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The Locksmith's House

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Kindly supported by ERA and part of The Black Country Living Museum, The Locksmith's House in Willenhall 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 demonstrates how such a business operated alongside family life and our lock display gallery offers an insight into some extraordinary locks from across the ages.

The Hodson Family backyard workshops

The building was home to the Hodson family of lockmakers from around 1904 to 1983. The family home and their backyard workshops are typical of the kind of small, family run lock making business which once thrived in Willenhall. 

Open for pre-booked Group, School visits or special events only. To book, please contact The Locksmith's House Bookings c/o The Black Country Living Museum:

Tel - 0121 520 8054

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Website - The Lockmsith House


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


Forthcoming Pre Book events:

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 1 Dec). Traditional Christmas Crafts day. Tickets will go on sale on Thurs 1 Sep 2016

Find out more about our events programme by visiting