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 theย Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue – apparently the Hebrew name translates as ‘Shelter of Peace’, which seems very appropriate for such a beautiful building ๐Ÿ™‚

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Thursday Doors: Ede & Ravenscroft


The beautifully understated open door of Ede & Ravenscroft Ltd in London’s Chancery Lane.

Ede & Ravenscroft is London’s Oldest tailor and robe maker (in business since 1689), and is your go-to store for all your traditional formalwear like academic dress (gown, hood and hat), legal wigs and gowns, and pretty much all forms of ceremonial dress (Royal robes, Peers robes, Parliamentary robes, chivalric regalia, livery robes etc.)

Ede & Ravenscroft currently holds three Royal Warrants, as appointed robe makers and tailors to the Queen, Prince Philip, and Prince Charles (one of only a small number ofย  companies with such an honour) and historically over the last 300-plus years Ede & Ravenscroft has provided robes for twelve Royal Coronations.

As Norm is having a well-deserved break at the moment, today’s Thursday Doors extravaganza is brought to us all by Dan at No Facilities ๐Ÿ™‚


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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚


Thursday Doors: Dark Green But Not Unseen


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 ๐Ÿ™‚


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 ๐Ÿ™‚

For a variety of other door posts for this week please see Norm’s Thursday Doors


Thursday Doors: Funerary 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 patchworkย  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! ๐Ÿ™‚


See more images of doors on Norm’s Thursday Doors