Lesney Industries

Lesney was based in Hackney Wick and made die cast models – matchbox cars. The building was recently torn down as part of the regeneration of the area as a site with an interesting past I though I’d start a topic on it

(image by Suburbanslice) More info on Wikipedia


  1. A plastics machine from http://www.mboxcommunity.com

  2. Sounds like some kind of dating site – of something more chocolaty

    Here is a video of toy testing at Lesney

  3. No doubt there are copyright issues, but I think it a shame that Telford Homes, who’ve developed the site, have confused the history a little by naming the development ‘Matchmakers Wharf’.

  4. diamond geezer mentioned this in passing last week –

    “presumably because one should never ever brand flats as Matchboxes”. Bit of a shame they’re airbrushing history a little.”

  5. I completely agree. I can’t believe I am going to say this but…they are even more vile looking than the ones on Dalston Lane.

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