Northumberland Thursday Doors

Thursday doors Berwick8

You must all be feeling rather bored with Berwick’s doors, so I will add a few humorous portals for your delectation.

I don’t think I have seen a longer window on a house.
Slightly Foxed means the article has deteriorated, as in the brown spots which appear on the pages of old books. It also can mean “worse for wear” from alcohol.
Windows rather than doors here. But I am not surprised the Hen and Chickens Hotel is up for sale. I wouldn’t want to be *cooped* up in here.
Moulin Rouge? No, more like La Vie en Rose
Shoe Lane, speaks for itself, really. Rather sole-less, a bit down at heel (no more puns please, ed)
This music shop is selling ukuleles. Somehow I can’t see David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Django Reinhart, or Freddie Mercury strumming a ukulele. And why is there fake snow (cotton wool) in the window?
Charles Dickens stayed in this hotel according to the brass plaque. He got around a lot.
This old cinema has been revitalised with an Indian restaurant and a barber shop on the ground floor.

By Dr Alfred Prunesquallor

Maverick doctor with 40 years experience, I reduced my NHS commitment in 2013. I am now enjoying being free lance, working where I am needed overseas. Now I am working in the UK helping with the current coronavirus pandemic.

5 replies on “Thursday doors Berwick8”

Puns are always welcome! That window is amazing! I like the front of Slightly Foxed and I really like the expression. I had a good laugh at the thought of David Bowie playing a ukulele. Thanks for sharing these with Thursday Doors.


I enjoyed these evocative photos of this fascinating old city. But surprised you managed to avoid the Berwick L S Lowry Trail. His favourite seaside town where he spent his holidays, always staying in the same hotel by the station. Appreciated nowadays as much more than just a painter of “matchstick men snd dogs”. His painting of Berwick marketplace with the big dominant town church slap in the centre is much the same scene today. And contains lots of doors, fine snd otherwise. The trail always had big interprets boards, each one near the scene he painted or drew and with a reproduction of the relevant painting. I hope they’ve not been covered with graffiti, or even worse, removed and put in storage! I think his paintings looking out to sea towards the lighthouse on the harbour wall are some of the very best works. The scene from his viewpoint on Berwick walls is totally unchanged. Maybe the lighthouse has a door at it’s base! But it’s very small snd stubby, more of a navigation side Zi guess for vessels entering or leaving the harbour. Lowry loved painting the sea snd the sky , not easy to capture in paint zi’d guess, never having painted.


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