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From Jackson's Close, High Street, Edinburgh

Lock & key
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This lock and key are from the door of a house in Jackson's Close in Edinburgh. They date from the 17th or 18th century.

Iron lock and key from a house in Jackson's Close, Edinburgh

With life and work and neighbours in close proximity, privacy was a luxury in the Edinburgh town house of the 16th and 17th century. Merchants and burgesses could afford houses with locks and keys and visitors were expected to knock to gain entry.

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