suffolk latch meaning
A type of thumb latch for doors; originally fabricated of iron wrought by hand in England. Attractive in appearance and available in many different designs; unlike the Norfolk latch, it has no plate behind the thumb latch to protect the door finish.
- The Suffolk latch originated in the English county of Suffolk in the 16th century and stayed in common use until the 19th century.
- Both the Suffolk latch and Norfolk latch are thought to have been named by architectural draughtsman William Twopenny ( 1797-1873 ).
- The smaller privy between the house and barns is more like the former, clapboard-sided with a beaded plank door on an original hand-wrought Suffolk latch.