The door pull on the Old Rectory beside the Church, is in the shape of a lions head. The Lion of St Mark is a motif found in Venice representing its patron Saint the evangelist St Mark. It is believed St Marks remains were moved to Venice from Alexandria in 828 AD. Not only can the Lion be found at St Mark's Cathedral, Venice, but also elevated in St Marks Square. The Lion can be found on everything from doorbells to taps.
St Mark's Lion is a very cleaver lion as it is often depicted with its paw on a copy of the bible (Don' t know where his maw is!). The winged lion of St Mark often bears the inscription Pax Tibi Marce Evnagelista Mevs (peace be upon you oh Mark my evangelist). The door pull may have been placed by Lewis grandfather the first rector of St Marks The Reverend Hamilton who had a lived in Italy when Lewis's mother was young. Aslan would appear to be based on the St MArks lion. Not only is he a pretty good evangelist, but he is also able to fly like the winged lion of St Mark.
The door pull provides a very concrete link to the Venetian St Marks Lion.