The elevator was invented in England? Ha! The first one had been built here at Versailles. Only it was a secret elevator; consequently, the English could claim the idea for themselves, and nobody said anything. Louis XV didn’t want anyone to know about his invention, so that Madam Chateauroux, as early as 1743, could discretely come into the king’s apartment. Later on the elevator was as discretely disassembled, and then in 1751 re-assembled again, this time for Madame Pompadour; she too had to have one, due to the history of respiratory distress.