Thursday Doors: Triangle Trees


OK, so the triangle trees aren’t actually painted onto the doors, but they nevertheless help cheer up an otherwise plain wall – and by association the plain doors too – on a very dull wintery day in East London πŸ™‚

Thursday Doors: Triangle Trees



Thursday Doors: Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue


I found what I thought was a cute little red-brick church with a cute little wooden door in Wanstead, but realised it had a Star of David above the entrance rather than the usual cross I was expecting – how intriguing! So after delving into the history I discovered that the beautifully renovated Grade II Listed building (built in 1861, listed in 1968) was originally the chapel attached to the Merchant Seaman’s Orphan’s Asylum before it become Wanstead Hospital (now private residences, you can see one small corner behind the tree on the right), but was consecrated as a synagogue in the late 1990s. It is now known as theΒ Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue – apparently the Hebrew name translates as ‘Shelter of Peace’, which seems very appropriate for such a beautiful building πŸ™‚

For more Thursday Doors this week see Norm’s blog and click on the blue frog!


Thursday Doors: Champion Pub

Ages ago I posted a pic taken from outside the Champion Pub in Wells Street, just off London’s Oxford Street. Sitting on its corner plot, it has some lovely stained glass windows on two sides depicting famous British champions, and I promised to go back sometime to take some pics from inside…

Here’s my original door pic taken from the outside…


And now here’s the same door (open this time) as seen from inside the pub, and also the windows all the way round from right to left…



I realise this has turned into more of a Thursday doors-and-windows post, but I’m sure in the circumstances I’ll be forgiven πŸ™‚

Thursday Doors: Westminster Cathedral



I took these external pics of Westminster Cathedral in London’s Victoria on my way to and from this year’s Annual Blogger’s Bash in June, and meant to post them earlier but seem to have missed the boat somewhat with my timings. Still, better late than never! To be honest I didn’t even know this cathedral existed until it turned up as a landmark on Geoff’s directions to the Bash venue nearby, and from what I could see in passing the heavy rectangular wooden doors are probably the plainest part of the building.

I looked it up once I got home and discovered that the foundation stone was laid in 1895 and the fabric of the building was completed eight years later, and although according to the website the interior is incomplete the cathedral still contains some fine marble work and mosaics. Apparently there’s also a public viewing gallery from the top of the 210ft (64m) tower, so I think overall Westminster Cathedral is certainly somewhere I’ll be visiting properly sometime in the future…

For more door-oriented posts please see Norm’s Thursday Doors post for this week and click on the blue frog πŸ™‚