Our history
Over 165 years in motion... and still going strong!

Pickerings Lifts is one of the oldest engineering firms in the United Kingdom, with an unbroken history of family ownership and management, now in its fifth generation.

We are the UK’s leading lift specialist company, starting from humble beginnings over 165 years ago…

The Pickerings Lifts story begins

Jonathan Pickerings first set up as a maker of pulleys, blocks and chains during the Crimean War, which makes Pickerings Lifts one of the oldest engineering firms in the UK.

Keen to expand, Jonathan soon turned his hand to developing self-sustaining hoisting equipment.

From hoists to electric lifts

Jonathan showcased his revolutionary pulley-block and hoisting equipment at the Centennial International Exhibition, the first official World's Fair, in Philadelphia, USA, in 1876 (also on show were Alexander Graham Bell's telephone and the Remington typewriter).

Success led to exhibitions in Germany and Holland, achieving medals for excellence and design quality.

In 1888 the first commercial electric lift was designed, manufactured and installed by Pickerings Lifts for the Middlesbrough Co-Operative Society. Pickerings Lifts also invented the self-sustaining hand lift and service lift, developing belt-power and hydraulic lifts.

The first automatic push-button lift and the war effort

In 1896, Pickerings Lifts reached another industry milestone with the invention of the first fully automatic push-button lift, a considerable feat of engineering and innovation for the time.

Pickerings Lifts carried out work of national importance during both World Wars, including the manufacture of balloon winches and field power/traction units. Later came the trench mortars and components for Bailey Bridges and floating pontoon bridges during WWII. The company also installed the ammunition lifts for the long-range cross-channel guns near Dover.

In 1932, Pickerings Lifts was a Founding Member of the Lift & Escalator Industry Association (LEIA), which is still going strong today.

The UK’s Leading Lift Specialist

In 2008, we incorporated escalators into our portfolio becoming a comprehensive service provider for our customers requirements.

In 2010 we were selected by US Based 4Front Engineered Solutions to be the UK’s sole distributor, bringing a wider range of products such as sectional doors, loading platforms, dock levellers and vehicle restraints to our portfolio.

Today, Pickerings Lifts is the UK’s Leading Lift Specialist, offering customer's our expertise and experience to maintain, repair and modernise any lift, escalator, mobility and loading bay equipment.

From our network of regional offices across the UK, our highly skilled engineers offer call-out services 365 days of the year.


Pickerings Europe Ltd
Globe Elevator Works
P.O. Box 19
Stockton on Tees
TS20 2AD

T:+44 (0) 1642 607161
F:+44 (0) 1642 677638

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