How to Lock Your Suffolk Latch

Locking Pins, Door Bolts & Privacy Locks

Many period properties and traditional homes have ledge & brace doors fitted with Suffolk Latches. This style of door is not suitable for mortice fitted locks, so what are the options if you want to have a privacy lock on your bathroom or bedroom door?

There are several options to choose from, each with their own benefits and drawbacks:

  • Locking Staples With Pin
  • Door Bolts
  • Turn & Releases

Suffolk Latch in a traditional bathroom

Locking Staples

Locking Staples are the traditional choice for a Suffolk Latch and offer a neat solution for an internal lock. These staples are designed to be fitted to the latch bar side of the door and prevent the bar from being raised.

There are two different styles of locking staple and they both include a small locking pin which is attached to a leather thong. Choose from Screw-On Staples or Knock-In Staples

  • Screw-On Staples are easy to fit and are available in three different styles to co-ordinate with the Suffolk, Gothic and Fine Handle Latches, in black beeswax and pewter finishes.
  • Knock-In Staples offer a traditional look but require absolute precision when fitting. These can be used on any latch and are also available in black beeswax and pewter.

Please note these locking pins can only be fitted to the latch bar side of the door which opens towards you, and not on the thumb latch side. Some bathroom and bedroom doors open into the room, and for these doors, a locking staple would not be suitable.

Penny End Locking Staple, Black Beeswax

Knock-In Locking Staple, Pewter


Door Bolts

Door bolts are a versatile solution and can be fitted anywhere on a door, either above or below a latch. Hand forged bolts co-ordinate well with the rustic design of a Suffolk Latch. Choose from traditional Shepherd's Crook and Fishtail designs available in black beeswax and pewter.

The main drawback of a door bolt is that it is operable from the inside only. If you have young children, we recommend fitting the bolt at an out-of-reach level to ensure lock-in incidents do not occur.

Shepherds Crook Door Bolts, Black Beeswax

Fishtail Door Bolts, Pewter

Bathroom door bolt

Turn & Releases

Turn & Releases are privacy locks for bathroom doors. These are not the usual choice for a ledge & brace door, however the mortice bar can be trimmed to suit, depending upon where it is fitted.

The benefit of a turn & release is that it allows access from the external side of the door in an emergency. A great choice if you have young children or elderly relatives.

Cast Iron Turn & Release, Black

Cast Iron Turn & Release, Pewter


Suffolk latch on bedroom door




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  • Suffolk Latch Company on Jun 17, 2019

    Hi Steve, Thanks for reading and thanks for your question. We don’t have locking pins with chains, unfortunately. You could perhaps remove the leather thong and replace with a chain?

  • Steve on Jun 17, 2019

    Hi, I don’t suppose you do an option for locking pins attached with a short length of black chain rather than leather strap? I’ve seen them elsewhere but not a hand forged version. As we want to use these to lock bathrooms and cloakrooms we don’t want to use leather on hygiene and longer term aesthetic grounds. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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