Perhaps a little bit off-the-wall with my choice of subject-matter today but I really loved the way the afternoon sun was highlighting the grain of our pine wood kitchen door – especially as it fell as one thick diagonal stripe of light against dark 🙂
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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 🙂
Hmmm… I’m not at all sure where these simple dark green wooden panelled doors lead – perhaps to simple garden storage sheds, or perhaps allowing private access to the long and narrow fenced-off garden area from the brick-built apartment block behind? All I know is there were several similar green doors, set at fixed intervals into brick surrounds, and however discreet and unassuming they may be, they still caught my eye through the tall railings surrounding the whole garden strip 🙂
And this very plain dark green wooden plank door leads to a very welcome public convenience discreetly half-hidden behind ample foliage in a local park 🙂
For a variety of other door posts for this week please see Norm’s Thursday Doors
These delicately designed doors to the catacombs and columbarium in the City of London Cemetery and Crematorium in East London are made of metal – a narrow-guage mesh layered diagonally behind a stamped-out patchwork pattern. I had to look up what a columbarium was – apparently whereas catacombs store coffins on cool, dark, underground shelf spaces, a columbarium stores funerary urns containing cremated remains, also underground.
There are two crematoria on site, a more traditional building (main door shown above) and a modern 1970s low-profile concrete design (not pictured).
As well as the two crematoria and catacombs, there is a purpose-built Anglican church and also a non-conformist (Dissenters) chapel on site for accommodating funeral services – these are the beautiful chapel doors (above).
The City of London Cemetery and Crematorium is the largest municipal burial ground in the UK, covering 200 acres and with seven miles of road throughout. It has been in use since the mid-19th Century, when London’s city churchyards were full beyond capacity and creating a health hazard – in fact, many old remains were re-intered here as the old parish graveyards were unconsecrated and repurposed, with large communal gravestones commemorating the occasion.
Additionally there are also beautiful and well-kept Memorial Gardens within the cemetery grounds, including formal rose gardens… not a picture of a door to end with, I know, but it certainly brightens up my otherwise rather sombre post! 🙂
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The grey back doors of this thoroughly functional building on Wanstead Flats caught my eye – I found the composition of shapes and colours rather pleasing. And it reminded me of this equally functional grey door with circular port-hole on this canal boat moored at Bow, both East London 🙂
Norm’s Thursday Doors
A selesction of old doors from House Mill, Bromley-by-Bow, East London, built in 1776 🙂
Norm’s Thursday Doors
The beautiful Art Deco doors of London’s Apollo Victoria theatre, originally a cinema and officially opened in 1930 🙂
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How’s this for a fun shed door? The eagle-eyed amongst you may recognise this shed in the background of yesterday’s P is for Pub Beer Garden post 🙂
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F is for Fire Station…
The old original Victorian brick-built fire station grew far too small to house all the modern fire-fighting equipment needed today, so this new, much larger building is a relatively recent addition.
This year for my Blogging from A-Z Challenge I’ve decided to keep it super-simple, and stick close to home with a straightforward agenda. I tend to post lots of local London images anyway, so my aim is to post at least one new (as in taken recently, and not posted before) photograph each day, taking us on a whistle-stop A-Z tour of Local Leytonstone Life; simple snapshot images of ordinary everyday things around me that capture my attention, yet don’t take me out of my daily routine too much…