A Gazetteer of Lock and Key Makers
this gazetteer is copyright Jim Evans, 2002
AARON ADEY, 80 GOMER STREET, WEST WILLENHALL
Established in 1890 as manufacturer of rim, dead, combination, gate locks and night latches. In the 1930s was run by Aaron Adey who was later joined by his sons Ron and Cyril. (Fred Birch 31/3/2000). Still in existence in 1953, but not in 1970. Nothing else known.
ANGLO AMERICAN LOCK COMPANY, CHEAPSIDE, WILLENHALL.
Charles Nott died in 1940 and the company was taken over by his sister, Miriam Nott. She continued with the business until the mid 1950s when they ceased trading. They were not listed in a trade directory for 1953. The goodwill of the company was passed to A & E Morgan (q.v.)
The three story building in Cheapside, Willenhall, was then used by various companies until it was converted into flats in the 1980s.
.(Ref. LMNL No 43 [Lock Museum News Letter]) (Locks and Keys No 9)
GEORGE ANSLOW, 123-130 NEWHALL STREET, WILLENHALL (1885-1991)
The firm was established in 1885 by George Anslow who lived at 130A Newhall Street, Willenhall. He built a factory next door and specialised in the manufacture of rim and dead locks. He patented a mechanism for operating the latch bolt, 6 June 1888 No. 8245.
The business was continued throughout the 1970s and 80s by Bill's sons, Garth (died 1998) and Michael, who eventually sold out to ABT-Gibbons, who were by that time members of the Frederick Cooper Group, in August 1991; and most of the Newhall range of locks was then discontinued. By 1996 all of the Newhall range had been discontinued.
ASH AND ROGERS, ASHTREE WORKS, BENTLEY LANE, WALSALL.
In 1936 they were at Ashtree Works, Pargetter Street, Walsall. They moved to new works in Bentley Lane and were eventually taken over by a furniture manufacturer who was their largest customer.
The name eventually disappeared, although some of the production could have been carried out by a new company Ashtree (Locks and Hardware) & Co., Birchills Trading Estate, Walsall who were owned by J R Goodman (Bloxwich) Ltd in 1973.
ASSOCIATED BRASSFOUNDERS (BIRMINGHAM) LTD., BIRMINGHAM
Manufacturers of the EXCEL cylinder lock. In 1937 a report to the CLMA stated that Warshaw & Sons were understood to be interested in the company and that Belgian capital was involved. They placed an order for cases with W P Edmonds, while intending to make their own cylinders.
They made the Excel lock in which the case, staple cylinder and other parts were all die-castings. In 1938 they applied to join the CLMA.
By 1953 they had moved to new premises at Willesden Works, Old Oak, London when they were also making a brass cabinet lock. They were still in existence in 1959.
SAMUEL ASTON, 21 ST JOHN'S STREET, WOLVERHAMPTON
ATLAS MANUFACTURING CO., ST ANNíS ROAD, WILLENHALL
In 1953 listed as manufactures of rim, mortice and latches. At one time could have manufactured cylinder night latches under the brand name ALTUS and APEX? (Or was this G.Spencer?). Later went into the manufacture of cabs for trucks etc. Not in existence in 1914 but still going in 1936 and 1970.