The Locksmith's House
The Locksmith's House celebrates the efforts of the small family run lock making businesses which thrived over a century ago. Working from the back yards of their own houses, hundreds of small family businesses evolved.
A visit to the Locksmith's House will demonstrate how such a business operated alongside family life.
The house is recreated with the actual belongings and furniture of the Hodson family of lock makers, the last inhabitants of 54 New Road, Willenhall. The working class family home is accompanied in the back yard by a two-storey workshop building. A working forge and machinery adds to the atmosphere. Our lock display gallery offers an insight into some extraordinary locks from across the ages.
Our costumed guides will be happy to escort you around the property, and hands-on activities such as making a rag rug or toasting on the kitchen range can be arranged for your group.
At the moment the Locksmith’s House is only open to the public on open days, for special events and for pre-arranged group visits.
Group and School Visits
Group and School visits can be made by appointment and must be pre-booked
Group Visit booking form (PDF 744kB)
The Locksmiths House will be open 11am to 4pm on the dates below
Sat 15 April , Spring at the Locksmiths House, See how the Edwardian Hodson family kept the house clean with hands-on washing demonstrations traditional cleaning tips and a family friendly trail.
Sat 29 July, 1940s Day , Join us for for this special event as we look back to the 40s and see what life was like for Willenhall's Hodson family during the Second World War.
Sat 9 September, Heritage Open Day (Free Event) See the Hodson family home and demonstrations of our lockmaking workshop
Sat 28 October, Horrible Willenhall Histories , Take part in our spooky themed trail and family friendly ghost stories in the parlor
Sat 16 Dec, Festive Fun Day , See the House decorated with traditional greenery and join in with a Christmas craft activity
Daytime Event Prices:
Children (0-16): Free
Halloween Evening (27 Oct 7-9.30pm). Tickets will go on sale on Fri 1 Sep 2017
Christmas with the Edwardians (7-9 Dec, 7.00pm – 9.30pm). An evening of traditional Christmas activities and entertainment including carol singing by the open fire place, mince pies, mulled wine and hot roast chestnuts. Tickets will go on sale on Fri 1 Sep 2017
Christmas craft day (Wed 6 Dec). Join in with our traditional Christmas Crafts day. Tickets will go on sale on Fri 1 Sep 2017
Find out more about our events at Black Country Living Museum
BY ROAD: The Locksmith's House is located in Willenhall, near Walsall in the West Midlands, under 3 miles from Junction 10 of the M6. It is found on the B4464 in Willenhall, on New Road (off Somerford Place). Sat Nav. WV13 2DA
USING PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Bus services run from Walsall and around the Black Country.There is a bus stop right outside the Museum. Please contact your local bus station for up to date details.
The nearest train station is Walsall, about 5 miles from the Museum.
The nearest metro station is Bilston, about 3 miles from the Locksmith's House.
PARKING: A short stay (2 hours) parking can be found in the nearby public car park on Wolverhampton Street 3 minutes walk from the Museum. Come out of the Wolverhampton Street car park and turn right, then go left into Peel Street, then turn right into New Road – the Museum is about 50 yards down on the right.
Group & School visits to The Locksmith's House must be pre-booked.
Contact Bookings, The Locksmith's House,
c/o The Black Country Living Museum
Tipton Road, Dudley DY1 4SQ
tel: 0121 520 8054
Access is available to the ground floor of the Museum, including the costume display, parlour, kitchen, brew’us and workshops. Unfortunately, due to the historic nature of the building, the upper storey of the house and workshop can only be accessed via steep steps.
Our staff will help you to get the most from your visit so please ask them if you have any special requirements or need additional support.
Download our full accessibility guide.
See our kitchen range in flame
The Locksmith's House is proudly sponsored by ERA
Discover the history of ERA works in Willenhall