Solo knobs

Knobs are usually found on their own, so there are a lot of solo knobs here, along with a couple of matching knob and knocker sets

We’ll start with this chunky brass lion, sent to me by my friend Leonie who spotted him in Ely, Cambridgeshire. Eagle-eyed knob-lovers might spot that he is similar but not identical to one of the pairs shared in the last post

one of the London pair

This is a lovely shape, from Diss, Norfolk

A subtle pattern on this one from Southwold, Suffolk


I love the intricacies of this one, found in London

I would say that this rather impressive knob in Leicester was more Arts and Crafts in style than Art Nouveau

Leicester is full of knobs, here’s another example

The door handle on the former grammar school in Daventry, Northamptonshire

How about a matching set?

These were from Kilsby, Northamptonshire

These were from Diss, Norfolk

And this set from Brinklow, Warwickshire

Nice pair

So far we’ve had a fair number of knockers but not so many knobs. To remedy this I am going to have a couple of posts with some knobs, this one has pairs and the next will be single knobs.

Both of these pairs of knobs were found on the same street in London.

From Leicester, possibly a former bank

Sometimes it is hard to know if they are knobs, knockers or handles!

On a visit to Wells, Somerset this summer I saw a couple of knockers on adjacent properties. The house are very close to the cathedral and the identical knockers have been given very different treatments. I am not sure which I prefer, both are appealing.

Part of a terrace of 5 or 6 fairly substantial but slightly different houses (possibly Georgian) only the last two have these knockers. The others are dull and generic in comparison. Did all the houses have them once, I wonder? Were the occupants connected to the cathedral, or maybe the builder just bought a job lot, I will never know.

These are a fine pair from Woodstock, Oxon

This very ornate pair were in the vicinity of the Guildhall, London

And finally if you are a fan of The Labyrinth my friend Mark alerted me to these. If you are feeling rich you can buy them from the link below but sadly I don’t think they will talk like the originals.

The lion share

Particularly popular in the Georgian and Victorian eras the lion head door knocker can be found all over the UK, from 10 Downing Street to the smallest flat. The lion’s head symbolises strength and courage, maybe the person using it might gain some from lifting the ring?

Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

This fine example has the ring around the head rather than held in the mouth

Weedon Bec, Northamptonshire

This appears to be a modern example of almost the same design


Not quite as fancy but still imposing

St Andrews, Scotland

Towcester, Northamptonshire

Sometimes you aren’t sure if he’s a lion or a bit devilish, see how they have made his ears fit

Bridport, Dorset

Here’s another one with a certain look to him

Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

There are so many different types of lion


This is more like a dog with his laurel wreath rather than a ring

Bridport, Dorset

Bridport, Dorset

This was on a fairly humble home


Whereas this was on a side door at Lamport Hall

Daventry, Northamptonshire

This is a very modern lion about town

Weedon Bec, Northamptonshire

Whereas these chaps have seen better days

Inverness, Scotland

See how the door has been altered to accommodate his mane

The lion is popular in other places too, I found these fine fellows when I was in Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena, Colombia

The shell is something I haven’t seen elsewhere

Kraków, Poland

Finally we have a fine lion knob to end with