A BRIEF HISTORY | Leisure Sinks

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Originally set up as a motor parts business by the Crowe family in 1926, Leisure Sinks took its first steps into the stainless steel industry seven years later (in 1933), with mass production beginning as early as 1935.

After the Second World War, we soon grew from strength to strength, assisted by our appointment as official contractors to the Ministry of Works – providing sinks to temporary housing programmes for returning soldiers. By 1949, our factory was soon at full capacity, producing 10,000 units per week and supplying 1,200 building and plumbing merchants across the UK and Northern Ireland.


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Increasing demand for vitreous enamelled products led to further developments at the Long Eaton factory and, in 1953, the single gas-fired box furnace was replaced with the first continuous type; this was oil-fired and capable of handling a mammoth 5,000 sinks per week. Demand soon became too much even for this furnace, so a continuous electric furnace was introduced in early 1959, while a new pressing factory opened a mile from the original premises during 1956-58.

Later, in 1979, Leisure became the first company to introduce a range of competitively priced inset stainless steel sinks: the Lexin – which we still produce today, albeit with additional reversible and left-handed options.

The company was then bought in 2002 by the globally renowned AGA Rangemaster Group, which includes other high profile British brands such as AGA, Rangemaster, Falcon, Mercury and Rayburn.

Today, Leisure Sinks is the largest manufacturer of stainless steel sinks in the UK, employing 74 staff at its Long Eaton factory. We supply sinks and taps across multiple channels, including national building and plumbing merchants, as well as framework agreements with major housebuilders. The models in our stainless steel range include designs manufactured from a single sheet of high grade 18/10 steel, providing a robust frame that won’t bend or flex under pressure – perfect for a wealth of applications and budgets.

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We continue to develop new models, with our portfolio having expanded considerably in recent years to offer customers a choice of different sink materials, as well as a stylish selection of pillar and mixer taps.

In recent years, we’ve invested significantly in the latest production methods to ensure we remain competitive in a highly driven market. We believe our extensive product range, commitment to excellence and strong British heritage are fundamental to our success – and have set the benchmark for another 90 years.