Attraction in Willenhall

Locksmith's House (The)
54 New Road
West Midlands

WV13 2DA
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The Locksmith’s House shows the lifestyle and working conditions of the Hodson lockmaking family of Willenhall at the turn of the century. The Victorian house and lockmaking workshops are typical of the many small businesses which once flourished in the town which has been the heart of lockmaking since the Industrial Revolution - the Hodson family business was established in 1792.

A comprehensive collection of locks and keys portray the history of locks and the long tradition of lockmaking in Willenhall. The two-storey backyard workshop, with belt driven machinery, is where Edgar Hodson made padlocks in the traditional way. The gas-lit interiors of the house depict how the Hodson family lived, with parlour, kitchen, office and bedroom displays.

The Locksmith's House is part of The Black Country Living Museum, based in Tipton Road, Dudley, West Midlands.


Tourist Info Number: only open to pre booked groups
Months Open: only open to pre booked groups
Groups/Parties Welcome: Yes - +44 (0)1902 634542
Car Parking: Yes

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