Always at the heart. Willenhall has been famous for lockmaking since the 16th century.
Rich in coal and iron, Willenhall has long been famous for its network of backyard workshops or ‘brew houses’ where entire families were employed to craft locks. At its peak in the mid-18th century most households were rooted within the towns lock making heritage.
The industrial revolution established Willenhall as the UK’s lock making capital, but the increase in demand saw many family run firms close in place of larger factories. This step change prompted a divide between quality and quantity, with the remaining workshops focusing on premium, hand-crafted locks.
Despite the shift in employment, the time-honoured techniques of lock making were passed down through generations of master craftsmen, and can still be seen at the hands of the region’s lock makers today.
By 1860 around 90% of locks produced in England came from Willenhall.
Now home to some of the biggest names in lock making, Willenhall’s community of locksmiths uphold the traditions of their trade – proud of their forefather’s achievements and eager to pass on their knowledge to future generations.
The Quality Lock Company has long been at the centre of this industry, selecting the finest craftsmen from the local area to carry forth the tradition of hand-crafting premium quality rim locks, for the most discerning of customers.
Combining all the true hallmarks of British industry, our craftsmen execute the highest standards in manufacturing excellence and use only the very best materials, to produce locks of outstanding quality. The finest locks available within the UK, right from the heart of Willenhall.