From gargoyles to guttering

It’s taken quite a journey to get from Ancient Egyptian gargoyles to guttering, but the earliest forms of guttering can actually be dated to way before then. Archeological findings from the Indus Valley civilization (3000 BC – 1500 BC) show that a system built from bricks and burnt clay was used as a similar water […]

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Britain’s most famous front door

Sherlock Holmes front door

The front door of a house conveys character, as well as the status of the occupants. In the film Notting Hill, the blue door became so well known that the occupants, fed up with returning home to hoards of cameras on their doorstep, were forced to paint it black. There are several other famous front […]

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The history of the front door – part 2

A photo of a stained glass front door window in the art nouveau style

Continuing our history of the front door from the late 18th century onwards, let’s take a look at how we arrived at the entryways we know and love today. Federal & Empire 1780-1850 With the boom of terraced housing dominating this era’s design, the front door was probably the only exterior carved ornamentation. With both […]

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The history of the front door – part 1

A photograph of a rustic Tudor cottage with vines growing up the front of the building. In the centre of the picture there is a faded wooden front door.

In many parts of the world it’s not uncommon to see homes with no windows, but it’s rare to see a home with no front door. As the experts tell us, “the front door is one of the most important parts of your home.”  They have played a dual role in keeping people out and […]

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