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Smith, Major and Stevens

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February 1911.
Dec 1921.

of Abbey Works, Weedon Road, Northampton and Battersea, London, S.W.8.

1760 Company established previous to this by John Smith (records go back no further).

By 1878 Messrs. Archibald Smith and Co., hydraulic and general engineers, were in Leicester Square, London.

1880 A new factory was built at Battersea to meet the expansion of the business, and the firm's name was altered to Archibald Smith and Stevens.

The firm began to concentrated on making lifts. Initially hand or belt or hydraulically operated.

Messrs. Stevens and Major patented a hydraulically-operated hoist[1]

1889 Charles George Major became a partner.

Started to use electricity to power the lifts.

1909 Due to further expansion of the business, it was decided to convert it into a private limited company under the name of Smith, Major and Stevens, Ltd., with Charles George Major as chairman. The works were moved to Northampton.

1909 Incorporated as a limited company.

1914 Lift engineers. [2]

1922 of Abbey Works, Weedon Road, Northampton. Directors: E. C. Stevens (Chairman), P. H. Stevens and P. C. Major. Employees: 600. Manufacturer of lifts of all kinds.

1930 Amalgamated with the Express Lift Co

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1885/04/03
  2. 1914 Whitakers Red Book