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

Thursday Doors: Chabanais – the old railway station

I recently revisited the town of Chabanais in the Charente departement. There have been a few posts of doors from there in past years, but – to my pleasant surprise – this time I found, by striking out in a different direction, previously unexplored areas with plenty to offer fro this weekly challenge.

I didn’t even know that Chabanais had a gâre – railway station. Well it does, although it doesn’t actually have any trains: the replacement buses leave from just outside.

With the station building itself now permanently closed, the exterior is starting to show the signs of neglect…

…even those on the more sheltered side:

Thursday Doors 17 October 2019

Thursday Doors: Bussiere-Poitevine (5 – and final)

This week, we have a final instalment of doors from the nearby village of Bussière-Poitevine.

Particularly notable  in this first example is the characteristic Limousin sink on the right: a common feature of many old buildings around here. In fact we have a couple ourselves.

This is on the main road that runs through the village. It looks like it used to be a shop of some kind, although it’s looked like this for as long as we’ve been coming here (so over fifteen years). The only things you’re likely to see in that window nowadays is a selection of cats.

An equally neglected set of doors (a former workshop?):

In rather better fettle. Note the old postbox:

Just your average green door:

And finally a shout-out to the charity shop where Madame volunteers. I can attest to the quality of the cakes sold in the café – Madame makes a lot of them.

Thursday Doors 10 October 2019