Duke of Edinburgh’s visit

By Mustafa Suleman

Sir Herman Lebus wrote to Buckingham Palace in 1954 to explore the idea of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visiting the Lebus factory in Tottenham to open the new sports pavilion, which was being constructed on the north side of Ferry Lane.

As President of the National Playing Fields Association, Prince Philip initially dismissed the idea due to a heavy programme but promised to send a letter to Sir Herman that could be read out when the sports pavilion was unveiled. Prince Philip did however add that he would certainly consider a visit later on, this led to correspondence to and from Buckingham Palace to organise a suitable programme and date.

The visit finally took place on Thursday 10th November, 1955 and was worth the wait, it included a tour of the factory as well as the new sports pavilion. During the tour is was suggested to Price Philip that the men in the factory would like to make some modern model furniture for Princess Anne, his Royal Highness agreed; however the young Princess did not have a doll’s house

Sir Herman Lebus

Sir Herman Lebus


Sir Heman Lebus welcomes the Duke of Edinburgh to the factory in 1955

Sir Heman Lebus welcomes the Duke of Edinburgh to the factory

With the Board of Directors at the sports pavilion entrance

With the Board of Directors at the sports pavilion entrance

7 April 1954

7 April 1954


19 May 1954

19 May 1954

Letter from Prince Philip

Letter from Prince Philip

24 November 1954

24 November 1954

21 June 1955

21 June 1955

6 July 1955

6 July 1955

19 July 1955

19 July 1955

22 July 1955

22 July 1955

22 July 1955

22 July 1955

28 October 1955

28 October 1955

28 October 1955

28 October 1955

4 November 1955

4 November 1955

10 November 1955

10 November 1955

Programme

Programme

Programme

Programme

Programme

Programme

Programme

Programme

Factory tour

Factory tour

Factory tour

Factory tour

Factory tour

Factory tour

Machine shop

Machine shop

Machine shop

Machine shop

Machine shop

Machine shop

Machine shop

Machine shop

Machine shop

Machine shop

Machine shop

Machine shop

Machine shop

Machine shop

Machine shop

Machine shop

Checking moisture

Checking moisture

Checking moisture

Checking moisture

Kitchens

Kitchens

Canteen

Canteen

Dining halls

Dining halls

Dining halls

Dining halls

Surgery

Surgery

Surgery

Surgery

Surgery

Surgery

Barber

Barber

Fire head quarters

Fire headquarters

Fire head quarters

Fire headquarters

Gate keeper

Gate keeper

Switchboard

Switchboard

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