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I believe that the most important feature of your house is not the post code (or how much you paid for it compared to its worth now) or indeed the length of your drive; because once a visitor has driven up your mile long drive the first thing they see is your front door. So I move that the Front Door is the most important feature of your house.
After all it is the item that all visitors (unless trade) stare at
for a few seconds, if the Butler is quick or a few minutes if you happen to be
elsewhere or otherwise occupied. So peeling paint, split panels and
unpolished door knockers not only let drafts in, they also let the side down.
Apart from style, front doors offer protection from the
harshest winds and heavy rain or snow and security for your children, chattels
and cattle, protecting them from invading hordes of Vikings not unlike today's’
drugged up louts.
Just how long have humans used front doors? Well, probably
as soon as they built permanent dwellings. Before that, and even today,
migratory peoples would have used animal skins. One of the oldest doors found
has been dated to around 3000 BC which is the time that Stonehenge was being
built. 5000 years old, this
ancient poplar wood door is "solid and elegant" with well-preserved
hinges and a "remarkable" design for holding the boards together
according to the archaeologist who unearthed it. Slightly older doors
have been found made from single wide planks
We make solid doors the old fashioned way. Thick oak planks,
tongue and grooved with ledges and braces to the inside. Heavy, solid and last
a life time or two. But we hesitate at offering a 5000 year guarantee.