Charles Chubb (businessman)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Charles Chubb
Born Charles Chubb
Fordingbridge, Hampshire, England
Died 16 May 1845
Islington, Middlesex, now London England
Nationality British
Occupation Locksmith, Lock & Safe Manufacturer
Known for Chubb Locks & Safes
Spouse(s) Maria Heyter (1775–1846)
Relatives Jeremiah Chubb (1790–1847)
John Chubb (1816–1872)

Charles Chubb (1779 – 1845) was an English lock and safe manufacturer.


Born in Fordingbridge, Hampshire, he trained as a blacksmith who started a hardware business at Winchester then moved to Portsea, Portsmouth. Here he improved on the "detector" lock, originally patented in 1818 by his brother, Jeremiah Chubb.[1]

He soon moved to London and then to Wolverhampton, where he employed 200 workers. In 1835, he patented a process intended to render safes burglar-proof and fireproof, and subsequently established a large safe-factory in London. He died on 16 May 1845, and was succeeded in the business by his son, John Chubb (1816–1872), who patented various improvements in the products of the firm and largely increased its output. The factories were combined under one roof in a model plant and the business grew to enormous proportions, now Chubb Locks.[1]