Thursday Doors: Even More From Perigueux (2)

Another selection from the lost treasures of my library of images from the medieval town of Perigueux.

To begin, an elaborately-framed arched example:

Another arched door, juxtaposed with a more conventional one:

This one seems to be trying to hide in a corner:

And a few more:

Finally, as something of a contrast, this more modern door with art deco ironwork:

Thursday Doors 8 August 2019

Thursday Doors: Even More From Perigueux

Just when I thought I was running out of doors to post….I went back to my library and unearthed a good few doors from the town of Perigueuex that will keep us diverted for the next few weeks.

To begin with, some doors that used to be doors:

Some real doors, but showing their age:

Old, but in rather better condition:

And finally, for this week, a juxtaposition of old and new:

Thursday Doors 1 August 2019

Thursday Doors: Azay-Le-Ferron

Earlier this summer we went on a coach trip which included a visit to the Chateau at Azay-Le-Ferron, in central France. Dating back in parts to the 13th century, it is a pretty impressive edifice and, as you would expect, it’s got some rather interesting doors.

Note the date on this first example: 1302.

The family who lived here for centuries were very keen on what we’d today describe as ‘blood sports’, as illustrated here:

Over the centuries, the original building has been modified and extended, so not all the doors ‘match’:

Even the gateway to the extensive ornamental gardens has some character:

And the church just outside the gates doesn’t stint on the architecture:

Thursday Doors 25 July 2019

Thursday Doors: Le Dorat

This week, a final selection of doors from nearby Le Dorat and we’re back in our comfort zone with some gloriously tatty examples.

This is probably the pick of the bunch – no doubt a shop way back in the mists of time:

More abandoned examples:

These next two come with ‘matching’ shutters:

And finally, almost covered in foliage:

Thursday Doors 18 July 2019

Thursday Doors: Le Dorat – Celebrating The Mondial

Last week I promised more doors from Le Dorat, but with a bit of a twist, so here we have it.

Last weekend, the nearby town (although it prefers to think of itself as a petit cité) of Le Dorat played host to the world sheep-shearing championships. It may well have passed you by, since France was also at the same time the venue of the FIFA Women’s Football World Cup, but it was a big thing round these parts, where the sheep comfortably outnumber the human population.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get to the event itself, but a few weeks earlier I paid a visit to Le Dorat to take a look at some of the celebratory artwork that was appearing on shop windows and shop doors in anticipation.

To begin with, some double shopfronts, starting with the local kebab shop:

Rather more upmarket, there was the Traiteur (that’s a deli to the likes of us):

And I can’t recall what this was:

For the next two, you’ll just have to take my word that they are on doors – of, respectively, the bank and an insurance broker:

All very impressive, but it was nice to see that even some more traditional doors were getting into the spirit (even if only by association):

Thursday Doors 11 July 2019

Thursday Doors: Le Dorat revisited

The petit cité de caractère (as it likes to style itself) of Le Dorat has featured in this thread before, albeit only once and that almost three years ago. A recent visit – for a specific purpose that will be revealed next week – yielded quite a few previously undiscovered doors of character, starting with this impressive ironwork on the door of a butcher’s shop:

Echoing this style is the door….er, next door:

Two doors for the price of one next, although the impressive stonework surround gives the edge to the one on the right:

And here’s another with an even more elaborate surround:

But before we get carried away with ideas of grandeur, here are a couple of doors that could be politely described as derelict:

Thursday Doors 4 July 2019

Thursday Doors: Chateau de la Riviere

Just outside Pompadour lies the Chateau de la Rivière, home of JN Stables. Apart from the stables themselves – and here’s a reminder…

…there are some old buildings from the original Chatea, including some characterful doors:

….not all of which are readily accessible

There is also a – deconsecrated – chapel, which boasts an ossuary:

Thursday Doors 20 June 2019