16th century: Historian David Starkey has found evidence that King Henry VIII had a rudimentary stairlift at Whitehall Palace. The monarch’s chair was hoisted up and down stairs by servants using a block and tackle system. 1920s: C. C. Crispen, a Philadelphian entrepreneur, produced the first commercial stairlift in 1923 to help an ill friend. Using rollers and a track that ran next to the stairs, Crispen’s creation wasn’t all that different to the modern stairlifts we see today. Design for Life is our brand new competition with Disability Rights UK – we want to hear about your ideas for an innovative product or solution that will help disabled people. Call us for a free initial consultation 0800 056 4110 Or we can call you back at a time of your choice Request a call back Phone lines are open 24/7, 365 days a year Contact us today For a free initial consultation Freephone 0800 056 4110 Prefer not to call? Use our form Your name* Your email* Your phone number* How can we help?* Enquiry type Court Of Protection Crime & Investigations Family Law Solicitors Employment Law Conveyancing & Property Solicitors Immigration Solicitors Medical Negligence Claims Personal Injury Claims Protecting Your Rights Wills, Trusts & Estates Solicitors This data will only be used by Irwin Mitchell for processing your query and for no other purpose.