Thursday Doors: Oradour-sur-Glane (1)

Oradour-sur-Glane is a place not very far from here that I’ve visited many times, and I’ve featured images from it in several other posts on this blog.

You can find out more about it here, but suffice it to say that it’s a permanent – and very powerful – memorial to a war crime perpetrated in June 1944.

Given this background, it’s not surprising to hear that there are very few doors left to show, but there are enough to provide hopefully an interesting and enlightening contribution to Thursday Doors.

This was the butcher’s shop:

And this the boulangerie (bakers). The sign on the left says “Here were found two charred corpses”

The village had been there for a long time, as you can see from this ironwork above a doorway on the main street:

This door is in the church:

This barn lies behind the church. Given its reasonable condition, I suspect it is used as a depot for site maintenance:

Finally. this is the heavy bronze door that leads to a crypt in the cemetery which houses a museum dedicated to the victims:

Thursday Doors 14 September 2017


Autrefois: Bussiere-Poitevine

This is the first post in a new category of ‘Autrefois’, in which I’ve tried to reproduce, as closely as possible, the modern look of views shown on old picture postcards of the Haute Vienne departément.

Bussiere-Poitevine: the tram station

Between the two wars, there was an extensive tram network in the Limousin region. Today very little remains, apart from some of the old stations (gares), with their distinctive checkered brickwork around doors and windows and corners.

Bussiere gare PC

The gare at Bussiere-Poitevine is one of the better-preserved and now does service as a municipal building.

Bussiere gare ed


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Bussiere-Poitevine: Maison Leger Montel

I’ve no idea what kind of shop Maison Leger Montel was, although when the picture for the postcard was taken they had a sale (‘Soldes’) on.

Bussiere shop PC

Today, it’s a hairdressers.

Buss shop ed

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