About Us Robert Lee Distribution

Our History

The Robert Lee you see today is a hybrid of two of the industries most respected and independent distributors, Mark Abrahams and following their acquisition in 2000 Robert Lee London Ltd. Known today, simply as, Robert Lee Distribution Ltd we are arguably the UK’s largest independent distributor of bathrooms, showers and plumbing products, supplying retailers and merchants.

We have 27,000 different product lines and with a purpose built 95,000 sq ft head office in Waltham Abbey and branches at Swindon, Tamworth & Manchester.

We supply 99% of our customers on a next working day delivery.

Ordering is easy, a team of over 20 experienced staff are waiting to take your call, and all orders received by 5pm will be delivered next working day.

To find out about the history of Robert Lee, view our timeline below.


Mark Abrahams sets up in business, selling glass in London.

New Offices

Mark Abrahams acquires new offices in Leadenhall Street and installs one of the first telephone systems.


Mark Abrahams & Sons acquires builders merchants ‘Humphrey & Gordon’ and ‘Swayes Tiles’.

The Beginning

Robert Lee founded in Islington North London.

Sutherland Road

Robert Lee moves to 33 Sutherland Road Walthamstow,London.


Robert Lee bought by Diplomat plc.


Robert Lee Swindon depot opened.

Clifford Road

Robert Lee moves to Clifford Road, Walthamstow.

Tamworth Depot

Robert Lee Tamworth depot opened.


Mark Abrahams Distribution Ltd buys Robert Lee.

New Head Offices

Robert Lee moves to new head office premises in Waltham Abbey, Hertfordshire.

Big Blue Plumbing Book

The first ‘Big Blue Plumbing Book’ is published.

Swindon Warehouse

New purpose built warehouse in Swindon is opened.

Brand Re-Launch.

Arley Professional brand relaunched nationwide.


Robert Lee purchase John Smith Butler Ltd in Manchester.

Brand Launch:Synergy

Synergy brand launched nationwide.

KBB Exhibitions

Robert Lee Exhibit the Synergy Brand at KBB show.

Brand Launch:Halite

Halite Bath Panel brand is launched nationwide

Brand Launch:Trisen

Trisen Brassware Brand is launched nationwide.

Brand Launch:Lucabella Brands

Introduction Of Lucabella Brands – Elementa (Baths), Veloce’ (Trays) and Tristan Alexander (Furniture).

Brand Launch:Elementa Baths

Elementa Baths is launched nationwide.

Brand Launch:Veloce

Veloce’ Shower Trays is launched nationwide.

Brand Launch:Tristan Alexander

Tristan Alexander Furniture is launched nationwide.

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