british legion poppy factory
British Legion Poppy Factory. Richmond. 20 Petersham Road, Richmond TW10 6UR.
Fuided tours of the factory and the museum area can be arranged from Monday to Thursday, starting at 10.30 am or 14.00 pm. The takes about two hours and includes teand a coffee. Lunch may be purchased in the staff canteen at 1.15 pm, prior to the afternoon tour.
The British Legion Poppy Factory was established in 1922 by Major Jack Cohen and Major George Howson to provide employment for disabled veterans of the First World War. The artificial poppies for the first poppy appeal in 1921 had been imported from France.
The poppy factory was first established in a former collar factory in the Old Kent Road. It was soon employing 50 disabled veterans producing a million poppies within two months. In order to expand, the factory moved the site of the disused Lansdown Brewery in Petersham Road, Richmond. The present factory was built in 1932. Today the factory, supported by home workers, produces 11 million poppies a year.