Thursday Doors – Aldwych, London

img_2429It’s Thursday, and time for Norm 2.0’s weekly Thursday Doors Challenge. This week I have a photo of a door I took last summer but forgot about – I found it while scrolling through my photo library looking for something else.

img_2430There were a few reasons I took a photo of this door. One is its size – you can’t really tell from the photo but it’s huge, well over two metres tall. I also liked the lion head door pulls. But I really liked the inscription over the door, and the way the word ‘North’ seems to have been added as an afterthought. It made me wonder about why that could have happened – was it because they built another, more easterly wing and had to rename this door? Or did they check the direction after the door was put in and realise it was wrong? Or does the interior of the building move independently of the door, so while it originally led into the East Wing, subsequent movements have now made it the entrance to the North East Wing. Hmmm.

There might even be a story in that…

This has been my response to Norm 2.0’s Thursday Doors Challenge. For more doors, or to add one of your own, visit Norm’s site and click the link.


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17 thoughts on “Thursday Doors – Aldwych, London

  1. Passed this door many times on my way to work when living in London, Helen, and never noticed the word ‘North’. Does beg the question why it was added. Maybe to put off a wicked witch finding a way to replace those Vs with Us? πŸ€”

    1. How interesting, Hugh! Maybe it’s a recent addition? And I like your thinking about the Vs – that’s the cool thing about doors, they have so many possibilities and stories behind them πŸ™‚

  2. Fascinating and re ” North”, I see your point about whether it was an addition. I googled the V/U thing and found: “Uppercase and lowercase letters are allographs. Before the letter U was added to the Latin alphabet, the shape V was an allograph and stood for both the vowel U and the consonant V. It wasn’t until printing standardized letter shapes in the 1600s that the letter U became regularly used” … nice to know, I was ignorant of that, you made me find out :), lovely door too…

    1. Thanks, Vicky, glad you like it πŸ™‚ You do see a lot of V’s used as U’s here, especially on Roman Revival style buildings, as it’s the old Latin style. It is pretty cool, I agree πŸ™‚

      1. Yes I was happy to discover why… there are often unanswered questions prompted by a post and as I’m in London next week I will now be hunting for V’s… WordPress makes you work hard!

  3. I love that North over the top. I can see a bunch of people standing around with a compass and arguing about it, then compromising with Northeast. Then deciding it wasn’t worth rebuilding and deciding to add the word over the top.

  4. Nice one Helen. Yes that V/U thing always throws me off for a second. I sure hope they don’t have to change the directional orientation of the building again, they’ve pretty much run out of room for further corrections πŸ˜‰

  5. Maybe the building turned during the night one night. πŸ™‚ Just throwing that out there. The added “North” is certainly intriguing, but what a sturdy door! I love lion head pulls.

    janet

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