Door key, c1700

This key was found in Woodingdean, buried under seven feet of chalk. The design indicates that it probably dates from the 17th or 18th centuries.

Imagine the door

Although this key has survived for hundreds of years, the building it belonged to is long gone.

We believe that it would have been used on an outer door, but have no idea what it would have looked like.

Can you imagine what sort of door this key once unlocked? What would you expect to find behind it?

Author: Dan Robertson, Curator of Local History & Archaeology


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