Powys Digital History Project

Fire Brigade 2
A typical incident

From the reporter's notebooks
The notebooks of local reporter J.W. Newell (whose family were well known local shopkeepers), record a typical fire of the kind attended by the horse-drawn, hand-pumped appliance shown in the photograph on the previous page
Extract from
the notebook of
J.W. Newell by kind
permission of Mrs
Cherry Leversedge
Reporter's notebook entry

The report (submitted to the Western Mail) reads as follows:
"About 2am P.C. Price discovered that a rick of hay, belonging to Mr W.H. Weaver of the Barley Mow was on fire in the yard adjoining the Railway Station. Luckily there was no wind stirring or the fire would have proved disastrous by igniting the other stacks. Although the rick was literally enveloped in flame, thanks the V.F. [Volunteer Fire] Brigade, with the two engines, the fire was eventually extinguished. It is supposed that the hay caught fire owing to its having been insufficiently made.
Oct. 4. 1880"

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