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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1160s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wrought iron

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This curling wrought iron strapwork came from the Slype Door of St Alban's Abbey. The straight part in the centre would have connected to a hinge, while the curling tendrils would have extended horizontally across the vertical wooden planks of the door to help keep the door together and strengthen it, while also decorating it in a very flamboyant way.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1160s (made)



Materials and Techniques

Wrought iron


Height: 81 cm, Width: 46 cm, Depth: 5 cm

Object history note

From the slype door of St Alban's Abbey erected by Abbot Robert de Gorham (1151-68)

Descriptive line

Strapwork, part of a hinge, wrought iron, made in England for St Albans Abbey, 1160s

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Gardner, John Starkie. Ironwork. Part 1: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Medieval Period. London, 1892.
Ayrton, Maxwell and Arnold Silcock. Wrought iron and its decorative use. London : Country Life, ltd ; New York, C. Scribner's sons, 1929. 4 pl., 196 p., ill.
Hollister-Short, G. J. Precursors of the Thirteenth-century great hinge. Connoisseur. Feb. 1970. pp.108-12, pl.2-3.

Labels and date

Wrought iron (mounted on a modern door)
England (St Albans Abbey); late 12th or 13th century

The original was from the slype door in the Abbey. [07/1994]


Wrought iron


Forging (metal forming)

Subjects depicted

Scrolls (motifs)


Metalwork; Ironwork


Metalwork Collection

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