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LCC-LFB Bishopsgate fire station, City of London

Bishopsgate fire station, located at 162 Bishopsgate, City of London, 10 July 1904, showing the combination of horse drawn and mechanised fire engines. The horseless engine is a self-propelled fire engine called the Fire-King with a top speed of 25 miles per hour and weight of 5.5 tons. The station finally closed in 1964 with the opening of the new Barbican fire station

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This photograph, taken on 10 July 1904, showcases the historic Bishopsgate Fire Station located at 162 Bishopsgate in the City of London. The image beautifully encapsulates the era of transition from horse-drawn to mechanized firefighting appliances. In the foreground, London Fire Brigade (LFB) firemen are seen turning out a horse-drawn fire engine, while in the background, a modern, horseless fire engine called the Fire-King takes center stage. The Fire-King, a self-propelled fire engine, was a groundbreaking innovation for the LFB. Weighing in at 5.5 tons and boasting a top speed of 25 miles per hour, it was a significant departure from the traditional horse-drawn appliances. The Fire-King represented the future of firefighting, offering greater mobility and efficiency. The Bishopsgate Fire Station, which finally closed its doors in 1964 with the opening of the new Barbican fire station, served as a crucial hub for firefighting services in the City of London during the Edwardian era. The combination of horse-drawn and mechanized fire engines in this photograph is a testament to the evolution of firefighting technology and the dedication of the brave firemen and firewomen who served their community. This photograph is a unique snapshot of history, offering a glimpse into the past as firefighting services adapted to meet the changing needs of the city. The image is part of the extensive collection of the Mary Evans Picture Library and is a must-see for those interested in London's history, firefighting, and the evolution of transportation.

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