Thursday Doors – St Mary’s Guildhall, Coventry

IMG_2671This lovely building is St Mary’s Guildhall, located in Coventry, England. Built around 1340, reputedly partly from the stones of the castle previously on the site, the Guildhall is a wonderful example of a medieval building. It also contains some rather fabulous doors.

IMG_2638This is probably one of the newest doors in the building, most likely from the last century. Improvements were done to preserve the building in the 1930s, and this may have been when this door was put in.

IMG_2648 IMG_2647And this is probably one of the oldest doors in the building. It’s the door to the 14th century Treasury Chamber, set in what is thought to be an even older tower from the castle that previously stood here. I couldn’t get the best angle of the front of the door, but managed to get a good shot of the back showing the huge timbers and iron bolts – they built things to last in those days.

IMG_2661This is also a door, though a secret one, set into the panelling. Only the tiny keyhole and hinges give it away for what it is.

IMG_2641And this door leads into a rather splendid council chamber – it’s probably 14th or 15th century in date. The guide I spoke to said there were doors of all eras in the building, from the 14th right through to the 20th century.

IMG_2668Finally, this lovely door leads into the Drapers Room – I love the carving and linenfold detail on it, though I do think the metal push panel detracts from the overall look. This room also has a gorgeous stained glass window, which I am adding here as a bonus.

IMG_2669I will probably be doing a further post on the Guildhall, as it’s a fascinating place with a rich history. But for now, this concludes my Thursday Doors entry for this week, part of Norm 2.0’s Thursday Doors Challenge. For more doors, or to add one of your own, head over to Norm’s blog and click the link.

25 thoughts on “Thursday Doors – St Mary’s Guildhall, Coventry

      1. Oh really? I grew up there, and I do think it a place with so many layers of history. There are a lot of hidden gems there πŸ˜€ Hope you get there for a visit soon.

    1. Thank you – it’s a gorgeous old building, isn’t it? A real mix of styles. There’s so much history there I’m going to write at least one more post about it πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, Sarah – I think they were my favourites too. The secret door wasn’t marked or anything, I just happened to notice it – I think some other visitors in the room were wondering why I was photographing a blank wall!

    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ While I grew up in the UK, I lived in Canada and then Australia for quite a while, so it’s been nice to rediscover the history now I’m back here πŸ™‚

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