Lewis Hammerson

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Lewis W. Hammerson (1916–1958) was the founder of Hammerson plc, one the United Kingdom's largest property businesses and a FTSE 100 company.


Lewis Hammerson initially joined the family garment business, Amalgamated Weatherware, in the 1930s.[1] In 1942 he sold the family garment business and instead ventured into property, specifically housing, taking advantage of the need for apartments during World War II.[1] His early developments included Castrol House in central London.[1] He died in 1958 at the relatively early age of 42 but having established Hammerson as a leading property developer.[1]

His wife, Sue, founded the Lewis W. Hammerson Memorial Hospital in Barnet in his memory.[2]


He married Sarah "Sue" Waterman early in 1938, and they went on to have three children: David Hammerson, Peter Hammerson and Patricia Hammerson.[2]