A Productive Day and A #ThursdayDoor

I had a very productive writing day today. The kidlet went back to school and (even though I missed her) I managed to clear a bit of clutter out of my office, plus take a walk in the freezing cold sunshine. And it seemed to pay off. A nagging structural issue in Under Stone (Ambeth book four) that had been plaguing me for the past two months was finally resolved. Plus I managed to catch up on a few other bits and pieces, which was nice.

I wanted to write a blog post as well and, as it’s Thursday, thought I might post a Thursday Door. It’s been a little while since I’ve done so, though I did have a few door photos hanging around – I think the blogging challenge I did last month threw me a little bit off course.

Anyway, I digress. Here is my door:

img_2509It’s a rather nice church door, isn’t it? And here is the church:

img_2527As you can see, it’s missing a few components like a roof, an aisle and any sort of interior. This is St Dunstan of The East, a Norman church in the heart of old London. Built around 1100, the church was damaged in the Great Fire of 1666, after which a tower and steeple designed by Christopher Wren was added. However, when the Church was badly damaged during the WWII Blitz, it was decided not to rebuild and, in 1970, it was opened as a public park.

img_2526It’s a tiny park, as parks go – about the size of the ground floor of an office block. But it is a magical space, twined with ivy, glassless windows looking out onto modern London, an oasis of calm seemingly out of time.

img_2503This was my response to the Thursday Doors Challenge, courtesy of Norm 2.0. For more doors, or to add one of your own, head over to Norm’s site and click the link.


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Thursday Doors – NatWest Building, Coventry

IMG_0933 These rather impressive stainless steel doors are the secondary entrance to the NatWest Building on Hertford St in Coventry.

According to Historic England, the NatWest building was constructed in 1929-30, and you can see an Art Deco influence in both the ornate door panels and the stone decoration on the arch. The icons on the doors were taken from British, Irish and Ancient Greek coins, and this door design was also used at several other NatWest branches across the UK, though in bronze or mahogany, rather than steel.

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The NatWest building, remarkably, survived the Coventry Blitz of November 14, 1940, and is now a Listed Building. The Blitz was one of the most devastating bombing campaigns of World War II and decimated much of the mediaeval city centre including Coventry Cathedral, located just a few streets away from this building.

This is my entry to this week’s Thursday Doors Challenge, courtesy of Norm 2.0. To see more doors or add one of your own, head on over to his site and click the link.