The Evolution of Locks and Locksmithing

Locks have been around in one form or another since the earliest times. Archaeological excavations in Yemen revealed simple wooden locking mechanisms dating back thousands of years BC. In roman times locks were used to protect valuables, and were seen as a status symbol. Wealthy roman citizens took to wearing them to proclaim their wealth.

In Britain locks were manufactured from iron by the local village blacksmith. Examples of these locks can still be found in centuries-old cottages throughout the country. A friend of mine, a Nottingham Locksmith, has a small collection of these interesting articles.

It wasn’t until the industrial revolution that mass produced locks appeared and these role of locksmith was created, as more and more people found they could afford to implement locks to protect their homes, businesses and possessions.

In the 20th century, although many basic lock designs have remained the same, higher manufacturing quality and increased levels of ingenuity have greatly increased the levels of security on offer and the modern locksmith has had to expand their skill levels to cope.

Branching out into vehicle locks bring increased trade, but also requires a great deal of technical and electronic know-how, as does Access Control which brings security bang up to date with retina scanners and fingerprint recognition being used to electronically grant access.

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