13 thoughts on “Eaglescliffe Fire Station c1944

  1. The Dennis Fire Engine registered number DPT 864 was registered in Durham in 1938. “1” was registered in April and “999” registered in December of that year. Therefore this must have been registered in the month of September or October or thereabouts.

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    • Having looked around Eaglescliffe using Google Earth’s Streetview, I think that the Fire Station was based in Elmwood Road. Go along Elmwood Road heading west, and look at the property on the corner of Beechwood Road at its junction with Elmwood Road. The size, design and location of the upper front windows, and the roof-line at the side, are identical with the house that appears in the Fire Station photo.
      The other photo shows houses behind the Fire Station with angular bay windows to the ground floor. These match those houses on the north side of Elmwood Road. A map of Elmwood Road in 1930 shows an area of open space on the north side of the road where the wooden garage could have been built for the Fire Service.

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      • Hi Cliff, great minds… 🙂
        (see my reply to Chris)
        On Google Street View, you can even see the dirt marks left on the brickwork by the black box that’s mounted near the right-hand window sill in the photo.

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  2. No idea but my father was one of the DRIVERS at the Stockton Fire Service and we are talking STOCKTON, not one of the nearby local places. I was born in Stockton and lived and grew up there until I got married, my mother was in her 100 year when she was taken from me just wish she could have reached the 100 card from the queen.

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    • Ref The comment from Margaret Fox was your father Freddie Fox if so he worked with myself Ronnie Dixon (killed whilst fighting a fire probably one of the best fire men I ever saw) Ken Jarvis, Arthur Abbot, Cyril Spears, Jim Boland. I mention these names because most of them were ex Navy. Peter Stainthorpe

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  3. I think this could be the small brick building next to the P&E Club on Albert Road and also next to The Locomotion pub ? It certainly looks possible on Google Earth Street View !

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  4. A beautiful Dennis possibly a Dart chassis pre war hence the starting handle. The Box Van behind with NFS painted on it (National Fire Service) as it was called during the War would be an Austin truck chassis.
    The Dennis went on to make Trucks and Fire Engines after the war producing a forward control cab version that fooled me the first time i got in, the gear box was the reverse of the standard truck box.
    Good reliable trucks with many different modes a lot became Municipal Vehicles with various uses, they also built Tanks and Carriers during the war.
    Another British Make that is now under the M.A.N. label.
    Frank.

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    • Dennis motors is still in business in Guildford, Surrey.
      They merged with Alexander coachbuilders to become Alexander Dennis and the group also includes Plaxtons from Scarborough. The group appear to be owned by NFI a Canadian outfit and not M.A.N which is, I believe a German manufacturer.

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  5. Very nostalgic and clear shots. (I once knew an eccentric man who actually owned TWO appliances very similar to the one here.) Can anyone advise where in Eaglescliffe was this fire station located, please?

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    • I have no idea where it was but having looked at these photos, I think it could have been on Elmwood Road. https://goo.gl/maps/VkwT91rctpSRPoFw6
      I can make the houses in the background of the first photo match up with those on the corner of Elmwood & Beechwood, which would place the Fire Station near where the shop is. The second photo has houses with bay windows which also matches the older properties on Elmwood Roadd. Just a guess. 🙂

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