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)
Sat 2 April, Spring at the Locksmith's House, Join us for tours of the house and find out all about the Hodson family
Sat 30 July, 1940s Day , See what life was like for the Hodson family during the Second World War.
Sat 20 Aug, 10 am - 3pm, Willenhall is Wonderful, Join us for tours of the house and find out all about the Hodson family
Sat 29 Oct, Horrible Willenhall Histories, Spooky themed trail and family friendly ghost stories in the parlour
Sat 3 Dec, Festive Fun day , See the house decorated with traditional greenery and join in with a Christmas craft activity,
The Locksmiths House will be open 11am to 4pm on the above dates
Daytime Event Prices:
Children (0-16): Free
Christmas with the Edwardians (8-10 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 Thurs 1 Sep 2016
Fancy Evergreens (Thu 26 Nov). Traditional Christmas Crafts day. Tickets will go on sale on Thurs 1 Sep 2016
Find out more about our events programme by visiting bclm.com
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.
Click here for full accessibility guide.
You can download a history of the Locksmith's House, and the latest newsletter here (PDF 860kB)
See our kitchen range in flame
The Locksmith's House is proudly sponsored by ERA
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