The below is less than a 50 yards away from our house, but I'd never noticed it before yesterday.
Boot scrapers in town are a reminder of when the roads were no more than muddy tracks. To remove all that mud from your shoes before entering the house was essential.
We had a bed delivered yesterday, and the two men who kindly took it upstairs for me both removed their shoes. Our brand new stair carpet joined me in saying 'thank you'.
Boot scrapers are a thing of the past. Not so long ago almost all homes had one outside the front door; either free standing, or fixed like the one above. At my people's Shropshire home there was a fine Victorian example, that I used regularly.
With my Dog-walking park becoming muddier by the day, I rather wish I had one here!
I wonder if the owner of the one above ever actually uses it?
Addendum: I've just remembered that we have this integrated boot scraper (below) at the other house.