The Tradesman’s entrance
Our side door was originally the Tradesman’s entrance. For people visiting the house not grand enough to use the front door, but not dirty enough to use the back door (night soil man, coal man), there was a Tradesman’s entrance. The door led to a screened hallway which protected the privacy of the family. This had in more recent times been changed into a fire exit, and the tiled hallway carpeted over. It was due for a makeover. All the wires are part of an old telephone switchboard system.
It was not any more attractive on the outside. it looked like a sheet metal door. We did give it a coat of black paint which did improve the look
and on the inside we disguised the door as best we could, changing the space into a glitter ballroom, but we knew the door had to go as we wanted to bring more light into a dark space. We also took the opportunity to take up the old carpet to reveal the black and red tiled floor.
We got a new door made with the original detailing. We wanted the top to be glass so that it let in light to bring the stained glass panel alive
And it does bring the stained glass to life. We won’t be using it as a door, not even for Tradesmen! but it makes a great place to keep all our boots and shoes.