Our History

From a small Cambridgeshire town, Welch’s Crane Hire was born in 1952. Since then, our journey has been an exciting one; taking us right across the UK while keeping our family-run team central to everything we do.


Welch Crane Hire Timeline
  • 1952
  • 1972
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2016

With 1952 came the start of Welch’s Crane Hire. Offering contract, urban and boat lifts from our depot in Stapleford, Cambs.

1972 saw the lift of a German Junkter Fuselage into the Imperial War Museum, Duxford for restoration. Our team saw the lift through the entire process and we continue to work with the Imperial War Museum today.

Welch’s Crane Hire came together with our Specialist Movements division at the St Ives depot. This relocation allowed our team to utilise our capabilities and offer a wider range of lifting and moving opportunities across the UK.

41 years later, once again we were asked to lift the same, German Junkter Fuselage at the Imperial War Museum.

Martin Burgess took on the Appointed Person’s course through Leibherr, Biggleswade.

Our Operations Supervisor, Julie Payne, gains her Slinger Signaller qualification to improve the customer experience.