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  • Place of origin:

    England, Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    late 12th century to 13th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    unknown (production)

  • 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, Great Britain (made)


late 12th century to 13th century (made)


unknown (production)

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

Descriptive line

Strapwork, wrought iron, made in England for St Albans Abbey, late 12th century

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

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

Collection code


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