This short, conversational blog post is one of a series on ‘Object of the Month’. The series aims to raise awareness of the collections, encourage visits to the museum and promote local tourism.
It includes the keywords: heritage, history, Market Harborough, Harborough Museum
And here’s what they said:
“Susan has been great to work with and has helped develop content for and raise the profile of the Harborough Museum website.”
– Tim Savage, Leicestershire County Council
You can read my text below…
The Firefighter’s Helmet
Do you want to know more about Market Harborough’s firefighting heritage? Then pop into Harborough Museum and have a look at our fire station display.
This fireman’s helmet, from the early 20th century, is made from papier-mache. They were typically better for identification purposes than protection!
Stronger brass helmets were also used, but as these conducted electricity, they were normally only worn at ceremonies. Leather helmets, which were a lot safer, eventually replaced both. Phew!
A History of Firefighting in Harborough
Firefighting has been known in Market Harborough since 1679 when water was pumped manually from the Folly Pond, next to the present day fire station on Fairfield Road.
In 1870 a volunteer fire brigade was created with horse-drawn fire engines. But by the end of WWII locally organised fire brigades like this had been merged into the National Fire Service.
In 1903 a new fire station was built on Abbey Street which you can still see today with its distinctive red doors and polished tiles. Since the current fire station on Fairfield Road opened in 1989, the Abbey Street building has been home to a variety of businesses. Today it houses Keals and the Abbey Cottage Chinese.
Market Harborough – Christmas Shopping Heaven!
Harborough is a haven for both shoppers and foodies with many quirky, independent retailers and numerous eating places – ideal for your Christmas shopping. On Abbey Street alone you can sample cuisine from Thailand, China, Spain and the US A, find vintage gifts and new shoes plus have your hair done! Why not come and make use of the free weekend parking throughout December?