Thursday Doors


At the bottom of this very nondescript lane you’ll see an old stone arch and as this is a Thursday Doors post, I’ve taken photographs of a couple of doors on my way through the lane. There’s even a few fake windows thrown in for good measure – alongside the blue door.

Of course, it’s the oldest structure that often steals the show when you come across a mix of architecture from different eras, and that’s certainly the case down Quay Lane in Youghal (Yawl), County Cork.


The Water Gate (known by locals as Cromwell’s Arch) is a 19th century reconstruction of one of five medieval gates, set in the old town walls. 400 years ago, you would be looking at the sea through that arch. This particular gate was probably the most important because it controlled the sea trade of Youghal. The town’s medieval harbour was located just outside the Water Gate but was infilled in the mid 1700’s. The reason the gate is known locally as Cromwell’s Archย is because Oliver Cromwell left through it in May 1650, to board the frigateย President, bound for Bristol.

He had arrived in Youghal in August of the previous year. His reason for being in Ireland was to quell a rebellion. Having decided to winter his army of 10,000 cavalry and foot soldiers in the town, Cromwell lodged at the old priory of St. Johnโ€™s on North Main Street (pictured below). The arched doorway is still in its original state, just as it was when Cromwell walked through. So too, is the long, narrow window above it. The red and white door and window are much later additions as is the wooden door in the old arch.

After spending nine months fighting Irish rebels, Cromwell received news that Scottish loyalists were planning an invasion of England and he left Ireland through the Water Gate in Youghal, transferring his command to his son-in-law, Henry Ireton. Those Gaels (Irish and Scottish) certainly gave him a run for his money, didn’t they?

I hope you enjoyed your visit to medieval Youghal today. For more Thursday Doors of varying age and condition, hop on over to the blue ‘frog’ link on Norm’s blog and see what surprises await you.


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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45 Responses to Thursday Doors

  1. Such an impressive post!!

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  2. Sherry Felix says:

    Nice one. I am intrigued by the reconstructed water gate. Wonder why they rebuilt it?

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    • Good question, Sherry. The town was a very important port at the time it was rebuilt and most of the present quays date from the 18th century. The Water Gate gave access to the warehousing sector for the adjoining quays where many of the town’s fishermen live, along with others engaged in the port’s activities. So I suppose that’s why the arched gate was preserved back then. Nowadays it’s a protected structure, thank goodness.

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  3. Jennie says:

    Excellent, Jean. I love the history and architecture.

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  4. Dan Antion says:

    What a stunning old door. I’m so glad it’s been preserved and that it’s story is still being told today. Thanks for the history, Jean.

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    • The place where Cromwell stayed has changed hands quite a few times over the past ten years. When it was a restaurant we ate upstairs by that old narrow window. If I’d known the history at the time it might have given me indigestion, thinking about Cromwell seated by the same window.

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  5. Mel & Suan says:

    Wow. 10,000 cavalry and infantry lodging there!

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  6. joey says:

    I love the white and red door at the end, and of course, the blue ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • The little place has served all kinds of ethnic food over the past few years – Lithuanian, Polish, Spanish, Chinese and the last one was Mexican. I really liked the last one, the cook was Mexican so the food was authentic, I wish she’d stayed open. There must be a curse on the place………. I’m blaming it on Cronwell. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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  7. I like the blue door, but all of them are great. I imagine the Irish were glad to see the last of Cromwell, as were probably many English when he left to go to Ireland. ๐Ÿ™‚


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  8. Norm 2.0 says:

    A nice mix of history an architecture. I like those pointed arches in the last two doors.
    Great post Jean ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. J Walters says:

    Great post, I especially love the contrast between the blue door and the green moss on the doorstep.

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  10. Thank you for the use of the word Gaels; I’ve never been clear on its meaning, but now realize this is exactly what I am by descent on both sides! Love this! Slainte!

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  11. JT Twissel says:

    Amazing the arch has lasted so long!

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  12. jesh stg says:

    That arch does look OLD! Don’t know much about the UK’s history (since I was in a Dutch school when growing up), but from everything you said to the ones who commented, I get the picture about Cromwell!

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    • Hindsight is all relevant, isn’t it Jesh. It depends on whose hind your looking from ๐Ÿ˜‰


      • jesh stg says:

        I agree, Jean! Do you sometimes wonder you will be known in history ? – I hope they’ll be more kind to me than Cromwell! (hey, maybe that’s a plot for writing:) )

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        • It would be lovely to think that my grandchildren might tell their own grandchildren about me. That’s like 5 generations down the line. My mother told me stories about her great-grandmother, who was born in 1846, and I’ve passed them on to my grandchildren. I even have a couple of photographs of her. At least there’ll be lots of pictorial evidence of our generation after we’re gone, thanks to digital photography. ๐Ÿ™‚


  13. Joanne Sisco says:

    I always appreciate a history lesson and it’s rather awe-inspiring to think of the people who have walked through those streets since Cromwell’s time!

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  14. Jay says:

    Beautiful. I love old stone work.

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  15. Those look like archer’s windows above the stone arch gate! Wonderful history and walk down the lane Jean!

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  16. Nancy says:

    Nice Doors! Like the last two the best!

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  17. Enjoyed the history lesson and ancient arch and door and window. Great post!

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  18. matt says:

    how did Cromwell feed all his troops then he probably killed the cattle the irish owned
    then he put them to the sword
    what a sweet heart he was

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