Infographic | A look into the history of Pickerings Lifts from 1854 to 1984
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Established by Jonathan Pickering.
Inventor and patentee of the original Pickering Pulley Block.
The Pickering Pulley Block was showcased at the Centennial International Exhibition, the first official World’s Fair, in Philadelphia
Some other notable inventions at this event were Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone and the Remington typewriter.
Here we see some fantastic newspaper cuttings dating back to 1886 through to 1903.
First commercial electric lift
Within 10 years of the World Fair, the company received an order from the Middlesbrough Co-operative Society, to design, manufacture and install the very first commercial electric lift.
The first automatic push-button lift
In 1896, the company reached another industry milestone…
The invention of the first fully automatic push-button lift, a
considerable feat of engineering and innovation for the time.
Electric lift manufacturing
Electricity revolutionised lifting machinery at the turn of the century. The early electric lifts had three safety gears to prevent accident so that the car would stop even if the lift rope broke.
Voice of the industry – LEIA
In 1932, Pickerings Lifts was a founding member of the Lift & Escalator Industry Association (LEIA), which is still going strong today.
A Pickerings Lifts calendar, dated November 1939, broadcasting…
“MARTIN’S BANK, LEEDS one of many PICKERINGS LIFTS supplied to various banks”
In 1954, Pickerings Limited celebrated 100 years of trading by hosting a number of events, including a ball and a celebration dinner. Here is a photograph of the ball which was held at the local Palais-de-Danse Jubilee Hall in Stockton-on-Tees.
Pickerings Lifts football team
An archived photograph of the 1965 Pickerings football team, the team were in the Stockton & District League B Division.
Head Office and the manufacturing of lifts
Take a look back at when Pickerings Lifts Head Office in Stockton-on-Tees had a design drawing office and manufactured bespoke lifts.
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 160 years ago
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