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Fire Museum


The Fire Museum is based in a purpose built building at Watford Fire Station on Lower High Street (behind Tesco's and virtually opposite Watford Museum).

Two ex-fire officers, Roger Middleton and Ian Strudwick, look after the following:

  • An 1850s manual hand pump from Barley near Royston

  • A 1960s 50ft steel Merryweather escape, carried on the 1984 Dennis Water Tender Escape fire applicance based at Watford until 1994

  • An 1863 manual hand pump from the Tring Park Estate

  • An 1896 Shand-Mason horse-drawn steam fire pump, ex-London Fire Brigade

  • A 1900s hose cart, on loan from Watford Museum

  • A 1937 Leyland open-bodied pump escape, based at St Albans until the 1960s

  • A 1942 Dennis No.2 trailer pump, from Berkhamstead

  • A Second World War Scammell wheelbarrow pump

There is also a substantial collection of various items of fire service equipment, uniform and documents (old and new), with a large and varied photographic display of fire appliances, fire/incident scenes and local fire history.

We are always on the lookout for Fire Brigade memorabilia that deserves a good home and is perhaps currently gathering dust in a shed or attic.  We can be contacted by email: or by calling at the museum on Open Days.

The fire museum is open for 2023 on the following days:

27 May,
29 July
2 September 

The museum is open from 1pm - 4pm. 

There is limited parking at the rear of the museum, but no parking on 2 September 2023.

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