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

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


Call the marines

Fish door knocker in Lavenham, Suffolk

Here’s a lovely selection of marine-themed door knockers. There are some repeat designs and some that must surely be unique

Fish door knocker in Lavenham, Suffolk

These two are the same design and by coincidence both are not in seaside locations

Fish door knocker in Woodstock, Oxfordshire

Fish door knocker in Woodstock, Oxfordshire

A chunky trident-tailed example

Crab door knocker in Cromer, Norfolk

A crab, adorning a door in a seaside town famous for crab

Fish door knocker in Lindisfarne, Northumberland

Rather stylised fish on this island door

Fish door knocker in Portsoy, Scotland

Spyglass knocker in Southwold, Suffolk

Which came first, the spyglass knocker or the name of the house(also spyglass, if you hadn’t guessed)?

Mermaid door knocker in Southwold, Suffolk

On the door next to the Nelson pub

It looks like this could be a double knock, tail the head. Of course I couldn’t have tried it out people think I am strange enough taking photos, imagine if I started knocking them as well

Fish door knocker in Southwold, Suffolk

A bit blurry, sorry. The pavement was very narrow and there were many tourists

Ship’s wheel door knocker in Southwold, Suffolk

Maybe the captain lives here?

Anchor door knocker in Southwold, Suffolk

their safe port

Ship in sail door knocker in Brinklow, Warwickshire

another landlocked example.