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.
Monday, 21 December 2009
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.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
Friday, 18 December 2009
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.