Thursday Doors: (still) Chabanais

We’re not quite done with the doors of Chabanais just yet.

To begin with, an empty shop premises that unaccountably got overlooked for the specfic post that featured those all too common doors. This must have been the local equivalent of Blockbuster:

Also featuring two doors this week, although with contrasting fortunes:

A couple of examples of doors with their surrounding shutters, the first in rather better nick than the second:

This door too might have once graced a shop, to judge from the window:

And it looks like all this door wants to do is sit in the corner and be left alone:

Thursday Doors 5 December 2019

Thursday Doors: Chabanais – small doors and more

Another instalment of doors from the Charente town of Chabanais. To begin with, a selection of smaller examples, in varying states of preservation:

Next, two doors of broadly similar design but radically different condition

But my clear favourite this week is this repurposed doorway, which now boasts a Limousin sink

Thursday Doors 28 November 2019

Thursday Doors: Chabanais – lonely and unloved

We’re still going through the fruits of my most recent doorscursion, to the Charente town of Chabanais. I’ve tried to group the images by theme each week and this time I’ve gone for the saddest, shabbiest doors I came across.

None more so than this:

There’s a small area in the town centre that’s about to see some renovation activity and is currently fenced off, so I thought I’d better record it before they go and spoil it. The flowerpot on the step adds a touch of poignancy.

More old abandoned examples:

Not so old, but not particularly cared for:

Thursday Doors 21 November 2019

Thursday Doors: Chabanais – Double doors: and more

This week’s instalment of the doors of Chabanais has something of a theme in that it features exclusively double, or even multiple, doors.

Even something as prosaic as a garage can be accessorised with some curtains:

Or even some ornate decoration on the roofline:

Garages aren’t necessarily for just one vehicle, however:

Follow the signs for the public conveniences, though, and you’ll be in for a disappointment:

Finally, an old workshop:

Thursday Doors 14 November 2019

Thursday Doors: Chabanais – The decaying courtyard

We’re still in Chabanais this week, for a whole row of mouldering doors in a little courtyard just next to the former Mairie.

This is the old Mairie, in its commanding position at the head of the bridge that crosses the Vienne:

But look to the right of that image. Better still, go into that little courtyard and you’ll find this little trove of very tatty doors:

Thursday Doors 7 November 2019

Thursday Doors: Chabanais – empty shopfronts

More doors from Chabanais, but there’s a theme this week and it’s one I’ve written about before – the demise of the independent local retailer in rural France.

Thirty or forty years ago, the town could probably have supported two boucheries, but no longer..

I found the English sign in this window a little anomalous:

Other trades have also struggled to keep going:

Thursday Doors 31 October 2019

Thursday Doors: Chabanais

After concentrating on the old railway station last week, this time we have a series of photos all taken on the same street in Chabanais.

What struck me most about this first image was the geometric form of the view through the doorway on the left.

Adjacent to that pair is this green example:

The common theme of the remaining images is that they all feature not only doors but also gates and railings. There is quite a broad spectrum of states of repair.

Thursday Doors 24 October 2019