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 🙂
The first stone of the building was laid in July 1832, and the church was consecrated in October 1833.
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 🙂
Urban doors in monochrome – the open doorway to an everyday laundrette, the door to an unused and unloved empty corner premises, and a filmy-dust-coated glass door to an old unused public house being revamped and made new again 🙂
All images taken yesterday afternoon in Leytontone, East London
Not a terrbily excting black door on the Southbound platform of Dunkeld & Birnam railway station, sleepily snapped through the grubby window of the Caledonian Sleeper at around midnight while journeying overnight between Inverness and London – but what actually caught my eye was the tattered old sign on the door…
And for any Shakespeare buffs out there, the Birnam in question is the Birnam of Macbeth fame – ‘Macbeth shall never vanquished be, until Great Birnam wood to High Dunsinane hill shall come against him.’