Shabby but not Chic

I’m sure this poor old door has featured on Thursday Doors at least once at some point in the past, and here it is again, looking more and more shabby as time passes and less and less chic. But I still like it, it looks like it has lots of interesting stories to tell of a far busier and exciting time long before it became relegated to being an unloved and unused back garden door set into an equally unloved rendered back wall… πŸ™‚

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Thursday Doors: Dull Doors

I saw these grey painted doors set into a grey brick wall built onto grey concrete and thought yup, these dull doors are for me today! And then I thought – hmmmm… a letter box and flap is kind of a door-within-a-door just for letters, isn’t it? πŸ™‚

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A Door to Nowhere

Not really a door to nowhere of course, but instead an urban road tunnel maintenance access door presumably leading straight down into the automotive abyss zooming along below. What caught my eye most was the depth of the shadows caused by the afternoon sunshine, the faded peeling paint and the non-descript half-hearted attempt at grafitti decorating the total ensemble… πŸ™‚

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Thursday Doors – St John’s Church

The lovely old iron-studded wooden door of St John’s Church, Leytonstone, East London, where I live. (I mean I live in Leytonstone, not the church!) The cold bright winter sun really brought out the detail this morning as I walked past, so I thought I’d share it with you for this week’s Thursday Doors πŸ™‚

The first stone of the building was laid in July 1832, and the church was consecrated in October 1833.

Thursday Doors: St Margaret with St Columba

Having a little wander around the residential back streets of Leytonstone I found a huge old church I didn’t even know was there. It seemed quite delapidated to begin with, so I took a few shots of the clearly long-unused side doors towards the back of the building – the rusting ironwork hinge detail was lovely.

As I walked towards the front I found what I assumed to be rather more promising entrance doors but no, they too were gated and padlocked, and had clearly been kept closed for some time.

But finally on the other side of the building I found signs of modern-day activity and the main doors to gain access to the body of the church – still old and very well used, but clean and tidy. And look how worn down the sandstone step is after generations of feet crossing the threshold!

I looked it up after I got home, and St Margaret with St Columba is a late Victorian neo-Gothic Parish Church built in 1892 – around the same time as much of Leytonstone expanded into suburbia πŸ™‚

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