Fighting Fires


Church St Fire Engine Shed 1985Faringdon Market Hall 1910s 2The town’s first fire fighting appliance, the parish pump as it was called, was originally housed in a garage at the end of Church Street. The garage is marked on a map surveyed in 1876 and it was still there for the photo in 1985. By 1911 the appliance was kept under the Market Hall with Captain Haworth as superintendent and 12 men. A ladder and a net were added to the left side of the building for the firemen to practice getting down from a burning building.

Fire Engine 1904
1904. In field accessed from London Street next to Bull Public House. Dove Court now built on this site. Building at rear is the back of the Police Station in Coach Lane.
Fire Engine 1937
1937. In Bromsgrove.  A Morris Commercial Pumping Appliance and a Morris Commercial Personnel Carrier (the latter purchased by the fireman themselves)
Fire Engine C1940
c1940-45. The style of helmet they are wearing suggests that this was probably taken during World War II.
Fire Coleshill House 1952
1952. Fire at Coleshill House on 23rd September. The house had been the war time home of Churchill’s Auxiliary Unit. 15 fire appliances attended from 5 brigades.
Fire Engine 1954
1954. Faringdon firemen in Bromsgrove. Sid Taylor; Bill Stanton; Fred Kirby; Jim Sheppard; Bernie Stepp; Bill Goodenough; Herbie Page; Jim Turner; Harold Chapman
Fire Engine 1966
1966. Faringdon Fire Fighters: Sub Officer Boas Simpson; Leading Officer George Cornwell; Jack Fox; Desmond Ball; Maurice Woolford; Bernard Stepp.
Fire Barn Longcot 1966
1966. Faringdon Firemen attending fire at John Luker’s barn at Longcot.

1980, 1992, 2002, 2003 & 2014 – The photos below were taken at the new Faringdon Fire Station on Station Road – notice that by 1992 both men and women fire fighters are appearing in the photos.

Fire Service 1980Fire Service 1992Fire Service 2002Fire Service 2003Fire Service 2014