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The Newham Story => Books, Films & TV => Topic started by: MickG on 29 March, 2019, 04:29:31 PM

Title: New Book on the History of West Ham Fire Brigade
Post by: MickG on 29 March, 2019, 04:29:31 PM

There is a new book being launched on the 30th March on the history of West Ham Fire Brigade

This book looks at the development of West Ham as part of the wider East London area, and how West Ham’s position influenced the development of its fire brigade.
 From haphazard arrangements under the old parish vestry system in the 1850s, the book tells the story of the development of systematic public services, such as the fire brigade, during the period of rapid industrialisation and development after the coming of the railways in the late 1830s.
 Many new industries were located in West Ham including those smelly, offensive and dangerous trades no longer permitted in London proper after the mid 1840s. The area east of the River Lea saw many industrial innovations in petrol, chemicals and early plastics as well as the refining of products in the docks from the trade of the Empire, most notably rubber and sugar.
 All this had an impact on the fire brigade, which had to professionalise rapidly to meet all the risks in the borough. West Ham Fire Brigade became known as an innovator in equipment and techniques – and faced its greatest challenge ever in the 1940s with the Blitz on the London docks.
 After the period of the National Fire Service in the War, the Brigade returned to West Ham Council control and survived until April 1965 when it became part of the London Fire Brigade.

Due out on 30th March. £14.99 + £2.95 UK postage (£17.94)
 However a discounted price of £12.99 + £2.95 UK postage (£15.94)
 will apply to orders received by 30th April. Contact Peter at or send cheque to Peter Williams
 at 71 Lorne Road, London E7 0LL or paypal to

About 140 pages, about 150 black and white and 15 colour photographs.
Title: Re: New Book on the History of West Ham Fire Brigade
Post by: harry on 29 March, 2019, 05:24:20 PM
Hi Mick should be a very interesting read for me as my great grandfather was one  of those employed by the by the Royal Society For The Protection  of life  By Fire as a Fire Conductor in the East End Of London which was one of the forerunners of life saving from fire with his mobile safety ladder and canvas chute, this I believe was well before any thing like the Fire Brigade.   Regards Harry.I
Title: Re: New Book on the History of West Ham Fire Brigade
Post by: ed styles on 30 March, 2019, 08:52:44 PM
Mick ,  slightly off the subject , did you know a Fireman at East Ham called Johnny Weightman I knew him in New Zealand .

All the best Ed
Title: Re: New Book on the History of West Ham Fire Brigade
Post by: MickG on 31 March, 2019, 12:26:34 PM
Ed, I do not know him by name, but possibly would recognise him by sight. I don't think he was on the same watch as mine where contact with colleagues on other stations is most likely.