The National Lift Tower, Northampton, England
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National Lift Tower

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Please click on the pictures to view a document or film clip. The documents will require Adobe Reader and videos will open in your chosen video player (normally Windows Media Player)

Downloadable brochure giving an overview of the facilities and activities at the tower (PDF).

Historic photos of the tower during it's construction. Many thanks to David Crofts for donating them.

Clip from CBBC of presenter Naomi Wilkinson abseiling down the tower

Article in The Register (online magazine)

The One Show (filmed in late 2010)


A history of Express lifts until 1770 - 1982


Lifts for Service Afloat (SMS document, year uncertain)


Hand Operated Lifts and Hoists (1927 SMS brochure)


The programme for the visit of HRH Queen Elizabeth II to the tower. Kindly provided by Dave O'Brien of SafeLine.

A commemorative cover celebrating the opening of the tower by the Queen. Kindly provided by Dave O'Brien of SafeLine.

A commemorative postcard. Kindly provided by Dave O'Brien of SafeLine.


12th May 2016. New brochure available.


13th July 2015. Drone flight up the full height of the tower.


Lighting scheme press release 25th September 2014. Click here for pdf.


Superfast broadband in Northampton - we have recently partnered with a local company to provide superfast broadband into areas of Northampton that currently do not have coverage. The name of the company is Barton Broadband and the website is here. Please get in touch if you would like to find out if coverage is available in your area.

For information on booking abseils at the tower, please follow this link to an external website.