First I must thank those who encouraged me so much.
In particular Dorothy my wife who saw me through the many times
when at my age I despaired of ever understanding the art of Web
I must also thank my son Kevin who took on the task of teaching
someone who barely understood computers let alone the web. He always
had a minute or two ( perhaps I don't understand time either) to
design a tip sheet or some other aid for my use.
for 30 yrs in Hampshire Fire Brigade, now the Hampshire Fire and
the last 13 years as the officer in charge of Winchester Fire Station.
I also covered Andover when the officer in charge of that station
was off duty or committed elsewhere so I knew that area passably
well but not in the detail expected of the officer in charge.
Finding the log
My luck began when I found
the log-book up in the roof space of Winchester Fire Station,
I was instructed to burn the Log Book in the boiler but when I objected
I was told I could keep it and I did.
These web pages are the result.
Treatment of Log Pages
I now present the andover-fire-log as it was written all those
years ago. I have retained it's spelling, and hand wriggling and
have faithfully displayed each page as written
I have tried to be helpful to three categories of readers,
1 Those with a brigade background who read the original entry as
written can compare it with today's detail.
2 For those who have an interest but little or no background knowledge
I have tried to add a short explanation,
3 For those who seek to research the aspect of a towns history involving
fire, all the detail is there.in detail Names, addresses including
mention of their involvement in court proceedings those too are
included without I hope causing offence.
Where archive comment has been located and is of interest, Generally
in the Andover Advertiser or in books I have added it in type written
If a particular aspect of station life interests you will notice
that I have added symbols in the summary aiding, I hope your research
The work of making this record public via the web was not easy.
Where there are errors they are mine Where I have embarrass someone
that too is my fault Where you find it useful the length of time
it took to display it was a small price to pay
I hope I have achieved my object in making if available to a much
1902 Rules and Regulations
This is a copy of the
enacted rules and regulations,
Published for the guidance of committees and control of the staff
and the recovery of costs it includes amendment enacted in 1905
schedule of charges, published in 1902, with amendments
The original is in poor condition this is a copy
Horses and Transport
The process of getting to the fire had to be resolved. In 1908
there was public concern but after a press campaign by Andover Advertiser
highlighted the Brigades Failings. A solution was eventually found
no doubt there was some hard negotiating and like all changes
there will have been protracted debate in committee and council.
These problems are highlighted in 1908 4th March, 31st March, 29th
June, 18th August
Horse Charges 1901-1916
These two pages are entries in the log I have presented them as
one page. They record the calls from 25th
May 1901 until 4th February 1916 it also records the horsing and
cost of each turn out and total expenditure for the past sixteen
years the reason for the entry is is not recorded nor are their
full addresses. They give a word picture of brigade activities and
I shall try to resolve some of the detail in due course.
Call Bells to Alert Firemen
Installed in 1902 This log contains copies of the contract number,
details of the firemen connected including addresses, the cost,
and also records the same information for the next 14 years including
any changes of addresses.
It covers four log pages.