J&E Hall International
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John Hall


Questor House, 191 Hawley Road, Dartford, Kent, England


J&E Hall International is a British manufacturing company. In the vertical transport industry, the company manufactured passenger elevators, escalators as well as paternosters from 1880 until 1968. It also made commercial vehicles under the brand name "Hallfords". Today, J&E Hall only manufactures refrigeration units for commercial and industrial applications, and it is now a member of Daikin Group.


J&E Hall was founded in 1785. The company entered the elevator industry in 1880 when it produced a paternoster called "Cyclic Elevator". The company later expanded their elevator production when they bought Medway Safety Lift Company (founded in 1878) in 1925. In 1931, J&E Hall began making escalators (called as "moving staircases" at that time) under license from German elevator manufacturer Carl Flohr. In 1951, J&E Hall modernized the Babbacombe Cliff Railway, a funicular railway in Torquay, Devon commissioned in 1923 by Waygood Otis.[1]

J&E Hall continued producing elevators and escalators until 1968 when its elevator and escalator division was sold to Otis Elevator Company.

In 1976, J&E Hall's Canadian elevator and escalator division was bought by Hitachi[2].

Notable installations


  • Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London
  • House of Commons, London
  • Redhill Railway Station, Redhill, Surrey (refurbished by Schindler)
  • Stevenage Railway Station, Stevenage, Hertfordshire
  • Poole Hospital, Poole (1969, modernized by Aurora Lifts? with Lester Controls)
  • Fairfield Halls Theatre, Croydon
  • Former Allders department store, Croydon[3] (escalator, store closed in 2013, fate of the escalator remains unknown)

Other countries

  • Parliament Building of Northern Ireland, Ireland
  • Royal Palace, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Thorndon Building, Wellington, New Zealand (modernized by Fiam in the 1980s)[4]


  • When Hitachi acquired J&E Hall's Canadian elevator division in the 1970s, a few Hitachi escalators installed in Canada are branded as J&E Hall-Hitachi.[5]

Notes and references

External links

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