Topic: General Chatter
I've lived just a stones throw away from the Willenhall Lock Museum all of my life and been working as a locksmith in Wolverhampton for ten years, however until last weekend had never made time to visit this historical building.
It's only recently reopened again as part of the Black County Living Museum and opens it's doors the 2nd Saturday of each month with informative talks and live lock making activities using period tools.
There is a healthy collection of antique locks and keys for those interested including some super rare examples made especially for the Great Exhibition when lock makers would showcase their best works.
My favourite items were novelty giant pieces; A huge dreadnought padlock and matching giant nightlatch made by Union. The Albert Lock by Carpenter and Tildesley is also an impressive piece featuring a complex bridge warding, levers and a bramah mechanism in a large polished lockcase.
If anyone interested in locks is in the area during opening times I would strongly suggest paying a visit. Here are a few pictures: