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About Us




Plumbase is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Grafton Group PLC which was founded over 155 years ago by William Chadwick in Dublin, Ireland.

The origins of Plumbase started with H. Bradley Ltd, a plumbing and heating business made up of 6 branches in London which was acquired by the Grafton Group in 1994. Later that same year, Grafton also acquired Sussex-based merchant Lumley & Hunt, before the addition of a further 9 branches during 1995 to 1996.

In 1997, a single branch heating spares company from Birmingham called Time & Temperature was also incorporated. In 1998, H. Bradley Ltd then acquired 5 British Dredging branches, and it was in May of the same year that the company changed its name to Plumbase Ltd.

Between 1999 – 2000, Plumbase went from strength-to-strength; more than doubling in size from 39 branches to 85, including 8 greenfield sites and in the years that followed, the business continued to expand.

Since 2012, Plumbase has remained one of the UK’s leading national plumbers’ merchants, supplying plumbing and heating products, boiler spares, bathrooms and renewables, across 170 branches, over the phone and online.




Although Plumbase has grown considerably over the years, we have never forgotten our small, humble beginnings and the importance of people in this industry.

In fact, we think that’s what makes us different.

At Plumbase, we’re proud of our knowledgeable, experienced staff, and we’re proud to support you. It’s our job to make your job easier. Whether you need support and advice, contact with key suppliers or access to competitive trade deals and personal pricing, our network of nationwide branches means we are always on hand to help.

While you can find a whole host of products online and available next day, we know that the pressures of your everyday work don’t always give you time to plan ahead. That’s why we never underestimate the importance of being on the end of the phone when you need us, or maintaining great customer service on our trade counters.

Those things are important to you, and supporting you is important to us.

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