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Hosepipe Collection

"Hosepipe: The Lifeline in the Hands of Heroes" In moments of peril

Background imageHosepipe Collection: Heroic fireman rescuing girl from fire

Heroic fireman rescuing girl from fire
Heroic fireman rescuing a girl from a fire

Background imageHosepipe Collection: London firefighters at work in Hampstead High Street

London firefighters at work in Hampstead High Street
London firefighters at work outside a Woolworths building in Hampstead High Street, north-west London (11 May 1946). General aerial view of the front of the premises after the fire has been

Background imageHosepipe Collection: Heroic fireman rescuing girl from fire

Heroic fireman rescuing girl from fire
Heroic fireman rescuing a girl from a fire. Date: 19th century

Background imageHosepipe Collection: Firefighters in action, Eagle Street, London WC1

Firefighters in action, Eagle Street, London WC1
Firefighters in action at a fire in Eagle Street, London WC1, 0738 hrs, 9 June 1955. In the initial stages an attempt was made to take a line of hose into the first floor via a loading bay door

Background imageHosepipe Collection: Blitz in London -- St Bride Street, Farringdon Street, WW2

Blitz in London -- St Bride Street, Farringdon Street, WW2
Blitz in London -- St Bride Street and Farringdon Street, with firefighters at work in a smoky atmosphere and pedestrians walking by

Background imageHosepipe Collection: Fire at 298 Old Brompton Road, London SW5

Fire at 298 Old Brompton Road, London SW5, 25 February 1956. An escape ladder is extended to the second floor, with Sub Officer Kirby of A9 Fulham carrying a 19-month-old child

Background imageHosepipe Collection: Henry Simonis & Co fire appliance, Nuremberg, Germany

Henry Simonis & Co fire appliance, Nuremberg, Germany
A Henry Simonis & Co fire appliance, parked on a street in Nuremberg, Germany

Background imageHosepipe Collection: Blitz in Plymouth -- St Andrews Parish Church, WW2

Blitz in Plymouth -- St Andrews Parish Church, WW2
Blitz in Plymouth -- the smouldering remains of St Andrews Parish Church, bombed and badly damaged in March 1941. The church was restored, and reconsecrated in November 1957

Background imageHosepipe Collection: Blitz in London -- turntable ladder in operation, WW2

Blitz in London -- turntable ladder in operation, WW2
Blitz in London -- turntable ladder in operation, with firefighter and hose

Background imageHosepipe Collection: Blitz in London -- AFS firefighter on ladder, WW2

Blitz in London -- AFS firefighter on ladder, WW2
Blitz in London -- an AFS firefighter on a ladder with hose attached, in a training exercise at HQ

Background imageHosepipe Collection: LCC-LFB Leyland Metz 100 foot turntable ladder

LCC-LFB Leyland Metz 100 foot turntable ladder
Lambeths (D61) turntable ladder at its base station, displayed in the Brigade headquarters drill yard. The hose line, when the TL is used as a water tower

Background imageHosepipe Collection: Henry Simonis & Co fire appliances, Nuremberg, Germany

Henry Simonis & Co fire appliances, Nuremberg, Germany
Two Henry Simonis & Co fire appliances on a street in Nuremberg, Germany

Background imageHosepipe Collection: Self-propelled fire engine at LFB Southwark HQ

Self-propelled fire engine at LFB Southwark HQ
A self-propelled fire engine at LFB Southwark Headquarters, with firemen training

Background imageHosepipe Collection: Scammell pump in Orange Street, London W1, WW2

Scammell pump in Orange Street, London W1, WW2
Scammell 65-gallon pump in operation, supplying water to four hosepipes, at a fire in Orange Street, London W1, 21 September 1942

Background imageHosepipe Collection: Firefighters taking part in a hose training drill

Firefighters taking part in a hose training drill
Two firefighters taking part in a hose training drill

Background imageHosepipe Collection: Blitz in London -- damaged fire vehicle, WW2

Blitz in London -- damaged fire vehicle, WW2
Blitz in London -- a firefighting vehicle damaged by falling debris in Alderney Street, Victoria SW1

Background imageHosepipe Collection: Two firefighters at King George V Dock, East London

Two firefighters at King George V Dock, East London
Two firefighters in action at No.9 Shed, King George V Dock, Port of London Authority, East London (E16), on 29 December 1974 -- a 30-pump fire

Background imageHosepipe Collection: LFB major control unit in operation at a fire

LFB major control unit in operation at a fire
LFB firefighters in action, and a major Control Unit vehicle in attendance at a fire, 7 October 1955. The Control Unit had its own dedicated operational staff

