A Manual of Hinges and a Musing on Gruffalo


  • Angharad Saunders Independent Researcher / UCEM


Spatial hinge, children's literature, walking, reading


A hinge is a hinge, so I thought, until I began to open and close a few. There are, it turns out, many different types of hinge. The most common is a butt hinge. Look at most doors and this is what you will see: two matching leaves, one on the door and one on the door jamb. This though, is only the start. For there are corner hinges, lift-off hinges, continuous hinges, off-set hinges, strap hinges, concealed hinges (to name but a few) and then there are those designed for the interior, the exterior, for fine furniture, for heavy-duty work and those for everyday use. Irrespective of design, in essence all hinges work in the same way and have the same purpose. They are moveable joints, connecting two objects, and are intended to allow limited rotation between these two objects. In so doing, they connect and they separate; they hold something close and something at a distance. We have to push (or pull) on the door, to work the hinge and reveal the world hidden behind it.   

Author Biography

Angharad Saunders, Independent Researcher / UCEM

Senior Lecturer in Human Geography


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