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Welcome to Thompson & Leigh Ltd
Plumbing & Heating Merchants
Bathroom Showrooms

We are Thompson & Leigh – an independent plumber & heating merchant and bathroom showroom business based in Kent, with nearly 40 years of industry experience we have a rich history and extensive knowledge in the plumbing and bathroom industries.

We Provide Everything You Need for a Stress Free Project

Expert knowledge

Established nearly 40 years

friendly staff

Alway on hand to help

extensive product range

From the best Industry Brands

Some of the best brands around

Thompson & leigh - A brief history

Originally a plumber, Fredrick Edwin Thompson (grandfather to David and Ian) formed Thompson & Leigh in 1946 to supply plumbing & sanitaryware to the building trade. The original premises were at 272 Broadway, Bexleyheath. The company also started to make fireplaces in a small lock-up, expanding in 1947 to premises at Harrow Manorway, Abbey Wood and quickly scaling up to produce over 100 per week, primarily sold to local authorities and builders.

Douglas B. Thompson joined Thompson & Leigh in 1955 after serving in the RAF.

The plumbing supplies side of the business expanded and bought the premises next to 272 and soon after built a warehouse to accommodate the increasing stock level, which quickly filled and grew into additional units alongside. As a result, the company’s turnover soon exceeded £300,000.

Due to ill health during the mid-sixties, Fredrick E. Thompson decided to sell the company. J H Sankey acquired the plumbing side in 1966. Douglas B. Thompson then worked for Sankey and ran the South East Region for ten years, turning over £30 million per annum before joining the main Sankey board as operations director. J H Sankey (part-owned by the Coal Board) was sold in 1983/1984.

Douglas B. Thompson & Pamela Thompson decided to return to selling plumbing, heating & sanitaryware to the local trade and formed Thompson & Leigh as it is now. They opened a warehouse in Crayford close to the Black Prince interchange and just 5 minutes from the Dartford tunnel. They opened accounts with major suppliers like Armitage Shanks and Wavin Plastics (Osma). Two additional units were then added on to Thompson & Leigh in the same estate within 2-3 years.

Ian Thompson joined the company soon after the formation and David Thompson a few years later. Ian & David Thompson now run four Thompson & Leigh branches consisting of two trade counters and two 4000sq foot bathroom showrooms.

Established Reputation

Brian KirkBrian Kirk
09:06 11 Jan 23
Wanessa provided a personal service from the initial design to eventual completion of our cloakroom/toilet area. Following placing of our order, she undertook the procurement of all the sanitary ware, tiles and associated furniture in a most pleasant and professional manner, liaising with both us and the tradesman who was appointed to install the project.Very pleased with the completed project and would definitely recommend Thompson & Leigh to other prospective customers/clients.
Karen LicenceKaren Licence
09:08 02 Nov 22
Wanessa was so helpful from start to finish. Communication always excellent. Delivery on time. Really happy with service-thank you
Barbara HuntBarbara Hunt
15:44 25 Oct 22
A wonderful experience from start to finish. Wanessa our bathroom designer, was really helpful and knowledgeable. We weren’t rushed into purchasing and really felt like we were getting a luxury service. Thank you! Would highly recommend.
Leigh HackettLeigh Hackett
09:08 24 Mar 22
I had visited many bathroom shops but Wanessa at Thompson and Leigh was fantastic, honest and followed the brief perfectly ! She designed my perfect bathroom with helpful suggestions and even cost saving alternatives ( very rare) Honestly better than any other bathroom showroom or design planner ive ever seen . Highly recommended
stuart worleystuart worley
20:20 05 Mar 22
Great local bathroom showroom, met the owner who has been in the business for 30 years. Well worth a sit down with someone at the crayford one as a great seating area and really friendly staff. Found the bexleyheath one not as good but still some great ideas. They have loads of brochures and will give you what discount they can apply. It was not pushy at all which I liked. Worth a visit open to 4pm on a sat at crayford.

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