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Wrought iron has always been in use for more than thousand years. In fact, the "iron" that is referred to in history is actually the wrought iron. Iron is actually the second most abundant metal and extracting iron is not a very difficult task.
Very long ago, around in 4000 B.C., it was the Egyptians and the Sumerians who first started using iron for different commercial purposes. They started using the iron that was recovered from the meteorites for making ornaments and weapons like tips of the spears and daggers.
In fact, the Iron Age, in history, is known for its predominant use of iron in making different tools and weapons. Bronze was soon replaced by the widespread use of wrought iron which was harder, less brittle, and available abundantly and also cheap.
However, it was not before the Medieval Period that iron started being used for more decorative purposes other than only weapons and tools. Wrought iron gates were now also used for protecting doors and windows of the valuable places from different outside attacks.
The Canterbury Cathedral, the Winchester Cathedral and even the Notre Dame de Paris used fences and gates made of wrought iron that is considered as visual delight even today. It was in the 16th century in the Baroque and Rococo periods that iron work became more ornate.