Thursday Doors


Plenty of Thursday Doors on this week’s post, although not all of them are in place. This row of cottages has three different roofs and the center house looks as if it was built as an afterthought, filling in the gap. The green exterior door is in better condition than the rest of the cottage (and its neighbours). I even managed to photograph the interior doors – without putting a foot inside.


Seven of them lay just inside the entrance pillars, entangled in the briars, their white coats peeling away. The gable end has disappeared beneath the ivy but the facade of the cottages has escaped being smothered – for now.


Further along the narrow road another row of cottages are in worse condition. The vine branches are so thick you can tell they’ve been there for a very long time.

I think these small dilapidated cottages once housed families of flour mill workers as there is a big old ruin of a mill on the same road. There’s a planning notice at the entrance, so maybe someone is going to take on the job of renovating and refurbishing. They will certainly have their work cut out for them, as you can see from the following image.


ย For more Thursday Doors check out Norm’s blog, always something of interest there.


About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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47 Responses to Thursday Doors

  1. Oh I hope they make them livable again! This is just the project I would take on!

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  2. margademmers says:

    Interesting series! Those dilapidated cottages have inspired very nice photos.

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  3. pommepal says:

    They certainly need lots of TLC…

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  4. Sad but certainly picturesque, Jean! The green door looks to be in the best shape of all the structures still left.


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  5. joey says:

    Ooh, what a treat! Right up my alley, so to speak. That building looks awful sad and sagging for repair. Maybe tear down and rebuild? Hmm. Anyway, as is, those cottages thrill me and I’m so glad you shared them. Grass green doors and tangled vines a plus. Great post ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thanks, Joey. I think there has been attempts in the past to renovate that huge mill but not much progress was made. I’ll keep an eye on what happens to it if planning is approved.


  6. Norm 2.0 says:

    Amazing how nature just comes back in and reclaims neglected spaces. Wonderful shots Jean ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Vicky says:

    These are lovely, mysterious with neglect..where are they Jean?

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    • Thanks, Vicky. They are near a place called Piltown, just of the N25 Dungarvan – Youghal road. If you carry on past them you can get to a couple of different beaches. It’s a lovely area.


  8. facetfully says:

    Nice post! “Nature reclaiming the space.” That is an interesting comment…is it good or not-so-good? Food for thought. I always enjoy a different take on the doors. Every one does not have to be glorious, they don’t have the same kind of story! Thanks for posting!

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  9. Goodness in some of those images I think it’s the foliage holding up the walls. It’s going to take some deep pockets to restore these buildings, but I hope it’s doable.

    Ireland has some great old cottages.

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  10. I see this as a movie setting for an old fashioned fairy tale…fantastic find! I love it!

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  11. Dan Antion says:

    I hope they are planning to rescue the mill. It would be nice if there was a way to rescue the cottages. It’s sad to see them in this state, but very good pictures Jean.

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  12. jesh stg says:

    Love how you build a story with your photos from the the life that was lived here. The “house” in-between, the spindly trunks (roots?) growing up against the walls and windows – the mill – intriguing! You already have gathered your plot?

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    • Well, thank you for your lovely words and you’re right about a plot. There’s a story I’ve been wanting to write for a long time about some of my female ancestors who worked in a mill in England. (I’ll fictionalize it as it’s mostly conjecture on my part). Their homes were owned by the mill and putting two and two together, it seems as if the the mill owner or manager believed he owned the women workers, too. I could use those photos as inspiration while writing that story. Thanks for reminding me about it. ๐Ÿ™‚


      • jesh stg says:

        The mill owner must be the trouble maker:(
        In my childhood I lived in a little town (in Holland) that had a wind mill -such an important feature in that town. I passed that windmill every time I went to my friend’s house- so a mill is a great childhood memory….let me know when it comes out – I would like to read that one:):)

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        • This one will be a cotton mill and not a very nice place but it won’t give you any nightmares, I hope. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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          • jesh stg says:

            Hm – I don’t know how cotton mills look like from the inside.
            With a flour mill it is 2 huge round stones (like 2 pancakes on top of each other) at the bottom, connected with rads to the top where the four whatchamacallits are being moved by the wind. On the bottom the mill owner also has his living quarters -living- and bedroom, and kitchen.

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            • That’s a great description. There’s a working flour mill in Kilkenny, a couple of hours drive away, that has been in the same family for generations. Next time I’m up that way I might get some photos.


  13. Helen Bushe says:

    Really interesting post with great images.

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  14. joannesisco says:

    That old cottage looks like it’s slowing being eaten by the vines. Before long it will be completely swallowed. Rather sad … but great photos!

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  15. Pilgrim says:

    Incredible how the vegetation took over. Great shots.

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  16. the beauty of dilapidation (and nature reclaiming) captured splendidly

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  17. You did it again Jean! I am quite jealous of this one. This is the kind of place I would love to explore.

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