Lindfield Fire Brigade

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The Lindfield Fire Brigade was formed by the Parish Council in 1899.  A new horse drawn Merryweather Greenwich Gem steam fire engine was purchased by the Council at a total cost of £276-15s-0d in March 1910.  This resulted in a search to find a suitable building in which to house the new engine.

The redundant former stables of Pear Tree House, at the rear of the King Edward Hall site, were offered by the Hall Committee to the Council for use as a fire station.  Following an inspection in July 1910, the Council agreed to lease the building at an annual rent of £5-0s-0d.

The interior of the building was fitted out with match-boarding to a height of seven feet with shelf above, which remains in place to this day.  The doors were duly painted bright red and Lindfield became the proud owners of a new fire station.

The Lindfield Fire Brigade continued to serve the village until the mid 1930s when it was disbanded upon fire cover being provided by the Fire Service from stations in South Road and New England Road, Haywards Heath.

Auxiliary Fire Service

With the advent of World War Two additional wartime cover was required for Lindfield and the old fire station was pressed into service again as an Auxiliary Fire Station.  Electric light and a heater were installed and the building fitted out with sleeping quarters.

The firemen rather quaintly named it ‘Ye Olde’ Lyndfielde Firemen’s Dugout’.  The names of the WWII firemen were painted above their uniform hooks on the original 1910 match-board lined walls and remain to this day.

Lindfield AFS was equipped with a 1932 Chevrolet 30cwt truck and two new trailer pumps.  The air raid warning siren for the village was mounted above the building.  The Fire Station was again closed at the end of the war.

 

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