When the Door Opens

“Somehow I always expect that one day the doors will speak out to me and share their past life as it was centuries ago.”  ― Maria Lehtman.

The Wednesday Challenge over at Weekly Prompts is  The Door.  And oh what tales these doors could tell!

SONY DSCThe ruins of the old St Leonard’s hospital (1137AD – 1539AD) in the ancient city of York. Interestingly, in the middle-ages illness was thought to be caused by bad air, and therefore high ceilings and windows were important to circulate fresh air. Seems to me they could teach us a thing or two today!

SONY DSCAn unbelievably small side door to the 700-year-old Ripley Castle in North Yorkshire.

SONY DSCAnother small door, this one leads out onto the Conduit courtyard of the 900-year-old Skipton Castle – note the magnificent Yew tree planted in 1659! SONY DSCThey say trees can talk – next time I visit the castle I will listen more carefully!

Knareborough Castle dungeonAnd would you look at this – a tiny door to the dungeon of the 900-year-old Knaresborough Castle, a castle that was once the stronghold of medieval kings!

Narrow door 2nd FebAnd finally, a door in a fireplace that’s probably not as old as the fourteenth-century pub in which it resides, but fascinating nonetheless, and if only because I really would like to know what is beyond that door!

For more information Click these links – Ripley Castle  Skipton Castle

Little Owl 3

Oh, I almost forgot, Weekly Prompts has a new staff member. Meet Little Owl, a cousin of Big Owl, and if things go awry over there, you’ll know who to blame!

(C) SueW-nansfarm.net 2020 Weekend Challenge The Door from Weekly Prompts.

Wednesday Challenge – The Door


33 thoughts on “When the Door Opens

  1. If we never had doors, we wouldn’t be able to go anywhere. There’s a reclamation centre close by here that sell doors, some which are huge. I often think what lives they have seen and what they will witness in the future. The original doors from the Abbey Road studios are in the Hard Rock Cafe in New York. They’re modern really, but when I think of the talent that has passed through them over the years, I find it amazing. Another great prompt, Sue. Sorry for the long reply.

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    1. Do not apologise for the long reply! I didn’t know about the doors from the Abbey Road studios, thank you.
      How right you are about doors. Open plan may be modern and I love it, but occasionally we need doors to open and close! Thank you, Trev 🙂

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  2. Love these door photos, Sue, and learning about them! Thank you for sharing them with us and teaching us about them! 🙂
    Some of my all time fav photos are of doors and of windows. They are just so intriguing and so much history related to them…history-history and people/family histories!
    When open, doors and windows release us into the beautiful world!
    When closed, doors and windows give us a chance to rest and renew!
    (((HUGS))) 🙂
    PS…How are you doing today?!

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    1. Wonderful examples aren’t they, Only parts of St Leonard’s and Knaresborough castle remain intact, but Ripley and Skipton are well preserved, still lived in and have well documented histories.
      Thank you, so much for comments, Rhen 🙂


      1. Yes they do have modern heating and plumbing! But Skipton the biggest castle is now divided into two. One half is modernised and lived in by the owners and the other half is preserved without modernisation and open to the public.
        Ripley has been lived in by the same family for 700 years. Private tours of small groups can be booked. A brilliant tour and well worth the fee. I’ve blogged about these before, I will look up the page links for you 🙂


  3. Murphy's Law

    Love these doors and windows! The architecture and craftsmanship speak for themselves….amazing the centuries these structures have survived, even if only in part in some cases. The history behind those doors and walls must be incredible.

    Thanks for the tour. It’s the closest I will ever come to seeing these marvelous castles. Thank you so much.

    Hope you are continuing to keep safe and well….family included,
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. Amazing is THE word! They are just wonderful to visit. I will add a couple of links to the bottom of the post.

      I am staying safe and I’m very well… thankfully! I hope you are too. And thank you, Ginger 🙂


  4. What a glorious collection of ancient doorway photos Sue…. and I was especially fascinated by the a tiny door to the dungeon of the 900-year-old Knaresborough Castle, a castle that was once the stronghold of medieval kings!
    Oh…the minds imagination could go raving mad behind that dungeon door…..

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    1. Oh, they are lovely, aren’t they? When we first thought of ‘The Door’ for a challenge I just knew I would use these ones for Nan’s farm.
      I’m still keeping well and continuing to ‘Stay at Home’. Hope all is well with you too. Thank you, Lisa 🙂

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      1. I have done a bit of a catch up with blogs, sometimes leaving a quick note. I am quite well actually. Had a few medical tests and I am quite average, fit and healthy. You look after yourself as well xoxo

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