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Bolsover Castle - Door

 

There's a blue notice to the right of the door (i.e., looking towards it), it reads:

 

"Door to the wall-walk

This highly ornate oak door once led onto the Little Castle wall-walk. It was designed by William's architect, John Smythson, and shows the attention to detail demanded by William. It is now very weathered but it may have once been painted a deep, earthy red, like the other doors around the castle."

 

The William referred to was William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle (1592-1676), described by Wikipedia as, "an English polymath and aristocarat, having been a poet, equestrian, playwright, swordsman, politician, architect, diplomat and soldier." His second wife (the first dying, presumable exhausted after bearing his 10 children) sems to have been similarly multi-talented, being described as "poet, dramatist, philospher and natural scientist".

Bolsover Castle - Door

 

There's a blue notice to the right of the door (i.e., looking towards it), it reads:

 

"Door to the wall-walk

This highly ornate oak door once led onto the Little Castle wall-walk. It was designed by William's architect, John Smythson, and shows the attention to detail demanded by William. It is now very weathered but it may have once been painted a deep, earthy red, like the other doors around the castle."

 

The William referred to was William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle (1592-1676), described by Wikipedia as, "an English polymath and aristocarat, having been a poet, equestrian, playwright, swordsman, politician, architect, diplomat and soldier." His second wife (the first dying, presumable exhausted after bearing his 10 children) sems to have been similarly multi-talented, being described as "poet, dramatist, philospher and natural scientist".

comments (16)

i had to look up the word polymath, Tom. the door is indeed very ornate, if it looks like this now, i find it hard to imagine how it would have looked when new.
Tom Wilson: It must have looked wonderful originally!
What an amazing old thing! It's just beautiful!
Tom Wilson: And just think of it - brand new and deep red!
Cette vieille porte était très belle.
Tom Wilson: C'est certainement!
Nothing like good wabi sabi, Tom
Tom Wilson: Ain't that the truth!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 1 Dec 2017, 06:08
It is a work of art, Tom.
Tom Wilson: It must have looked magnificent when new!
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 1 Dec 2017, 06:39
Just think of the things it has seen over the centuries..
Tom Wilson: And it has survived!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 1 Dec 2017, 06:59
Even in its weathered state a magnificent door.
Tom Wilson: I'd love to see them produce a replica of its original state!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 1 Dec 2017, 07:25
It is amazing that it survived all these years, I am glad they now have it secured. That was a good carpenter making this.
Tom Wilson: A master-craftsman certainly!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 1 Dec 2017, 08:19
What an amazing survival. It reminds me of two of the ancient doors in Chepstow Castle
Tom Wilson: Never been to Chepstow - I'll take a look online!
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 1 Dec 2017, 08:38
I wonder if he was the Newcastle that fought in the English local derby?
Tom Wilson: You mean the one against the Earl of Sunderland? smile
and its still standing, remarkable
Tom Wilson: Astonishing, isn't it? Must have been well made from seasoned oak, I guess!
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 1 Dec 2017, 14:49
It looks absolutely amazing
Tom Wilson: The right word for it, Anne smile
It is oddly attractive.
Tom Wilson: It must have looked stunning, when new!
INteresting door, at elast it hasn't been thrown away.
Tom Wilson: Fortunately saved.
It would have probably lasted better if they hadn't painted it
Tom Wilson: I don't know what they'd have used as a preservative back in the 17th century??
Quite a door, Tom...You won't get one like that in B&Q....smile
Tom Wilson: Not very likely! smile

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