Fire in London


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    From Ackermann's Repository. London fires were not uncommon and it was usually due to the vigilance of the watchmen or 'charlies' that these were noticed. However as most watchmen were aged fellows this was not generally a reliable source of alarm. In this print there appears to be a watchman's box halfway across the bridge set in the railings.

    Below, the print from 1820 is entitled "The Noble Protectors of LIfe and Property 1820 and is reproduced from an engraving by R. G. Reeves dedicated to the London Insurance Offices - who generally ran the fire trucks for their members.

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