Medieval Padlock

Photo: Birmingham Museums Trust CC By 2.0
Object type: Padlock
Period: Medieval
Primary material: Copper alloy
Date found: 09/06/2021
Location: Stratford-on-Avon


A copper-alloy tubular padlock dating to 1150 – 1300 designated a Find of Note: County importance. It is in two parts (now fused together): the bolt slid into the barrel and was held in place by barb-springs. These were released by inserting a key into a specially shaped keyhole at the top of the barrel.