Sunday, 28 October 2012

Country door































In the Wicklow Mountains near us. I don't know why the door is shaped like that either, and no one seemed to be home for me to ask.

8 comments:

Andy Brown said...

Whimsy, I would think. The shape calls to mind a Traveler's cart - but I suppose they didn't go in for walls of stone . . .

Ronald Langereis said...

There must have been a stone mason involved. Why he engaged himself in brightening up this modest dwelling with a trefoil and a fancy entrance can only be guessed at. Did the property belong to a monastery in days of yore?

Brian Kaller said...

Andy,

I thought it might be for a cart of some kind -- perhaps one heavily laden with straw or turf...

Ronald,

As you mention it, it was close to Glendalough, although I don't know whether the building was built by the monks.

irishwildeye said...

The building was a blacksmiths forge, the doorway is shaped like a horseshoe. This is quite common in Ireland. Quite a few examples near where I live in the North Midlands.

Brian Kaller said...

Irishwildeye,

Interesting. I've never seen or heard reference to one -- perhaps it's more common in your area.

irishwildeye said...

If you go to ridewithgps.com (you need to register, but any similar site that uses Google maps and street view will do) and find Ballinacree close to the Cavan Meath border, about 3 or 4 miles west of the town of Oldcastle. If you zoom in on the road south of where the word Ballinacree is on the map, just north east of the 4 cross road, you will find the words “The Forge”, on the map. Switch to google street view right there and you will find another doorway just like the one in your photo.

irishwildeye said...

Check out this page, three photos of forges all with the same style of door
http://www.oldirishimages.com/irish%20life/forges/forges.shtml

Brian Kaller said...

Irish,

You've convinced me; thank you for the references. I hadn't run across such buildings before, but I'll be on the lookout for them now.