A mortice (also spelt mortise) is a cavity or slot, usually rectangular, cut into a piece of wood or stone in order to receive a matching insert of the same dimensions.
Door Closing Options
- Mortice latch/lock - fitted into a cavity in the edge of the door
- Rim lock/latch - fitted on the outside of the door
- Suffolk Latch - designed for traditional ledge and braced doors
For further info about Rim Locks and Suffolk Latches, please see:
Quick History of Mortice Door Lock/Latch
Introduced in the mid 1700s, mortice latches and locks were initially used only for the most formal rooms in houses owned by the wealthy. In the 1800s the use of mortice locks and latches increased. Now they are a common feature in all homes.
Our Choice Of Mortice Locks/Latches
We sell mortice door locks and tubular latches separately, to compliment our range of door handles and door knobs.
- 3 lever locks suitable for internal doors only. External doors require a 5 lever lock in order to comply with insurance requirements
- 2 options: Bathroom Lock or Sash with keys
- Each option is available in chrome or dark chrome to compliment our chrome and black handles
- Available in 2 lengths depending upon your choice of lever handle or door knob
- 3 Options: Standard tubular latch, Heavy Duty or Bathroom Deadbolt
- Available in different finishes depending upon your choice of handle or knob
TIP: Door knobs are unsprung. If you want to use a mortice door knob rather than a door handle, we recommend using our 4" heavy duty double sprung tubular latch. And for a locking option with a door knob, you can use our 3 lever mortice lock with our choice of escutcheons to give a professional and stylish finish to the keyhole.
See also our Video with further info on our Mortice Locks...