The spanner that started it all



Mr Leach founded his emporium in the early 1900’s, originally offering a selection of tools, ironmongery and hardware.

The business grew by word of mouth with little or no marketing and, more by accident than design, developed a specialist niche in the supply of scaffolders tools.

Before long, scaffolders from all over the country would descend upon Mr Leach’s modest premises in London’s New Cross to purchase the unique and now famous Leach’s Spanner. We still stock a derivation of the original spanner to this day and our much prized ‘Golden Spanner’ is often presented as a long service or retirement gift.



During the second world war, he opened three shops in the New Cross Road, London and began supplying tools and ironmongery to the Woolwich Arsenal. Not even the devastation of two of the shops by a doodlebug daunted the irrepressible Leach, who re-invested in the small corner shop at No. 385 which many of our customers still remember today. Mr Leach believed, as we still do, that every scaffolder we serve is PROUD of their profession and the skills they have attained, and we are honoured to provide them with a unique one-stop service.

By the time the then owner retired in 1999, LEACH'S were offering nearly 40 bespoke variations of scaffolder’s spanners, leather belts and frogs.

Since moving to Egham, Surrey in 2000, Send near Woking in 2006, then relocating in 2007 to our Large purpose built premises in Hereford, we have dramatically increased our product range to thousands of lines.

In addition to the legendary LEACH'S & BIG BEN® branded tools, and over 100 years on, we are honoured to have become the exclusive UK distributors of both the Nailspan® and IMN® professional range of scaffolding tools and the ever expanding range of BIG BEN® Safety products.

We are better equipped than ever to keep you ahead with the very latest products and safety equipment and provide a fast efficient service that is highly respected throughout the industry!

As a genuine customer driven company, we endeavour to be the first to embrace new ideas and provide you with a solution, but we never forget how it all started! It is in our DNA!

The Old Traditional Wartime Favourite – Still Going Strong!

Designed decades ago, this spanner very quickly became the favourite of the industry and spread the word about LEACH’S far and wide. The design of where the box meets the handle is unique, to help prevent the painful black pinch. When the box swings over, the handle meets the box exactly, reducing the chance of pinching your finger. Assembled with a heavy duty rivet pin. All spanners have hole in the handle for attaching tool safety rope The LEACH'S Traditional Spanner box is available with either Stainless Steel, Titanium or Alloy Handle

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