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Calum
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Pintle hinges?

Post by Calum » Sun 17th Jan, 2021 9:26 am

Hi all

After being taken off furlough and returning to work I have been super busy and as such the reconstruction of my widow seat and associated replastering of my front wall has slowed. There was also an imposed hiatus from the other half during the festive season but now that is over I am back to it.

I am still trying to work out a date for our house. Unfortunately it has been messed about with a bit and quite a bit or originality lost in places so it is nice when I find any original features hiding underneath. The window millions have all been changed and I found an old postcard during lockdown which I hadn't seen before which showed how they were originally... whether I ever put them back to original I don't know but I do need to replace the awful cheap clunky PVC units :evil:

Anyway, on to pintle hinges. Were these still being used for external doors in the late 18th century? I believe our house to be 1790s or so. Would this be about right for pintle hinges still being used? Around the front door the stone jambs are exposed to the room and these were plastered over. Now removed, it is clear to see where two hinge pintles were on one jamb, and two iron bits (presumably to receive the latch) on the opposite side (in fact the iron is still in there, bedded in lead as you would expect). Interestingly the latch side is right up against the wall of the adjoining barn, not sure why you would hinge it that way instead of into the room.

I only ask as I thought these were earlier features but maybe not. Originally built as a farmhouse, but only a small one (1 up 1 down) and adjoining identical cottage. The site has been used much earlier so there is the chance of stone being reused during any subsequent reconstruction.

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Re: Pintle hinges?

Post by 88v8 » Sun 17th Jan, 2021 10:56 am

Maybe.... especially with stone walls as they can be affixed direct to the stone and require no intermediate wooden frame.
Our Georgian(?) external door is on pintles.

Regional variations also apply.

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Calum
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Re: Pintle hinges?

Post by Calum » Sun 17th Jan, 2021 3:00 pm

Thanks for the info. I had read a bit on the net by Linda Hall about door furniture etc. That looks like the kind of nerdy book I need!

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Re: Pintle hinges?

Post by Tom-H » Sun 17th Jan, 2021 6:39 pm

I saw them used recently for a rear door in a house built in ~1870 in Lancashire.
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Re: Pintle hinges?

Post by Calum » Sun 17th Jan, 2021 7:31 pm

Thanks Tom, I'm only over the border in W Yorks (born and bred in Lancs!) and that is exactly the style of 'striker' I would think fit the iron stubs still in the jamb. I thought it must be correct for the original fitment. Must have been draughty... it's bad enough now with a door in a casing and a curtain behind!

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