit to Stamford, the people were very friendly and I had some of the best Fish & Chips I’ve had in a long time. Definitely be going back.

Thursday Doors

16-03-17

I haven’t been out and about much this week, taking the opportunity to do a bit of tidying up in the garden when the weather has been good. Did manage to get into town on Monday though and captured a few doors for the excellent Norm 2.0 blog.

Cherub
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Another former Hosiery factory, the stone and brickwork set the door off.

Former Police Station #1
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Former Police Station #2
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The police station was built in 1933 of Portland stone and is Grade 11 listed.

I couldn’t finish without a Blue Door.

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Took this one in 1993 on my first visit to Riga, Latvia. I liked the old cannons embedded into the pavement and the two imposing faces. (The door has now been restored and to me at least doesn’t look anywhere near as good)

Thursday Doors

09-03-17

Here’s my contribution to the excellent Thursday Doors blog over at Norm 2.0 blog.

My theme for this week is Grotty Industrial

Blake Street
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The sign on the lamp post says this is a conservation area, I hope so. There’s a great pub at the end of this street, I used to drink there in the late 1970’s when It was rather eccentric for want of a better word, but that’s another story.

I Love You
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Around The Back
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Corah Building
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This was the largest hosiery factory in Leicester at one time. There’s a short history of Corah on Wikipedia. It’s sad to see the factory in this condition.

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End of The Line
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And just a couple of streets away these two Victorian gems
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Thursday Doors

02-03-17

Been thinking about future projects for the excellent “Thursday Doors” Blog at Norm 2.0 

One idea is finding houses with their original doors.
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These two are not far away from where I live, there are some lovely houses in the area, Victorian and Edwardian, lots of roads to explore.

Another Theme Garages
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The grottier the better. 

Neglected Industrial Doors
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Plenty of these around the city. It was the brickwork that drew me to this one.

Electricity Substations 
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I have this thing for electricity substations, not sure why. Found this lovely one not far away at the beginning of this week.

I think there should be enough there to keep me busy for a while.

A couple from this week :-

Leicester London Road Tram Depot (History)
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Hopefully they will get funds to restore the building and put on some events.

Thursday Doors

23-02-17

A few doors for the excellent “Thursday Doors” blog over at Norm 2.0

The weather has been it’s usual (not good) in my part of the UK. Today has been really stormy and I’m now missing a few fencing panels :>(

So this will be an eclectic mix from the archives.

Purple #1
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Almost a selfie

Purple #2
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Blue #1
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Detail
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Blue #2
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Tucked away and forgotten

Aztec ?
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One from last week, It reminded me of Aztec architecture, but that could just be me !

Thursday Doors

16-02-17

Here’s my contribution to “Thursday Doors” over at the excellent  Norm 2.0  blog.

I was trying out a film camera I had just bought from that auction site and went visiting the street I grew up on.

The Old House
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The windows are different, so is the door, and the white rendering is new,  but the front wall is original. It was a happy time for me growing up on that street.

Just Around The Corner
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I couldn’t resist this one. great textures and muted colours. Used to be part of the doctors house, always pristine in green gloss surrounded by red brick.

Back to the Olympus digital for the rest. Weather really hasn’t been that good over the last few weeks (roll on springtime) So this selection is a bit limited.

Former Guild Hall For The Disabled
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Another building I didn’t know about. According to the information board the hall was opened in 1909 as a social centre for people with physical disabilities. It’s now a Sikh temple and I was invited to drop in anytime for food and a chat.

Premier
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On the corner of the road where the Guild Hall is situated.

Mercury
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One of the reliefs either side of the front entrance.

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According to a bit of information I found this used to be a shoe and leather warehouse built in 1875. The reliefs are of  Minerva and Mercury, “classical protectors of business and craftsmanship” something else I’ve learn’t. Fortunately the building is Grade II listed.