Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Still at Rhodes

This door, to the right of the main portico, while allowing entrance to the building is merely for those that stay only short periods, minutes in fact. Tradesmen's entrance.

DSCF2234This sign obviously not original or they would have got it on straight.DSCF2237 Not sure about the placement of the apostrophes.

Monday, 21 December 2009

Rhodes House

The forward facade of Rhodes House, complete with diners. These eight columns support the the top structure which which seemingly only supports the flag pole. What you can’t see here is the dome behind the balustrade.



Above the door this superb carving.

DSCF2246 This is the back gate to Rhodes House. There is a virtual tour to see the whole of the grounds here


Saturday, 19 December 2009

No 1 South Parks Road

This is The Department of Statistics front entrance.

Behind this door all manner of number crunching goes on.


Its a shame that the symmetry of the windows wasn’t thought about in the designing


My first 'portal' is a very modern one. This man has the sky portal over Oxford. From his lofty perch he has a view of hundreds of years of Oxford history, he can see all the spires beneath which all the portals sitDSCF2223

Friday, 18 December 2009

Why doors and Portals

I have long been fascinated by doors and what lies beyond them. There is a history of doors and portals in Arabic art. Since coming to Oxford it has not escaped my notice that the great colleges and halls have some fantastic doors arches and entrances through which the great and mighty would have embarked on careers that changed the world. The perimeter walls are also dotted with smaller doors through which one can imagine the not so great and mighty sloping of to the local taverns instead of getting down to their studies or smuggling a young lady up to their rooms in the dead of night.

Doors most often close the spaces behind from our view, hiding secrets that those inside would rather not broadcast to the general public. Should I discover any secrets I will write about them here but that is not the purpose of this blog.

Also seen round the town are various alleyways and cul-de-sacs that lead to some amazing places.

This then is my photographic collection of the doors and portals of Oxford.