The Locksmith's House

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

Venue Type:

Historic house or home

Opening hours

We are open to pre-booked parties only. We can offer a Victorian Day for KS1 and KS2 school groups or an adult group visit.

Admission charges

Adults: £5.00
Children: £5.00

Minimum booking fee per group: £75.00

Please give a minimum of 2 weeks' advance notice when booking.

A comprehensive collection of locks and keys portraying 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 Lock Museum reserve collections are held at The Black Country Living Museum and can be viewed by prior arrangement.

Collection details

Archives, Industry, Science and Technology, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • locks and keys, tools and machinery for lock making, domestic items from Victorian era.

The Locksmith's House
54 New Road
West Midlands County
WV13 2DA



Black Country Living Museum enquiries


General Enquiries (Black Country Living Museum Reception)

0121 557 9643

Booking Office (BCLM) for School/Group bookings

0121 520 8054


Black Country Living Museum

0121 557 4242

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