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