In the village of Rancon there is to be found one of comparatively few remaining ‘Lanternes des Morts’. These were memorials to the dead, quite common in medieval times. In this sense such a Lanterne could be described as a memento mori – thereby meeting the theme of ‘two Ms’ for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week.
This week a second set of doors from a recent return visit to the village of Rancon.
Every village in France has to have at least one hairdressers (‘Coiffure’). It’s the law, or seems to be, and Rancon is no exception. I’d have to say, though, that the adjacent blue doors and shutters are rather more interesting…
…and continue round the corner:
But what we really want is some properly tatty doors:
As promised, we’re taking a short break from the cornucopia of doors from Cahors in order to revisit another place that’s featured on this blog before.
Almost two years ago, I posted some doors from the nearby (30 minutes by car) village of Rancon. Those images were taken during the annual medieval fair, when the place gets quite busy. However, a recent quiet and sunny Sunday morning proved to be much quieter, and the absence of the stalls of the artisan market opened up some vistas that hadn’t been obvious before.
Perhaps most notably is this doorway (or possibly gateway), which stands on its own around the back of the church. I could find nothing that gave any provenance for it, although it must surely once have been part of a grand edifice.
Speaking of the church, which is fortified and dates from the 17th century:
Rather less grand, but just as interesting, is this door at the side of the church…
…which is next to:
Finally, for this week, a couple of private houses, the first just by the mysterious gateway…
…and the second on the main street, which is where we’ll be concentrating next week.
The village of Rancon, about a thirty minute drive from here at Tranquility Base, is in all honesty pretty unremarkable, although it does hold a medieval fête in June every year which is worth a quick look.
But, to be fair, it does have a few interesting doors, both ancient and modern:
including this particularly decrepit example;
while this neglected door is somewhere on the cusp between old and new:
Rancon’s modern doors are in rather better condition, such as this interesting and quite unusual (certainly for around these parts) offering:
One thing that isn’t unusual around here is the closed-down shop. I was particularly struck by this composition in pastels:
while this pair of garden gates suggests that there may be a bit of neighbourly one-upmanship going on: