National Recording Project


Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Memorial to the Lockmaking Industry


Type Sculpture

     Standing on the base is a lock with its bolt and catch extended. Balanced on top of this is a shackle, a Medieval/ early lock shape. All sides of the sculpture have impressed relief work as well as raised surfaces depicting aspects of Willenhall life, particularly lockmaking and its history in the town since Elizabethan times. The sculpture represents a series of lockmaking symbols both in form and detail drawn from the area from the fourteenth century onwards.


Each side of the memorial has a number of inscribed words and symbols including the Willenhall coat of arms and motto: Salus Populi Suprema Lex [The health of the people is the greatest law] At the base an inscription on all four sides reads: He who loseth the key to his treasure maketh the locksmith labour in vain MCMLXVIII

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Staff & Pupils of Willenhall Comprehensive School, None Sculptor
P.P.S. Plastics of Willenhall, None Restorer

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Base Fibre-glass, painted grey 28cm high x 138cm wide x 89cm deep
Lock Fibre-glass, painted grey 128cm high x 90cm wide x 60cm deep
Shackle Fibre-glass, painted grey 95cm high x 75cm wide x 34cm deep
None All on a steel armature supported by concrete None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMwaWIvh003 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Abrasions, cracks, splits
  • Biological growth
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road 33 Market Place
Precise location Forecourt
A-Z ref 31 2H
OS ref SO964985
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1968; 1994
Unveiling details 1968; renovated memorial 30th August 1994
Commissioned by Restoration by Mr Paul Kidson of Willenhall
Duty of care Mr Malcolm owen of Owen and Gravestock, Accountants, 33 Market Place, Willenhall
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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