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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

School Visits 

Group Visit  booking form   

Daytime Events

The Locksmiths House will be open 11am to 4pm on the dates below  

Sat 28 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 15 September, Heritage Open Day (Free Event)  See the Hodson family home and demonstrations of our lockmaking  workshop 

Sat 27 October,  Horrible Willenhall Histories, Take part in our spooky  themed trail and family friendly ghost stories in the parlor 

Forge Experience Day - various dates available - Gift Experience £100pp

Event Prices (unless stated otherwise):

Adults: £4 

Children (0-16): Free

Essential Carer*: Free

*Essential Carers: If a disabled visitor requires another person, as their essential carer to support them and enable them to access the museum, then this person is admitted free of charge. Please bring along either their carer's network card or your PIP cover letter as Carer Identification.


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.

 Map to the Locksmith's House

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.

Further Information

See our kitchen range in flame

The Locksmith's House is proudly sponsored by ERA

Discover the  history of ERA works   in Willenhall


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