We drive past this door almost every time we are in Cork City and it always catches my eye and cries out to be a Thursday Door. It’s set in a very long stone wall.
The wall eventually leads to a couple of windows but I’m not sure if the door and windows are part of the same property. There are lots of similar stone buildings dotted around the city and many of them are still in use, like Coláiste Daibhéid (David’s College) a post primary school that teaches through the Irish language. It’s in Sawmill Street and adjacent to St. John’s Central College that I featured in last week’s Thursday Doors.
At the top of the Sawmill Street there is a row of lovely old Victorian houses in Newenham Terrace. The gates were closed so I couldn’t get any closer but you can see from the photo they are well preserved in their original state, even retaining their old sash windows. Nice to see a red door in there, too.
Sawmill Street leads onto Infirmary Road, a busy place to try and take photographs but I managed to get a shot of another old building – City General Hospital.
Next to this is the Victoria Hospital, which has a lovely arched entrance and an equally lovely red door.
The Victoria Hospital first opened its doors in a different location in 1874 and was known at the time as The County and City of Cork Hospital for Women and Children. It was moved to its present site in 1885. The name was changed to The Victoria Hospital for Women and Children in 1901 and male patients were first admitted in 1914.
The fact that I featured two hospital buildings in this week’s post might have something to do with my aching joints, having spent a week working on our old house. But it’s beginning to look and feel a bit more habitable now (on the inside, at least), so it’s well worth the effort.
Thank you for joining me on this tour of Sawmill Street/Infirmary Road on this week’s Thursday Doors. There are lots more doors to see over on Norm’s blog, from many different parts of the globe.