Thursday Doors – The Abandoned Cellar

I’m cheating slightly with my Thursday Doors post this week. The entrance door of my subject building – a long-since abandoned village shop – is certainly old and nicely weatherworn but it’s the doors to the cellar which really caught my eye.   These small doors which give a very limited access from the street to the cellar beneath the shop, are made of iron with beautiful patterns cut into the panels. The textures are beautiful, a mix of faded colours and peeling paint and rust.

I think the shop must have been a rather smart establishment in its heyday. The shutters cover a long stretch of display windows and the building is well located near the top of the hill towards the old château in the village.  I must do a little research to discover what was sold here and what may have been stored beneath the shop…………..

Montmoreau Doors old shop-2

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Montmoreau Doors old shop side view


Thanks as always to Norm for hosting this excellent Thursday Doors challenge.

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20 Comments Add yours

  1. Gorgeous. One of the things I loved about Provence were the colors of the shutters. I know your photo has detail rather than color, but it reminded me of the colorful shutters. I’d love to have a house with shutters some day.


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    1. Hi Janet! Yes the colours here in Charente are often softer than in Provence but everywhere has shutters just the same!

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  2. Timothy Price says:

    Nicely weathered doors make such great subjects!

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    1. Glad you like them Timothy! I can never resist all the textures and the more the paint peels off the more I like them!

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  3. Jane Lurie says:

    I love the design in the metal. Surprising someone hasn’t salvaged or restored these beauties. Your images show the wonderful textures, colors and light. Terrific set, Jane.

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    1. Thanks Jane! Yes, I really need to find out the history of the building, in England this place would have been snapped up and renovated by now!

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  4. I’m exceedingly glad you cheated as these cellar doors are magnificent, Jane. I could study them all day. Have a great weekend! 🙂

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    1. Thankyou Sarah! Have a great one yourself! 😉

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  5. Norm 2.0 says:

    Just lovely Jane. Please feel free to cheat like that for our benefit whenever you’d like ☺

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    1. Cheers Norm! 😀 😀 so glad you don’t mind !

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  6. cattan2011 says:

    Fantastic texture of these doors. simply love it.

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    1. Thank you cattan2011 , much appreciated!

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  7. I would love to see those pretty panels restored. Beautiful photos.

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    1. Thank you Jean and yes, it would be good to see the building and the doors back in use again – far too beautiful to waste!

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  8. Doesn’t it make you wonder, Jane, about the person who chose the door, and the level of consideration they put into that choice? Was it the builder? The owner? The architect? Someone with a level of sensitivity that suggested there was a reason behind the materials and design? Wish we could touch the surface of such objects and instantly know the story.
    Beautiful work again, Jane. Simply lovely.

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    1. Many thanks as always Shelley! I really must try and find out more about the building, it must have been a lovely shop once upon a time, I suspect the owners must have cared a lot about the little details judging from these cellar doors!


  9. Absolutely beautiful!

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    1. Many thanks indeed!

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  10. west517 says:

    Wonderful Jane!! So much talent on a single blog!! xx

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    1. Cheers west! You are waaay too kind!! 🙂


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