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Thursday Doors South Street 1

Across the River Wear from Durham Cathedral, South Street is a treasure trove for door enthusiasts.

These houses have a great view of Durham Cathedral and Castle. Yes, the street is cobbled.
Twin doors
Black and red twin doors
40 Winks guesthouse/hotel
Rather austere black door

More doors from South Street next week.

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Thursday Doors in Durham

Durham is famous for its magnificent Norman cathedral, sited on a forested loop of the River Wear, next to the castle.

Study bench with a view of the Cathedral

Palace Green, between the castle and cathedral, has lots of wonderful doors. The most famous door on the cathedral has a sanctuary knocker. Unfortunately it was being renovated when I visited, but here is the “dog tooth” zigzag moulding in the door arch. And a poster describing the flaming head knocker. People seeking sanctuary had 37 days to sort out their problems before they faced justice or were banished from the kingdom for ever – transported to the port of Hartlepool to sail to the continent.

Doors on the green:

Durham Coat of Arms and the shield of the Prince Bishops

Around the cloisters, there are more doors of interest. The monks used to do their laundry here and would hang their cassocks on the stone windows. The cloisters were utilised as a location in the Harry Potter films – the quadrangle where Harry magically releases Hedwig the owl from his hands in “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”, and again in the “Chamber of Secrets” where Harry, Ron and Hermione learn how to turn animals into water goblets.

A modern door

Inside the cathedral, there is a door built into the huge clock.

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World bee day

Here’s a carpenter bee buzzing away in Pokhara, Nepal, last week.

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Thursday Doors – Lili Marlene

Yes, this is the answer to my question, “Who was the famous daughter of the commander of the Zeppelin which bombed Hartlepool?” Max Dietrich was killed when his Zeppelin crashed in flames into the North Sea less than a mile from Hartlepool.

Pieces of debris were washed ashore and can be seen in the Hartlepool Museum.

Lili Marlene sung by Marlene Dietrich

Outside the barracks, by the corner light
I’ll always stand and wait for you at night
We will create a world for two
I’ll wait for you the whole night through
For you, Lili Marlene
For you, Lili Marlene

Bugler tonight don’t play the call to arms
I want another evening with her charms
Then we will say goodbye and part
I’ll always keep you in my heart
With me, Lili Marlene
With me, Lili Marlene

Give me a rose to show how much you care
Tie to the stem a lock of golden hair
Surely tomorrow, you’ll feel blue
But then will come a love that’s new
For you, Lili Marlene
For you, Lili Marlene

When we are marching in the mud and cold
And when my pack seems more than I can hold
My love for you renews my might
I’m warm again, my pack is light
It’s you, Lili Marlene
It’s you, Lili Marlene

My love for you renews my might
I’m warm again, my pack is light
It’s you, Lili Marlene
It’s you, Lili Marlene

Songwriters: Hans Leip / Norbert Schultze

Lili Marlene lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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Thursday Doors Hartlepools

Hartlepools – Old Hartlepool and West Hartlepool (no longer referred to as “British West Hartlepool”) again. Pretty bright colours. There are two museums, one for the tow one for the Navy. I like the door advertising money for old rope.

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Thursday Doors in Hartlepool

Easter weekend was sunny and warm. I drove up to see my aged parents and enjoyed the sea air.Hartlepool used to be a grim town, chemical plants, gasworks, steel industry nearby. But it has been spruced up recently.These doors are all from the old town at the edge of the harbour. Some houses have been gentrified, others are in need of tlc.Hartlepool was bombed by a zeppelin raid during the first World War in 1916. It was shot down and all the crew died. My grandmother lived ten miles up the coast and can remember seeing the zeppelin crash in flames into the sea. The airship captain had a famous daughter. Anyone hazard a guess? Clue Lili. Answer next week.Also, this part of Hartlepool was bombarded by German battleships in December 1914 during WW1 killing 130 civilians and a serviceman, the first to die in action on British soil during the conflict.But during the Napoleonic war, a monkey was washed ashore clinging to driftwood. The monkey was obviously not British and couldn’t speak English, so the locals assumed it was a French spy and hanged it.If you ever want to sample NHS care at the local Accident and Emergency department, go into a pub or bar on a Saturday night and shout out, “Who hung the monkey, then?”