A Gazetteer of Lock and Key Makers
this gazetteer is copyright Jim Evans, 2002
CHARLES STARKEY AND SONS, 15 UPPER LICHFIELD STREET, WILLENHALL
H & J STARKEY AND CO, ROTARY WORKS, TEMPLE BAR, WILLENHALL
Pad lock manufacturers. Existing in 1921 and 1953, but not 1914 or 1970. Nothing else known.
STREBOR (LOCKS) LTD, WOLSLEY STREET, RADCLIFFE, LANCS
Cylinder locks and locking devices for the motor trade. Basically a die casting company who used their technique to make locks for the motor trade under the STREBOR and STRONIS trade names. Existing in 1970.
WALTER SUMMERFIELD, UNION STREET, WILLENHALL
THOMAS SUTTON & SONS, ABLOW STREET, WOLVERHAMPTON
BENNET TARBUCK, 118 BLOXWICH ROAD, WILLENHALL
Cupboard, chest, till, press and padlock makers. In 1881 there was a Bennet Tarbuck, aged 43, living at 28 Little London, who was a cabinet lock maker. He had a son, also Bennet, who was born in 1874. They were in existence in 1914 and 1953, but not 1970.
TARBUCK AND SQUIRE, 24 NEW RAILWAY STREET, WILLENHALL
JOB TARBUCK, LEVERSON STREET, WILLENHALL (1885-c1960)
Manufactures of brass and iron cabinet locks. Also key maker. Founded in 1885.
Mr Job Tarbuck was one of the last traditional key makers to work in Willenhall, until he died c1960. Nothing else known.
TAYLOR LOCK CO LTD, CONNAUGHT ROAD, BOURNEMOUTH
Set up in the 1960s by Mr Jack Taylor, an ex Yale employee, to specialise in the design and manufacture of high security locks. In 1999 changed their name to Telco Security Lock Ltd and added the design and production of electronic locks and access controls to their range.
ABRAHAM THOMPSON, 28 TEMPLE BAR, WILLENHALL
Tony Beck writes: This firm was established in 1831 for the manufacture of all kinds of padlocks and night latches for home and export. Thompson seems to have sold his locks to the United States, as a number appear for sale there. From 1851 to 1861 they were located at 28 Temple Bar, Willenhall. They remained there until 1912 when they merged with Jonah Banks & Sons, padlock manufacturers, of Clothier Street, Willenhall. Banks went into receivership on 5th January 1993 and their factory closed shortly after.
ENOCH TONKS & SONS LTD, TEMPLE WORKS, TEMPLE BAR, WILLENHALL
THOMAS TUCKLEY, HALEY STREET, LANE HEAD, WILLENHALL
Established in 1780 as cabinet lock makers in brass and iron, till, chest, trunk, cupboard and brass lever cabinet locks and keys.
In 1881 Thomas Tuckley of Short Heath age 65 is listed as a lockmaker. Living with him was his grandson, Thomas Crossley. In the 1930s the firm was run by a Mr Crossley (in 1936 W Crossley is listed as a cabinet lock maker in Lane Head) and then his two sons, Alan and Bill.
When they retired in the 1960s they were employing about four locksmiths. In earlier years they had employed up to fifty. Ron Bowdler took over part of the premises in the early 1960s for his turned parts business.
ALBERT TURNER, LISTER STREET, WILLENHALL
Key Maker. Existing in 1936 and 1953. Not existing in 1921 or 1970. Nothing else known.
THOMAS TURNER AND CO, PHOENIX WORKS, GREAT BRICKKILN STREET, WOLVERHAMPTON
This firm was originally listed here by Jim Evans as: "Cabinet lock makers. Existing in 1936 and 1974. Nothing else known." But there is now solid evidence that they were in existence well before 1880 and possibly further back than 1840. It is also known that they made safes and a variety of locks. Perhaps later in their existence they specialised in the cabinet locks Jim refers to.
Tony Beck (the Editor of the Lock Collectors Newsletter) has also written to say that Thomas Turner "made some fine locks" and that he understands that they made locks for Milners' before they set up making their own locks.