Sunday, 5 September 2010

Red door, blue door

A while ago, I posted a picture of two magificent front doors on the big houses on Albert Road - the 'posh' end of Saltaire. As a contrast, these are two doors on one of the streets of small workmen's cottages in the centre of the village. The red one looks like an original door or a faithful copy. The blue one is a poor copy (and I don't know what they've done to the stonework either!) Now that the village is a conservation area and all the buildings are 'listed', people have to abide by strict planning regulations. A lot of householders are making efforts to improve the houses (which are 150 years old now), reinstating the original features. But much remains to be done.

Incidentally, the leaded glass above these doors isn't Victorian either. Many houses had these put in in the 1930s after Salts Estate sold off the village houses into private ownership. You will note the absence of a doorbell too. These houses are small enough that a knock will do!

13 comments:

  1. Yes, that is an interesting bit of 'stonework'!

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  2. To live in a conservation area is good and bad: it protects the place, but it's sometimes hard for the peope to find money to make the right things..
    Anyway, it allows pretty and funny pictures for you! Ü

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  3. I love the way the step to the red door shows that lots of feet have used it. No. 17 definitely needs help.

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  4. These must be tiny, but easy to find."I'm the blue door after the two reds."Almost appear something ran into the one building.

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  5. It's nice that #17 had enough extra blue paint to do the pipe too. Good shot and good story to explain also.

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  6. Great pictures!! Congratulations!!

    Frank, Barcelona

    http://balapertotarreu.blogspot.com

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  7. what bright, cheery doors! I love the transoms above them, too.

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  8. A good photo -- almost like a game show -- "Will you choose what's behind the red door or the blue?"

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  9. A simple photo that really works. Every time I look at it there is something different that I notice,like the new brick.

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  10. what a great find and a perfect colour combination.

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  11. Oh dear, look where the letterbox is on the blue door, poor Postie♥ Am I correct in thinking the hole in the wall next to the step at No 18 contains an old boot scraper?

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