Background imageHosepipe Collection: Firefighters in action with hosepipes, Shad Thames, SE1

Firefighters in action with hosepipes, Shad Thames, SE1
Firefighters in action with hosepipes at night, at a fire in Shad Thames, 19 February 1958, at the premises of Corry & Co, showing the Gainsford Street/Maguire Street corner of the building

Background imageHosepipe Collection: Blitz in London -- Glengall Road, Peckham, WW2

Blitz in London -- Glengall Road, Peckham, WW2
Blitz in London -- Glengall Road, Peckham, SE London, 12 September 1940. Date: 1940

Background imageHosepipe Collection: Blitz in London -- Chambers Wharf, Bermondsey, WW2

Blitz in London -- Chambers Wharf, Bermondsey, WW2
Blitz in London -- firefighters in action with fire engines and hosepipes at Chambers Wharf, Bermondsey Wall, on 12 August 1944. Date: 1944

Background imageHosepipe Collection: New German incendiary bomb by G. H. Davis

New German incendiary bomb by G. H. Davis
Details of the new German explosive incendiary bomb produced during the Second World War. Explanatory drawings showing how the bomb is constructed, and the proper methods of tackling it. Date: 1942

Background imageHosepipe Collection: Blitz in London -- Old Compton Street, WW2

Blitz in London -- Old Compton Street, WW2
Blitz in London -- firefighters in action in Old Compton Street, W1, where a gas main was ignited by a high explosive bomb and buildings were damaged by the blast, 24 February 1944

Background imageHosepipe Collection: Firefighters in action in Commercial Road, East London

Firefighters in action in Commercial Road, East London
Firefighters in action with hosepipes at business premises, 81/85 Commercial Road, East London, 18 June 1957. The first floor, a large tailors workshop

Background imageHosepipe Collection: NFS - Home Office hose tests at Wimbledon, WW2

NFS - Home Office hose tests at Wimbledon, WW2
London Region NFS/AFS firefighters assisting in Home Office trials to improve water delivery systems to emergency dams and onto fires after the fire service was nationalised in August 1941

Background imageHosepipe Collection: Blitz in the City of London - AFS firefighters, WW2

Blitz in the City of London - AFS firefighters, WW2
Blitz in the City of London - AFS firefighters at work with hoses following a bombing raid. Date: 1940s

Background imageHosepipe Collection: LFB firefighters in multi-hose display

LFB firefighters in multi-hose display
LFB firefighters in a multi-hose display at headquarters, with pumping machine and vehicle

Background imageHosepipe Collection: Firefighters wearing breathing equipment

Firefighters wearing breathing equipment on the street, one of them drinking a mug of tea

Background imageHosepipe Collection: LFB Dennis F101 appliance with hose ramps

LFB Dennis F101 appliance with hose ramps
LFB Dennis F101 appliance with brackets fitted to the rear to carry hose ramps

Background imageHosepipe Collection: Firefighting at Eccleston Place, Victoria, London SW1

Firefighting at Eccleston Place, Victoria, London SW1
Firefighting at the Scripture Gift Mission, Naval & Military Bible Society, Eccleston Place, Victoria, London, on 23 April 1956, where there had also been an explosion

Background imageHosepipe Collection: Blitz in City of London -- Newgate Street, WW2

Blitz in City of London -- Newgate Street, WW2
Blitz in the City of London -- three firefighters in action with a hosepipe outside Newgate Street post office, 30 December 1940

Background imageHosepipe Collection: Crew of the Bexleyheath Fire Brigade, Kent

Crew of the Bexleyheath Fire Brigade, Kent, with fire engine and hose

Background imageHosepipe Collection: Firefighters in action with hosepipes, London

Firefighters in action with hosepipes, London
Firefighters in action with hosepipes at a blazing fire, London

Background imageHosepipe Collection: Hundreds of firefighters wer call to to tackle the fire at the four-storey Howards

Hundreds of firefighters wer call to to tackle the fire at the four-storey Howards Furnishing Stores at Clayton Street West, Newcastle

Background imageHosepipe Collection: Crowds of spectators watch the fire at W E Harkers Furniture shop in Grainger Street

Crowds of spectators watch the fire at W E Harkers Furniture shop in Grainger Street, Newcastle

Background imageHosepipe Collection: London Fire Brigade Firemen Firefighting Firefighters

London Fire Brigade Firemen Firefighting Firefighters
london, fire, brigade, firemen, firefighting, firefighters, lfb, light, alloy, hose, hoses, hosepipe, hosepipes, ramps, ramp, protect, protecting, protection, marked, dead, slow, equipment, metal

