Powys Digital History Project

The Fire Brigade 1
'First, catch the horse!'

  Early volunteer force
The origins of the local firefighters are obscure, but a volunteer force is known to have been active in the late 19th century. 
Photograph by
kind permission
of Mrs Cherry
Fire brigade in 1890

 This photograph shows the brigade around 1890, in front of the Tanhouse by the River Lugg. The Captain of the team (left) is thought to be local man Joe Price. The appliance is horse drawn and appears to be hand-pumped. (The stacked material behind the team is probably tree-bark for the bark mill at the Tanhouse).

An old Radnorshire fireman was once asked about the procedure once the alarm had been raised. He replied, "First, catch the horse!"

There are 4 pages on the fire brigade. Use the box links below to view the other pages.