WordPress weekly photo challenge, Dialogue

August 29, 2014

The building is in the middle of Oxford, in the centre of the tourist trade.

It hosts a trendy coffee shop named Pret a Manger

It’s always crammed full of students, shoppers, tourists, children… everyone touches the walls, walks the floors, chats, laughs, drinks their tea.

The building was built in 1387.

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Museum, or coffee shop? Precious heritage to be preserved or throw your serviette on the floor, spill your coffee walking up the wonky stairs?

Hmm…what do you think? Has Oxford town council made the right decision?

Opening up a dialogue with the WordPress bunch. 😀

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18 Comments

  • Reply sustainabilitea August 29, 2014 at 8:08 am

    It appears they preserved the building and I love having my tea in a place that’s a beautiful space, old or new.

    janet

    • Reply Veronica August 29, 2014 at 9:57 am

      Great point Janet. 😀 I think it’s a very special, and it’s lovely to be there.

  • Reply Wandering Iris August 29, 2014 at 9:12 am

    The building was not built to be a museum. I think it’s a brilliant idea! If walls could talk I think they would agree.

    • Reply Veronica August 29, 2014 at 9:55 am

      That’s a great point Iris. 😀

  • Reply Victoria C. Slotto August 29, 2014 at 9:39 am

    I’d love to be there.

    • Reply Veronica August 29, 2014 at 9:55 am

      You would! I love to be there as much as I can too. 😀

  • Reply Soul n Spirit August 29, 2014 at 9:50 am

    An interesting take on the prompt. Coffee shop looks like a correct one.

    • Reply Veronica August 29, 2014 at 9:54 am

      Thank you. 😀 It’s a brilliant coffee shop.

  • Reply Patty/NS August 29, 2014 at 10:54 am

    I say they did. Use it and enjoy it. It brings the beauty of an old structure to a common use, guaranteeing it will be maintained and remain standing (hopefully).

    • Reply Veronica August 29, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      You’re so right Patty. There has been substantial upkeep with the replacement of old beams and solidifying on the stones, but it’s been done sympathetically to the old architecture, and that’s the important thing, isn’t it? 😀

  • Reply Ida P. Krause August 29, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Personally as long as people enjoy it for whatever it’s used for that’s the way to go. It looks like a really historic building and thoroughly enjoyed by the patrons.

    • Reply Veronica August 29, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      So true Ida. 😀 I think it makes the coffee shop even more successful being in that building.

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  • Reply mommyinbonlee August 29, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    I am sure that the people who worked so hard to build it would love to see it being used and enjoyed by people now. That’s a true testament to their workmanship!

    • Reply Veronica August 29, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      You know, that’s a wonderful way of looking at it. Creativity and workmanship at its best. 😀

  • Reply daryledelstein August 30, 2014 at 6:36 am

    we have lots of Pret-A-Manger take away/eat ins here in nyc … not sure i would want an historic building turned into a food shop …

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  • Reply pix & kardz September 1, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    yes to both! 🙂 what a lovely old place. thanks for sharing.

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