Thursday, July 21, 2016

Lambs Ltd of Woodford Green - Triumph Car dealers 19

Another in my series of articles about Triumph car dealers this article is about Lambs Ltd.

A history of Lamb's Ltd

Established in 1906 Lamb's Ltd have a long history of selling and servicing motor cars.
Lamb's Ltd advert 1924
Lamb's Ltd advert 1924
In 1924 Lamb's Ltd were selling many different brands of cars, commercials and motorbikes including AC, Austin, Ariel, Guy, Gwynne, Matchless, Morgan, Rover, Singer, Standard, Triumph and Wolseley. They survived the hard times during world war 2.

Lambs Ltd advert in the Motor magazine dated 25 September 1946
Lambs Ltd advert in the Motor magazine dated 25 September 1946

Lamb's Ltd advert 1951
Lamb's Ltd advert 1951
This advert from 1951 shows the Lamb's building at Woodford that had been purpose built in 1938.

A photo of Lamb's Ltd, Woodford, London, at night 1951 from John Maltby found in RIBA Collections.

Lambs HQ building 08-1964
Here is another view of that HQ building at Woodford Green.

1962 Lamb's Ltd advert for the then new TR4
1962 advert for the then new TR4.


 A prize winning Stanpart window display at Lambs Ltd Woodford Green for Christmas 1965.

1968 invoice dated 1st June 1968 for a Triumph 2000 saloon


1968 letterhead from an invoice for a Triumph 2000 saloon supplied to its first owner on 1st June 1968. 

Workshop photos

Standard Vanguard in Lambs Ltd workshop image 1
Standard Vanguard in Lambs Ltd workshop image 1

Standard Vanguard in Lambs Ltd workshop image 2
Standard Vanguard in Lambs Ltd workshop image 2

Standard Vanguard in Lambs Ltd workshop image 3
Standard Vanguard in Lambs Ltd workshop image 3
I found these photos on the Standard Motor Club website. Taken in the 1950's they show the father of Ian Randall at work on a Standard Vanguard.

Lambs Ltd windscreen sticker


Lambs Ltd windscreen sticker

Modern tribute


Seen recently in Devon, UK this custom built Triumph Herald features sign written Lambs Ltd advert on the door.At the time of writing owned by a sign writer called Ian a TSSC Devon member.

Dealer locations

Lambs have over the years operated from many different locations.
1924 they were selling Standard and Triumph cars from at least three locations:
50 High Street, Wood Green, London N22
Opposite Hoe Street Station, Walthamstow, E17
Opposite Great Portland Station, Euston Road,  London, NW1

1951 at least four locations:
Standard House, Southern Road, Woodford Essex
Slough House. 16 Berkeley Street, London W1
194/6 High Road, Ilford
Also at Chingford.

1955, 58, 65, 68 and 74 they were a distributor selling Standard Triumph from Standard House, Southend Road, Woodford Green.

1972
Lambs Limited, Avenue Garage, Southend Arterial Road, Hornchurch, RM11 3UH. 
Lambs (Loughton) Ltd 161 High Road, Loughton from premises which had previously been operated by another Triumph dealer Patmore Bros Limited.

Plea for information

If you have any more information or recollections about these garages, photos of window stickers, dealer badges or sill plates etc please let me know.  I can be contacted via the comments to this post or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stephen.weblin

Further information and sources

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to my article about Patmore Bros Limited

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr gallery of images I have found on Flickr.

You can download a copy of the Triumph Sales and Service Directory 1968-69 which started me off on the search for info about Triumph car dealers.

I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html

Picture credits: Standard Vanguard in Lambs Ltd workshop images Ian Randell;
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