My Grandfather – Lift Engineer and Electrician.

My grandfather worked for a company based in Calvin Street, Shoreditch, East London. He spent most of his working life as a lift engineer / electrician in London.




Pre and post WW2. Here he is in action, working on machinery that must now be very very old!

My Grandfather - Electrician

My Grandfather – Electrician

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Malcolm Oakley - East London History - A Guide to London's East End.

I grew up on the fringes of London's true East End and have been fascinated by the ever changing history and landscape of the area.

Visitors and tourists to London may only ever explore the City centre but for those that care to travel further east, a rich and rewarding travel adventure awaits. So much of London's history owes a debt to the East End. Colourful characters, famous architecture, hidden treasures of changing life over the years.

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4 comments on “My Grandfather – Lift Engineer and Electrician.
  1. Dawn says:

    How interesting Malcolm and nice to see a photo.

    My Step Father was also a Life Engineer working in London. Not sure which part – I know during his early working years he worked in some very posh shops in the West End. His apprenticeship was with Otis. He went on to work for Kone Marryat and Scott and then later Tyssens before retiring.

    It didn’t however restore my faith in lifts though and I always use the stairs!

  2. I’ve always been drawn to and fascinated by old photographs. Glad I stumbled upon your site! 🙂

  3. Couldn’t agree more, Im originally from Bow in East London and the values of the past were truly great but if Im in the area I cant help to just drive around for a while to see how it has developed over the years and what shops and bars have withstood that change like the salmon and bull in Bethnal Green

    • My biggest regret is not talking to my Grandfather more when he was still alive, about what life was like. He was born in 1916 and saw some great changes in East London. Just wish he had been someone who took photos at work but of course people didn’t really back then.

      Thanks for reading the blog, best wishes.

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