09 June 2014

Famous front doors



Your front door can be the first thing people notice about your house. It’s the entrance to your world and where you welcome people to your home. Your front door can say a lot about you and when going through somebody else’s front door you’re expectations can be raised or lowered dependant on the size, colour and even the shape of the door.

There are a number of famous front doors known around the world for a number of reasons. Arguably, the most well known door around the world is Number 10 Downing Street. The historic office and home of the British Prime Minister is fronted by the black, shiny, Georgian door and flanked by a dutiful policeman. It is made of bullet-proof metal and has a quality gloss paint coating. It used to be made of solid oak but after the IRA attacks it was updated to the bullet-proof material.

Number 10 downing street front door

Westminster Abbey has the oldest door in Britain. The old door to the right as you go into Chapter house has been dated back to be a thousand years old. The door is made from oak and probably constructed from the woods surrounding London. It was put in place about 1050 when Edward The Confessor built Westminster Abbey next door to his palace at Westminster. Entering this door you know you are going back in time.

Westminster Abbey Door

Also in London you will find the door to 221b Baker Street. This is the home of the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes who was invented by the author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. At the time Baker Street only ran to number 85 but in the 1930’s the road was extended. Almost immediately the famous address started receiving post from Sherlock Holmes fans across the world. The new residents had to appoint someone to look after this post as there was so much! Today at number 237 Baker Street you will find the Sherlock Holmes museum and, after much dispute, was granted the right to change its number to 221b.

William Shakespeares Door

The famous playwright, William Shakespeare was born in 1564 in Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon behind the wooden door of a beautiful 16th Century house, which was typical of the time. The address is now a museum to Shakespeare managed by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. The door is especially famous amongst visitors and tourists as it is fairly low in height and the majority have to bend down to enter the property.

Bag End Front Door

One of the most famous fictional doors is ‘Bag End’ which was home to JRR Tolkiens character Bilbo Baggins in his book The Hobbit. It is an un-numbered Smial or Hobbits Hole in the shire region in middle earth. It is the famous round green door with a large central bronze knob built into the side of a hill and where, in The Hobbit, Gandalf first knocks for Bilbo Baggins.

St Peters Basilicas holy door

Debatably, St Peters Basilica’s holy door in the Vatican in Rome is the most striking door in the world. It is sealed from the inside and is only opened in Holy Years (Jubilee). Also called the Porto Sancta, the Holy year takes place every 25 years, the last one being in 2000. On the first day of a Holy Year the Pope strikes the brick wall with a silver hammer and opens it to the pilgrims. The message imparted by the Holy Door is that God's mercy reaches out to mankind's frailty.

If these famous doors inspire you to update or replace your own front door please contact the professionals at Academy Home Improvements where we can help you obtain your perfect front door.

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