Order | About Doors and Gates
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The traditional name for the vertical member or stile that carries
the latch. Other names are slimming stile, clapping stile, and
Harr stile (hanging
O1d English term for the stile that carries the hinges, meaning
nearest the hinge post. The her carries the whole weight of the
gate in its swing. A trussed harr that has an integral hewn braker
ledge to support the top rail. This feature not only greatly enhances
the appearance of the gate but also substantially increases its
Another name for the long sprung steel latch used on some farm
gates. The latch gets its name from the fact that it can be easily
operated from horseback. The hunting latch comes as a set of four
components: a sprung steel arm, a bolt, a staple, and a catch.
The bolt is used to fix the latch in position on the slam stile,
the staple is screwed or bolted into the stile so that it contains
and supports the latch-so that the latch doesn't get pushed out
of place-and the catch is driven into the gatepost.
Hook and thimble
In England, the hook and thimble are the parts that make up the
forged iron hinge of a traditional farm gate. The hook is the
part that you drive or bolt into the gatepost, and the thimble
is the part that is bolted and clinched to the hinge or harr stile.
With a traditional farm gate, the bottom hook and thimble are
either longer than the top ones or set to one side of the top
ones, so that when the gate is hung it will remain in the fully
closed or fully opened position. The idea
is that if you let go of the gate, it will automatically swing
open or closed, depending on where it is in the swing.