HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, 1921-2021

We are greatly saddened to learn of the death of HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh on Friday 9th April 2021. We wish to convey our most sincere condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family.

The Duke of Edinburgh was well known for his interest in manufacturing, engineering and innovation and we were honoured when he visited our Telford factory in July 1989, during our centenary year. I had the privilege of escorting His Royal Highness around the factory where he showed great interest in all that we were doing and spoke to many members of the Lowe & Fletcher staff.

Hugh Trevor-Jones DL
Group Chairman


Our Group can trace its origins back to 1889 when John Lowe and Thomas Fletcher established a lock making business in Willenhall, the home of the British lock making industry in the famed Black Country industrial heartland of the British Empire.

Today we remain the only sizeable family owned lock maker still operating in the Black Country.  However, over the last 125 years we have grown into a truly international business with factories and operations across Europe and America. Whilst locking systems are still a large part of our business we have also diversified into fire safety products. 

The interactive timeline above gives a brief overview of key developments in our first 125 years.