One thing that I always find a little bizarre/interesting about England is that most people don’t have front door knobs. “What?” you say. “How do they get in their homes?” Well, from my intense investigative research, I can tell you – they use a key.
Yes, it’s true. I can only speak from my experience, but on the front doors in much of England (again from my point of view) people put their key into the latch and open up with the key. There might be a knob that you push but it’s more for decoration. I think you just give a good push with your shoulder.
So the no door knob thing might go a long way to explain why the doorways are so lovely. Perhaps. And also it might have something to do with that gorgeous Georgian symmetry and the iron work above.