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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1160s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wrought iron

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ironwork, Room 114e, case north wall east end

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)

Pl.6, p.63
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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