Stillingfleet St Helens

Stillingfleet St Helens

Stillingfleet St Helens Church is famous for the ironwork on the main door, which dates from the tenth century. In 2002 it was decided to shift the old door inside the church to protect it so there was a need for a new oak door. Working with the architect, we designed new hinges and door furniture in puddled wrought iron to a new design based upon some elements of the old ironwork. The new door was hinged on the opposite side so that the old door can still be displayed in its original position in the doorway. The finish applied in 2002 was black bitumen applied to the hot iron. By 2017 the exposed surfaces had weathered back to a stable oxide, which, alongside the weathering of the oak door, produce a result similar to that of the natural processes at work on the original door.