Background imageHosepipe Collection: LFB light alloy hose ramps

LFB light alloy hose ramps, marked DEAD SLOW -- one pair of four-foot end sections assembled to bridge two lines of 2.75 inch hose

Background imageHosepipe Collection: LFB firefighters in action in a London street

LFB firefighters in action in a London street
LFB firefighters in action with ladders and hoses at a fire in a London street. Date: mid-20th century

Background imageHosepipe Collection: London Fire Brigade firemen on a fireboat, River Thames

London Fire Brigade firemen on a fireboat, River Thames
London Fire Brigade firemen operating a hosepipe on a fireboat on the River Thames, with St Pauls Cathedral in the background. Date: circa 1940s

Background imageHosepipe Collection: LCC-LFB Leyland Metz 100 foot turntable ladder

LCC-LFB Leyland Metz 100 foot turntable ladder
Lambeths (D61) turntable ladder on display in a park. The hose line, when the TL is used as a water tower, is lying over the side of the extending ladders ready for use. Date: circa 1950s

Background imageHosepipe Collection: Carriages on the Champs Elysees

Carriages on the Champs Elysees
WAT52143 Carriages on the Champs Elysees by Stein, Georges (1818-90); Private Collection; Waterhouse & Dodd, London, UK; French, out of copyright

Background imageHosepipe Collection: Advertisement for the Hayes Pump and Planter Company (colour litho)

Advertisement for the Hayes Pump and Planter Company (colour litho)
3105418 Advertisement for the Hayes Pump and Planter Company (colour litho) by American School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageHosepipe Collection: The Times, Plate I, illustration from Hogarth Restored

The Times, Plate I, illustration from Hogarth Restored
STC451239 The Times, Plate I, illustration from Hogarth Restored: The Whole Works of the celebrated William Hogarth, re-engraved by Thomas Cook, pub

Background imageHosepipe Collection: Strange method of managing a madman; A maniac chloroformed (engraving)

Strange method of managing a madman; A maniac chloroformed (engraving)
736077 Strange method of managing a madman; A maniac chloroformed (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageHosepipe Collection: Street Cleaner, Washington Square (pastel on paper)

Street Cleaner, Washington Square (pastel on paper)
BRN405166 Street Cleaner, Washington Square (pastel on paper) by Glackens, William James (1870-1938); The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; eBarnes Foundation; American

Background imageHosepipe Collection: Open Day at Cambridge Fire Station, 13th August 1988

Open Day at Cambridge Fire Station, 13th August 1988

Background imageHosepipe Collection: Damage by an air raid in Hill Street, Birmingham, West Midlands. Circa April 1941

Damage by an air raid in Hill Street, Birmingham, West Midlands. Circa April 1941

Background imageHosepipe Collection: Cooling off after training in a heatwave are Leicester City footballers Steve Kember

Cooling off after training in a heatwave are Leicester City footballers Steve Kember (right) and Brian Anderson. 4th August 1975



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"Hosepipe: The Lifeline in the Hands of Heroes" In moments of peril, a hosepipe becomes more than just a tool; it transforms into a lifeline that connects bravery and hope. Picture this: a heroic fireman fearlessly charging through billowing flames to rescue a young girl trapped inside. With unwavering determination, he battles the inferno, his trusty hosepipe an extension of his courage. Firefighters in action on Eagle Street, London WC1 during World War II's Blitz. Amidst chaos and destruction, these brave souls fought tirelessly to protect lives and preserve their city's spirit. Their hoses became symbols of resilience as they battled against relentless fires that threatened to consume everything in their path. St Andrews Parish Church in Plymouth bore witness to the horrors of war during the Blitz. Yet amidst the rubble and devastation stood firefighters armed with their hoses, ready to combat the flames that sought to destroy history itself. London's St Bride Street and Farringdon Street were once battlegrounds during World War II's Blitz. But amid darkness and despair emerged rays of light as courageous firefighters maneuvered turntable ladders fitted with powerful hoses. These heroes defied danger, extinguishing fires that threatened cherished landmarks. Even across borders, hosepipes united heroes in their quest for safety. In Nuremberg, Germany, Henry Simonis & Co fire appliances roared into action when disaster struck. Firefighters valiantly wielded hoses against raging flames - proof that unity knows no boundaries when it comes to saving lives. The streets of London witnessed countless tales etched within its history books – one being 298 Old Brompton Road where fire ravaged buildings but not spirits. Here too was where fearless firefighters climbed ladders with precision while dousing towering infernos with water from their trusted ally - the hosepipe. Training drills honed firefighter skills as they mastered every aspect of handling this vital tool for saving lives.