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