Thursday Doors – Enniskillen 1

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I found some of this week’s Thursday Doors on an old photograph taken in Enniskillen, county Fermanagh, a medium sized town with a population of around 14,000. The image shows us what the premises on Church Street looked like in the past.

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It really makes a difference when old photographs decorate shutters and walls, adding lots of character to what would have been a blank space.

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Because there is no longer a name over the door, I reckon the business has either relocated or closed down but to me the premises doesn’t have an empty, vacant appearance, due to its interesting shutters.

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These are closer shots of the tower you can see at the end of the street in the old image. It is part of the town hall, which was erected in 1900 and houses the registry office. What a lovely building to hold a wedding ceremony in.

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From as early as 1618 a building has been on this spot, originally a market house. The present structure, the town hall, is in the Renaissance style and was designed by architect William Scott of Drogheda in 1900. The cornices, columns and figures are made from Dungannon cream coloured sandstone, which makes them stand out against the Carrickreagh dark limestone on the rest of the building. The tower is 6 stories high, topped with a copper dome, and the two figures represent the two regiments raised by the town in 1688 – the Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards and the Fusiliers.

Enniskillen has an interesting history and I managed to capture some of it in my hunt for Thursday Doors, which I’ll be featuring on this blog over the next few weeks. In the meantime, if you’d like to find out what was written about the town in the past, here’s a link to what was recorded in A Topographical History of Ireland 1837 Enniskillen History and Culture.

As always, thanks for stopping by and if you’d like to view a collection of international Thursday Doors, have a look at what’s on offer over on the ‘blue frog’ link on Norm’s Blog.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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18 Responses to Thursday Doors – Enniskillen 1

  1. Dan Antion says:

    I love those shutters! That’s such a good idea. I also really like that tower. I wish our house had a tower.

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  2. dimlamp says:

    That is an interesting effect on those first two photos. I also like your last photo of the door, a lot of skilled handiwork obviously went into it.

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  3. Norm 2.0 says:

    Yes, nice shutters! Your first shot had me puzzled for a second. At first I thought it was a reflection, until I realized it was in black and white πŸ˜€

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  4. Junieper/Jesh stG says:

    Love the character of the city hall tower! Just yesterday we watched a program people looking for houses internationally – it was Ireland – the green hills there look stunning!
    Sorry, I haven’t even gotten to your comment from last week, started painting for an audience regularly like I did in the past, but the travel is 2 hours (one way), so it’s a lot more tiring, and my blog is getting way behind! Oh, and I did notice that one of your comments (I believe the first one I saw at your blog, but not on mine – it must be my blog that has issues!)

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  5. Ally Bean says:

    The carving on the last door calls to me. Think of the time and skill it took to do that! Amazing.

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  7. JT Twissel says:

    A very distinguished looking tower!

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  8. A lot of character for sure. I really like the clocktowers.

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  9. Joanne Sisco says:

    A clock tower will always get 2-thumbs up from me, but add in a domed top and those tiny little decorative ‘turrets’ around the dome, and it wins hands down!!

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