Waygood & Co.




Richard Waygood

Succeeded by

Waygood Otis (and then Otis)



Waygood & Co. (formerly R Waygood & Co. and later Waygood-Otis) was a UK- based elevator company which was later merged with Otis. They made hand operated elevators, electric traction and hydraulic elevators, escalators, dumbwaiters, and cranes.


Waygood was founded by Richard Waygood in 1833 and in 1840s the firm moved to London. In 1865, the firm began making hand operated elevators (Hand Lifts) and subsequently they began making electric belt-driven as well as hydraulic elevators in 1868, making it the first elevator manufacturer in England to produce electric elevators. It established a factory along Falmouth Road in London, which later became Otis's head office in the United Kingdom. In 1890, they opened a factory in Melbourne, Australia. The firm was renamed to "R. Waygood & Co." in 1897.

In 1914, Waygood took over Otis Elevator Company's business of London and it became "Waygood-Otis". Their headquarters and warehouse were located at 54-55 Fether Lane in London. In 1953, Waygood Otis opened a factory in Sydney, Australia[1]. Not much is known after that.


Waygood first opened their factory in Falmouth Road, London in 1863. After Otis joined Waygood and became Waygood-Otis, they opened a headquarters and a warehouse in 54-55 Fether Lane, London. Waygood-Otis had offices located in several towns in the United Kingdom, they are:

  • Liverpool
  • Manchester
  • Newcastle
  • Nottingham
  • Leeds
  • Leichester
  • Sheffield
  • Plymouth
  • Brighton

Waygood-Otis also had overseas offices and agents located in:

  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Bombay, India
  • Calcutta, India
  • Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka)
  • Rangoon (Yangoon), Myanmar
  • Singapore
  • Hong Kong
  • Shanghai, China
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Sydney, Australia

Notable installations

A number of surviving Waygood-Otis installations can still be found in the United Kingdom and other countries.

United Kingdom

  • Old Ship Hotel, Brighton
  • Blackpool Tower, Lancashire
  • House of Fraser, Manchester (1930s)[2]
  • University Arms Hotel, Cambridge (1927, modernized in 1972)
  • Barts Hospital, London (1930s)
  • Ognisko Restaurant, South Kensington, London
  • Footasylum, Birmingham
  • Experience Barnsley, Barnsley (modernized)


  • 127 Liverpool Street, Sydney
  • Goldsbrough House, Adelaide
  • Forbes Hotel, Sydney[3]
  • Myers Centre, Adelaide (1935, modernized by EPL-KONE in 1991)
  • Manchester Unity Building, Melbourne (1932, the first building in Victoria to have escalators)[4]

New Zealand

  • James Smith Building, 87 Manners Street, Wellington[5]
  • Wellesley Boutique Hotel, Wellington
  • Anvil House, 140 Wakefield Street, Wellington
  • Alice Building, Christchurch
  • Distinction Hotel, Palmerston North (1927)
  • 83 Moray Place, Dunedin
  • Moray Chambers, Moray Place, Dunedin


  • Eastern & Oriental (E&O) Hotel, George Town, Penang (1920s)
  • Georgetown Chambers, George Town, Penang (1923)

Other countries

  • 2 University Avenue, Lung Fu Shan, Hong Kong (1951)[6]
  • Elevador de Santa Justa, Lisbon, Portugal (1900s)[7][8]
  • Palace Hotel, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • London Sumatra (Lonsum) Building, Medan, Indonesia (1908)[9][10]


  • In Australia, some old Waygood Otis elevators are often contains the name Johns & Waygood, therefore they are often branded as "Johns & Waygood Otis".[11]
  • Waygood once built a water balance elevator on the cliff at Folkestone, Kent known as "The Leas Lift". It was built in 1885.
  • In Singapore and Malaysia, Waygood elevators were also installed by Central Engine Works Ltd.


See also


  1. Otis Worldwide - A Visual Timeline (jump to the 1950-1974 tab)
  2. 1930s Waygood Otis lifts at House of Fraser in Manchester. Some elevators have been modernized by Otis in the 1990's.
  3. Branded as "Standard Waygood". Fixtures modernized by Otis using old black buttons.
  4. Manchester Unity Building - Victorian Heritage Database
  5. Featuring old Lexan fixtures.
  6. Waygood Otis elevator in Hong Kong (installed when Hong Kong was British Hong Kong) (recorded by Vincent561967)
  7. Elevador de Santa Justa old deadman control (from Wikimedia Commons)
  8. Elevador Santa Justa - Lisbon
  9. The first elevator installed in Medan, and also believed to be the oldest elevator still operating in Indonesia.
  10. Photos of a London Sumatra Building elevator article taken from Kompas newspaper (April 24th 2016)
  11. An example of Johns & Waygood Otis elevator in Sydney, Australia

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