Through the ages

​See some fascinating images of Northamptonshire's local fire brigades from the late 19th and early 20th century, kindly reproduced in digital format by our colleagues at the Northamptonshire Record Office from their online catalogue.

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  • Irthlingborough Irthlingborough

    ​Officers from Irthlingborough fire brigade with an engine

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  • Irthlingborough Irthlingborough

    ​​Officers from Irthlingborough fire brigade with a horse-drawn pump engine

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  • Long Buckby Long Buckby
    A steam pump machine from Long Buckby fire brigade

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  • Long Buckby Long Buckby
    Officers from Long Buckby fire brigade with a horse-drawn machine

    Archive ref: P/7020

  • Kettering Kettering
    An early automobile-based engine from Kettering fire brigade

    Archive ref: P/7019

  • Rushden Rushden

    ​A photograph of newly-built Rushden fire station


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  • Rushden Rushden
    Two officers from Rushden standing in front of a pump engine

    Archive ref: P/7018

  • Towcester Towcester

    ​A steam fire engine from the Towcester station

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