197, Chiswick High Road

From: Gill Clegg’s Chiswick History Web Pages:

“…The High Road was lit by gas from 1841 and bodies such as the Chiswick Improvement Commissioners, then the Chiswick Local Board, replaced by the Chiswick Urban District Council in 1894 took over responsibilities from the parish council. There was a police station from 1865, a public library in 1890, a purpose-built fire station (1891), sewage works (1879) and a local paper from 1895…”

From: A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 7, Acton, Chiswick, Ealing and Brentford, West Twyford, Willesden. Originally published by Victoria County History, London (1982):

“…A parish fire engine was to be repaired in 1781 and was the responsibility of the sexton and beadle in 1804, being kept then or later in a shed near the church. The local board employed a volunteer fire brigade, with contingents for Turnham Green and Chiswick, in 1888 and opened a new fire station, mortuary, and parish depot on the south side of the high road in 1891. The station had a new steam engine in 1891 and a motor fire escape and ambulance in 1911, when it was claimed to be one of the best equipped near London. From 1937 the fire services in Chiswick High Road used a former market near by and the adjoining Linden House, before moving to a station which had replaced Christ Church Vicarage, Heathfield Gardens, in 1963…”

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