For sale lock, stock and barrel – Chubb to go under the hammer

Chubb – one of Britain’s oldest lock makers – could be sold for more than £2 billion.

The company, founded in 1818 by brothers Charles and Jeremiah Chubb, is being readied for sale by its American owners.

The Chubbs patented the “detector lock” which jammed shut if anyone tried to pick it.

The invention came as cities embraced the Industrial Revolution – and a rise in crime.

The company quickly moved into manufacturing wrought iron doors and safes at its Wolverhampton factory.

An ever-increasing demand for safety has seen Chubb grow into a world-wide business.

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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV’s Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.