More lovely doors from Berwick. A pair of pink ones to begin.
Behind the southern fortress walls of Berwick, there are some elegant houses, along Wellington Terrace and the Quay Walls. White doors with black knockers, handles and letterboxes look very smart. I like the dressed stone blocks, the porticos and the black iron railings.
A few more interesting doors from Berwick-upon-Tweed.
More wonderful doors from the streets of this historic town. This is the Town Hall, built on the site of the Tollbooth. There have been several versions of the Tollbooth, one of which was burned down by marauding Scots, but most just deteriorated with time. In 1749, the Tollbooth collapsed, leaving the bell tower unstable. Joseph Dods, a local builder, demolished the old building and sent the bells to London to be recast. He submitted a design for the new building, but as he had no experience of such a grand project, the guild sent his plans to the Worralls, architects in London who designed St Martin’s in the Fields, the church on Trafalgar Square (before it was Trafalgar Square). Dods successfully submitted new plans, very similar to the Worralls’ design, in 1750. His name is inscribed in stone above the door, and the mayor’s name Joseph Fleming Maguire, is in black on white lettering across the portico supported by fourTuscan columns.
Berwick-upon-Tweed is the most northerly town in England. It is closer to Edinburgh in Scotland than it is to Newcastle. As a border town, it changed hands more than half a dozen times from 1000 – 1482, ending up as part of England. Queen Elizabeth the First spent a fortune building fortifications around the town to deter invaders. I highly recommend a walking trip around the town walls and battlements.
I stayed in a guest house on the Parade Ground outside the Army Barracks (designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor, contemporary of Sir Christopher Wren). Many of the town houses are Georgian, almost 300 years old. And they have beautiful doors.
Rothbury is a lovely town in Northumberland, just south of the Cheviot Hills. Just outside the town is Cragside, a mansion built by the Armstrong family. It was the first home to be lit by electricity. Unfortunately, covid restrictions meant that you can only visit the house by booking tickets in advance (which we were not able to do). So here are a few examples of doors in the town.
We’re on holiday in Northumberland at the moment, so there are more opportunities to capture a few doors. The first photograph is from the window of our bed and breakfast in Berwick upon Tweed, looking out over the parade ground (now a car park) outside the barracks, but in 1721, but the King’s Own Scottish Borders regiment left in 1964 and the barracks is a gallery and museum.
The last two photos are from Holy Island, Lindisfarne. When your boat is no longer seaworthy, drag it from the water and turn it upside down. Add a door and you’ve got a shed. It reminds me of the Dickens novel David Copperfield. The character Peggity used to live in similar accommodation.
The castle on the hill behind the boat sheds was a run until a rich Edwardian bachelor asked architect Lutyens to renovate it. Now it belongs to the National Trust. Unfortunately, one has to book in advance to go inside, because of social distancing and covid restrictions.
More from Northumberland next week.
Just a few interesting doors close to home for this week’s entry. They all have leaded lights, a feature of private homes from 1860 to 1930 according to Wikipedia. They look a bit more gothic than Frank Lloyd Wright.
On Saturday 15th May 2021, Leicester City Football Club won the Football Association Cup for the first time since the club was founded in 1884. The club is older than Arsenal and Chelsea (whom Leicester beat in the final 1-0).
Leicester City is a relatively small football club, whose stadium only seats 32,312 fans. The club has a reputation for being the underdog and has tremendous support from the citizens of Leicester – see this small selection of doors with posters and LCFC flags.
The top four clubs in the premier league go through to the European Championship competition. Sadly, Leicester dropped to fifth place on the final day of the season, and missed the cut. This was the first time LCFC dropped out of the top four during the entire 2020/21 season.
Narrow boats. On the Grand Union Canal just south of Leicester, by Kilby Bridge. The doors are not the most noticeable features of the canal boats.