From humble beginnings to largest furniture factory in England with engineering skills that they could turn to anything including construction of the Mosquito Bomber in WW2.

Louis S. Lebus is one of the earliest recorded Jewish immigrant furniture workers, having arrived in Britain in the 1840s and set up a workshop in Whitechapel in the 1850s. When Louis died in 1879, his business was taken over by his son, Harris.

The firm Harris Lebus prospered in the coming decades. Operating out of its new base in Tottenham, the company became the largest of its kind in the country, employing over 1,000 people by the end of the 19th century.

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Historic location

The Harris Lebus factory is no longer there. You will find ‘Hale Village’ in its place with road names such as ‘Lebus road’ and some plaques that tell the history. Haringey archives at Bruce castle hold a large Harris Lebus collection.