Thursday Doors – The Church of St Mary The Virgin


As you walk around this world, gazing toward stunning and sometimes unusual buildings, are your eyes drawn to doors?  Personally mine are, admiring their various shapes, colours and designs, but I mainly think about the people who have wandered through them in the past.  There are many types of doors.  Do they make you inquisitive enough to ask yourself, what is behind them? Will you open and go through if you can, or just peek through the key hole?

Thursday Doors is a weekly photography challenge for door lovers run by Norm at his blog Norm 2.0.  I thought I would join in, you can too, visit Norm 2.0 here for more information.

IMG_3502My Contribution to Thursday Doors this week is from ‘The Church of St Mary the Virgin’.  

We came across this beautiful little church as myself and Jon were enjoying the grounds of Studley Royal Estate last summer.  As we were wandering the countryside, this gorgeous church seemed to pop out at us, with of course its stunning doors.







After staring at the ornate doors above, we came across this very small and slim one, below, tucked around the back of the building.  A strange shape and size, I’d love to know who this door was for.  I couldn’t find any reference to it in the information on the website, but I’m guessing it was for the clergy.


I hope you enjoyed my contribution to Thursday Doors

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36 thoughts on “Thursday Doors – The Church of St Mary The Virgin

    1. Yes Darlene, I agree, doors are very interesting and this little church is gorgeous, with such beautiful doors. Thank you for visiting x

  1. I’ve been know to bend my body in various ways to get a peek. Then it’s great having a tall husband who will somtimes do the peeking for me. A unique building, Sam.

    1. Haha yes me too! Jon usually ends up doing the peeking for me too 🙂 A beautiful little church in gorgeous grounds, it was a nice surprise to come across it 🙂

    1. Yes thank you, I love these too. We certainly don’t make things nowadays, the way they used to 🙂

  2. What a beautiful door Sam. You’ve stirred up memories for me of the doors I saw in tiny villages and beautiful churches when I walked across Spain. I did wonder about the story behind those doors.

    1. Thank you for visiting Jennifer. Oh I’m sure you saw amazing buildings and doors in Spain, there’s such a lot of incredible history there. I too do think about all the story’s behind doors 🙂

  3. Thanks for this post. I’m a bit of a door freak so when I travel I take photos of doors – I have several thousand in my collection but I don’t look into their history – for me it’s a case of snap and run.

    1. Hi there, thank you for visiting. It depends what doors I’m clicking at, if it’s someones front door then I’d be clicking and running too, but in this case, the church is beautiful and these doors, well, there is so much to look at. I do tend to stare at doors like this, because there’s obviously so much history, I look at the indents, scratches and worn areas. They’re so interesting. I do love history though! 🙂

    1. Thank you Donna, I agree, the craftsmanship on the doors are amazing. Hope you are well x

    1. We didn’t go inside, it was closed at the time, but I’d love to go back at a time when it may be open. Do you think the small door would have been used by the clergy, April? I was as interested with the little door as I was the large ornate ones 🙂

      1. It might have been used by the clergy or by a special group of parishioners. I think I’ve seen a small door that was used by the inhabitants of almshouses next to the church. I’ve got the guide book, so I’ll try to remember to look it up later. Who it was for rather depends on which part of the church it led to.

        1. Oh I knew you’d be the best person to ask 😊 I wish I could have gone through that little unusual door!

          1. Oh this is great! A plan of the church, how interesting. From memory, our little mystery door was just to the right of the main front doors, so it looks like it would be the little staircase leading to the belfry. Thank you April for this 🙂

          2. I never knew you could even get access to things like that! 🙂

          3. English Heritage have quite a few. I’ve discovered some interesting things on their website. If there’s a guidebook for a site, the information on the website tends to be a bit patchy, but if there isn’t, there’s often something about the history of the place and a map.

  4. Church doors are so interesting aren’t they? All of that history and the people that must have walked through them over the years? Fascinating and usually pretty impressive.

    1. Yes, I agree. I’m not personally religious at all, but am fascinated with churches because of the history and churches, abbey’s etc are incredible buildings. Thanks for visiting, hope you’re well

  5. A very impressive first entry for #ThursdayDoors Sam: Bravo!
    The two most ornate doors are simply stunning and the church itself is both simple and elegant in its design. It must have been a wonderful place to visit.
    Thank you for sharing these 🙂

    1. Thank you! So happy you liked my entry 😊 The church was is beautiful, it was a pleasure to stumble upon it.

  6. I love the shot through the keyhole, Sam. If only those church doors could talk. They’d have so many stories to share.
    I don’t know why, but I’ve always found churches quite creepy places. Nonetheless, many are beautiful to look at and have amazing history and doors.

    1. Thank you Hugh, I know what you mean about some churches being a little creepy, maybe it’s the whole feeling of their history and age? They’re usually very cold places too so that doesn’t help 🙂 I find churches quite intriguing places.

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