Celebrating another milestone in our 40th year

The Keycare team celebrate expansion

The team at Keycare today gathered to celebrate another important milestone in Keycare’s 40th year. Linda Dearden, our Customer Services Manager cut the ribbon to open the new wing at our offices in Shipley. The new extension represents our growth and success over the last year. Our new wing accommodates our expanded sales team who will be working on a number of newly acquired accounts. The team celebrated with cakes made for the occasion.

During the celebrations we also announced the winner of a recent staff competition to name our new meeting rooms. Congratulation go to the winner Annette Wooller! She suggested very apt names for the rooms being Nineveh, Theodore, Bramah and Barron. All four names relate to the discovery of keys and invention of locking systems.

Celebrating milestone in Keycare's 40th year

The meaning behind our doors

Nineveh is the place where the earliest known keys and locks originated. The oldest examples of these ancient locks being in ruins of the Assyrian palace of Khorasabad, in the biblical city Nineveh. Locking mechanisms dated back to 704 BC.

We name the Theodore room after Theodore of Samos. Theodore was a 6th-century BC ancient Greek sculptor and architect. Along with Rhoecus, people would often recognise him for the invention of ore smelting. Credit goes to him also for inventing the first lock and key.

Joseph Bramah of Barnsley, who patented the first high security key and lock, gives his name to our third room. Joseph Bramah was a leading inventor of the industrial revolution. Bramah made the first lock in 1784 with the patent being awarded in 1787. The Bramah lock was unique and advanced property and valuables protection enormously. It came 50 years ahead of any Chubb lock and 70 years ahead of Yale.

Finally our fourth room carries the name Barron. In 1778, Robert Barron patented the double–acting lever tumbler lock. Through many refinements and modifications, the lever lock would become one of the most popular mechanisms in the world today.