It was contrived during this period to initially hold livestock within its quarters of the paddock, whereby the word pad was derived and applied to form the current word.Smokehouse locks, designed in England, were formed from wrought iron sheet and employed simple lever and ward mechanisms.
To be historically correct a slotted screw is necessary.
The trade done in those days was considerable, as iron at the time was the material most commonly used by lock and key makers throughout the land.
The business grew in volume and scope and new premises were taken in Union Street.
The eldest brothers, William (born 1822) and Richard both served apprenticeships as locksmiths in Willenhall.
Josiah Parkes (born 1824) was apprenticed to Hickman’s Iron Works in Bilston.