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Jeremiah Chubb

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Jeremiah Chubb (1793-1847)

1793 Born in Braemore, Hants, son of Charles Chubb

1818 Invented the detector lock, which was soon recognised as the best of its kind.

1818 With his brother Charles moved to Wolverhampton to manufacture locks but this business was not successful; Jeremiah went to France and then America.

Charles Chubb continued to manufacture and sell the locks in Portsea. Within a few years he was able to expand the business and established offices in London.

1828 Jeremiah Chubb, having lived in America as a machinist, returned to Britain.

1830 Charles established a lock factory in Temple Street, Wolverhampton. This led to great rivalry between Chubb and other Wolverhampton locksmiths, resulting in lock-picking contests held in public.

1839 Jeremiah and Charles were co-patentees for improvements to safes.

1847 Jeremiah died in Winchester, Hampshire.

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Sources of Information

  • Obituary of Charles Chubb, ODNB