And to be specific I’m at the front door of St Bartholomew’s, the parish church. It is a door I walk past every time I stroll from home into the city of Winchester.Door of St Barts

I’ve always liked red wooden doors and also old doors through archways so to have the two combined with the flowers in front is irresistible. Goodness knows why it has taken me so long to include it in Norm’s Thursday Doors.

The ‘History of the County of Hampshire describes it as follows; ‘The doorway has a semicircular arch of two orders, with a label ornamented with billet and lozenge; the outer order is moulded and the inner has two lines of zigzag and is for the most part old, inclosing a modern tympanum. The jambs have a pair of engaged shafts on each side with richly carved capitals, all entirely modern copies. The old work dates from c. 1120, and doubtless comes from Hyde Abbey.‘ As is believed did the stoup in the porch which was found in 1879 and placed here by Lewis Humbert the then vicar of St Bartholomew’s.  Saint Bartholomew's

References: ‘Winchester: Churches’, in A History of the County of Hampshire: Volume 5, ed. William Page (London, 1912), pp. 69-76. British History Online [accessed 14 July 2016].

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