Thursday Doors

Thursday Doors Angel

On the corner of Pentonville Road and Islington High Street there has been a building called the Angel for over four centuries. The present building has been restored and stands above the Angel Underground Station. I went walkabout in the area last Sunday and took pictures of some interesting doors.

This rather blurry photo of a door was taken from a distance with a smart phone. I particularly like the fanlight.

The main street, running north – south, was the route taken by herdsmen driving their livestock from farms north of London to the huge meat market at Smithfield. In the 17th century, 30,000 beasts a week made their last journey past these doors.

This fine portico protects a door with etched glass designs. I think that the holes at the base of the pillars contained a metal bar which you used to scrape the mud off your boots.
Upper House (House of Wolf) has some interesting woodwork on the fanlight above the door on the extreme right hand side of the picture, by the lady with the yellow skirt
Islington Town Hall, in all its glory
On Cross Street, this is Perkins & Co Ltd. Although the actual door is nothing to write home about, the glazed brown and orange tiles are splendid. Look above the door to see the frieze between the windows.
This house is on five floors. I like the creeper which covers the walls. The blue door is plain, but the pink door of the neighbouring house is interesting, with the black portico.

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.

7 replies on “Thursday Doors Angel”

That first door is perfect to me. A lovely blue. A fine strong door with a beautiful fanlight.
The timber was delivered outside the house and the joiner had to fashion all the interior woodwork from it. Doors (including a big heavy front door), the fanlight, all the door frames, window frames, skirting boards, chair rails, picture rails etc. Fit out the kitchen too. A probably find enough scraps to build a garden shed! Everything, I guess, except floor boards. A lot of work and a lot of skill.

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These are all interesting in odd ways, Ian. I like the transom windows (fanlights) a lot. I love it when they include such detail in those windows. The black door under the portico makes for a very handsome entrance. I like the door you pointed out at Upper House, but the entire front facade is somewhat amazing. Someone in Hartford (Connecticut) recently listed a condo for sale that is spread across four floors. A friend of mine looked at it. He was wondering how often he would leave his glasses in the bedroom and have to climb up.

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