Posted on July 4, 2019
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
Posted on June 21, 2019
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
Posted on June 13, 2019
As promised, this week we have a selection of stable doors from in and around the town of Pompadour.
To begin, a couple of external shots from the National Stud:
And once you go inside….
Not surprisingly, the presence of the National Stud in Pompadour has led to a number of other stables and breeding companies being established in the vicinity. These two images were captured at one of the leading private stables close by. They also prove that, on this occasion at least, it wasn’t too late to close the stable door.
Thursday Doors 13 June 2019
Posted on June 6, 2019
This week, another selection of doors from the town of Pompadour, in central France.
To begin with, three doors for the price of one in this photo, taken from the inside of the Chapel St-Blaise
This is a great door – such a shame that somebody saw fit to park their car right outside it. Honestly, some people…
Two contrasting doors next to each other:
Rather grander, this one:
Next week, given that Pompadour – as the home of the French National Stud – is a very horsey kind of place, a selection of stable doors (both before and after the horse has bolted).
Thursday Doors 6 June 2019
Posted on May 30, 2019
Last week we went on a coach trip to the town of Pompadour, in the Corrèze departement of France.
Historically the name is most usually linked to Madame Pompadour, the ‘official’ (sic) chief mistress of King Louis XV in the middle of the 18th century. Nowadays, however, Pompadour is best known for its equine-related activities. It’s the home of the French National Stud and many other breeding and training stables. as well as a noted racecourse (UK readers: think Newmarket).
Many of the stables, as well as the stud, are located in grand buildings which, apart from the horses, also offer some interesting doors to look at, of which this is the first selection.
Apart from the final image, these doors are to be found in the chateau or grounds of the National Stud itself.
Thursday Doors 30 May 2019
Posted on May 17, 2019
This week, another selection of doors from the nearby village of Sainte Radegonde, these a little more modern than the previous offerings.
The first two are positively pristine, as you would expect from occupied dwellings:
…although note the vestige of an older door in this image:
But decrepit doors are always the best – even comparatively modern ones:
Thursday Doors 16 May 2019
Posted on May 9, 2019
Drive halfway along the main street of St-Germain-de-Confolens (where many fine doors are to be found), turn right across the bridge over the River Vienne and you’ll find yourself in the little village of Sainte Radegonde, which has a few interesting doors of its own to offer.
The first of these is from a 15th century chapel, now deconsecrated:
Looking like it’s of a similar vintage is this grand house, just around the corner:
Not quite so ancient, but still getting on a bit, are these two weatherworn examples:
Thursday Doors 9 May 2019