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« on: October 29, 2012, 12:16:14 PM »

Fire Engine West Malling  - exiting the old fire station in the High Street where Tesco is now

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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2012, 12:56:30 PM »

I thought Tesco was on the site of a pub? Forgotten the name though.
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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2012, 16:56:36 PM »

Fire Engine West Malling  - exiting the old fire station in the High Street where Tesco is now

I've recently bought a DVD of a short film of WM from 1956 which shows an engine leaving the Fire Station.

The station was demolished to make way for Tescos whether a pub was as well or not I'm not sure but the film did show a pub sign whose name I didn't recognise but not it's location.


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« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2012, 17:30:21 PM »

The Fire Station was demolished along with the George Hotel and they built................A TESCO METRO - progress...........!!
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« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2012, 17:51:33 PM »

The Fire Station was demolished along with the George Hotel and they built................A TESCO METRO - progress...........!!

It was a 'Cartiers Frozen Foods' shop before Tescos bought them out and changed the name.

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« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2012, 20:08:05 PM »

Thanks Clive H , remembered it as Cartiers and pretty sure I went in the George to help remove the dispense kit when it closed -would be 1974
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« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2012, 10:23:03 AM »

WM High Street - photo of the George Hotel and the Fire Station.

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« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2012, 08:36:23 AM »

WM High Street - photo of the George Hotel and the Fire Station.

Great photo John Chiltz. Any idea of the date?

The shop next to the Fire Station has always been a chemists since I've known it (Steadman's I think?). Any idea what it was then?
There's now an alleyway between that shop and Tescos which leads to a car park.

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« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2012, 09:22:50 AM »

When I was on the West Malling Parish Council I had a chance to read through some of the old Council Minute Books and I remember seeing some entries from the 1890's where the fire engine had been called out to various neighboring parishes such as Ryarsh and Offham. West Malling PC  charged the other parishes for these call-outs based on the distance travelled and number of men employed. Unfortunately my old memory can't recall any exact amounts but I think they averaged about £15 a time.

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« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2017, 13:37:22 PM »

West Malling Fire Brigade in 1933. The appliance was manufactured by Dennis.  My step-grandfather Frank Salmon, was the Captain. He is on the right wearing the peaked cap & the braid.

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« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2017, 13:44:07 PM »

West Malling Fire Brigade, seemingly at a 'button hole function'. Probably about 1950.
Top row left to right. Charlie Taylor. Roy Newman. Frank Salmon (Captain). Len Brimstead.
Front row left to right. William (Dink) Kelvie. Reg Brimstead. Roger Ritchie. Fred Read.

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« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2017, 17:45:41 PM »

This old photograph is of the West Malling Fire Brigade, with a decorated horse drawn appliance. The photograph is believed to have been taken on 22 June 1897, to mark the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria.

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« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2017, 18:13:25 PM »

This rather sad picture is of a Fireman's funeral in West Malling, which is thankfully not a common sight these days. The picture was taken in September 1950. Most of the buildings are still recognisable today.

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« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2017, 08:09:27 AM »

That's an interesting photograph, but sad too. Any idea of who the deceased fireman was, and what happened?
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« Reply #14 on: April 20, 2017, 09:16:17 AM »

The Fireman was Reginald Alfred Brimstead.
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