- first half of twentieth century (Creation)
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The Fire Brigade in the first half of the C20th
BAD444 The Town Hall seen from the south east in the 1980s. The ground floor arcades are nearly all windows. The gents toilets are on the south side where the fire engine used to be housed and the ladies on the east. The fire siren is still under the eaves on the south side. Upstairs, West Ox Arts rent the space. The far side of the Market Square the Market Square Garage is visible. The clock donated by Squire Southby that used to be on the Town Hall is on the front panel of the garage, unfortunately hidden from view here by the Town Hall.
Img090 The south aspect of the Town Hall prior to the 1972 restoration of the building. An addition was put on to the south side of the Town Hall to accommodate the new Bedford TK chassis fire appliance which was too long to be able to shut the original doors. The new machine meant all equipment could be carried on the engine for the first time and it had a water tank able to hold 200 gallons of water.
BA4424 Bampton Fire Brigade seen leaving St Mary The Virgin in Bampton after a memorial service for Edward VII in 1910
FIREBRI1 The Fire Brigade schedule of charges at March 1929
FIREBRI2 Fire Brigade Rules and Scale of Charges
A969 Williams family, Os Williams centre back, 1890s. Os was in the local fire brigade
A614 Back of a postcard which shows, on the other side, the Bampton crew taking part in the National Shield competition at Crystal Palace in 1904 which they won.
A615 Back of a postcard which shows 'Fire Brigade with Shields and Cups'
A639a Outside Bampton Town Hall Fire Station. L.to R. Cripps. Fox. Jesse King. Fox. (1 of the Fox's is Mavis Green's Grandfather). T.A. Constable. Cambria Williams. Dick Rose. Edward. J. (Ted) Green. George (Pet) Townsend. Alec Townsend. Eustace.
A749 Fire brigade at Bampton Town Hall. They used to hang the hoses from the top of the Town Hall to dry out and one is still hanging while another one is being rolled up. The appliance was kept in the Town Hall and the doors of the area are standing open with the appliance outside
A936 Bampton Fire Brigade, outside Bampton Town Hall which used to house the fire appliance. This was the gathering of firemen to mark the passing of Cambria Williams who served the fire service for decades and was in charge when they won the National Shield at Crystal Palace in 1904
Img409 The congregation leaving St Mary The Virgin after the memorial service for King Edward VII who died May 6th 1910. The banner belonging to the Foresters is being carried. The fire brigade are leading the exit from church. Notice all the large black hats worn by the ladies.
Img873 Fire station in the Town Hall; an extension had to be built to accommodate the longer, new fire appliance which allowed the fire crew to have all their equipment with them on the appliance and it carried 200 gallons of water. The clock on the roof of the Town Hall was a gift in memory of Squire Southby. The fire siren is under the eaves on the south wall of the Town Hall.
Img291 The Town Hall with the east room used to house the fire appliance. The firemen are hoisting up their hoses to drain them out. Note the arches of the Town Hall have been filled in on the west and south sides. Little girls watching the firemen have white over-pinafores on.
Img514 People leaving St Mary's after a memorial service for King Edward VII with the town's firemen leading the people out from the church grounds. As people are in black, it must be his death in 1909 that they are commemorating.
Img769 Extract of an article in the Witney Gazette - an elderly person recalls the time Bampton Fire Brigade won the National Trophy at Crystal Palace in 1904
Img771 Extract of an article in the Witney Gazette - an elderly person recalls the time Bampton Fire Brigade won the National Trophy at Crystal Palace in 1904
Img772 Extract of an article in the Witney Gazette - an elderly person recalls the time Bampton Fire Brigade won the National Trophy at Crystal Palace in 1904
Img773 Extract of an article in the Witney Gazette - an elderly person recalls the time Bampton Fire Brigade won the National Trophy at Crystal Palace in 1904
Img051 & 052 This was part of a church parade of many firemen in Basingstoke. The number 17 is written on the picture so it may have been taken in 1917; certainly, the dress of the public would fit this date.
Img361 A report of the annual Fire Brigade dinner attended by 75 people. Chair was taken by Major the Hon E Forester supported by Vicar GEC Rodwell. The National Challenge Shield for manual engine drills was won this year at Ramsgate and the District Shield at the West Midland District Competition at Melksham. Chief officer Cambria Williams was awarded a long service medal along with fireman Fox, both having given 30 years of service and Lieutenant Rose for 25 years.
Img365 A newspaper article recording the death of Cambria Williams in May 1931. He had been a member of the fire brigade since its inception 53 years previously and for most of the time was its Chief fire officer. He was also Clerk to the Parish Council
Img371 Oxford Mail October 1929. A photograph of Bampton Fire Brigade's new motor pump which replaces a 53 year old manual pump. A second picture showing the men testing/practising with the new motor pump.
Img372 Bampton Fire Brigade regulations 1897
Img376 A History of Bampton Fire Brigade. Parish records began in 1896 and from then until 1947 the Parish Council ran the brigade. In 1947 all equipment was standardised throughout the county and all counties used the same things so there was no longer a problem with fittings.
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- Bampton Community Archive (Creator)