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Born: Holloway Fire Station

My husband’s great-grandfather, Philip Reuby, was born in Cork, and moved to London sometime before 1861. The 1881 census shows him as a fireman, and several of his children are shown as being born in Holloway Fire Station.

Holloway Fire Station

Holloway Fire Station

As can be seen in this modern photo, there was accommodation above –  as this was only about ten years after the development of the telephone, it must have been common for fire crews to live on site. Hardly restful for the wives and families though.

Holloway Fire Station is now a community centre. London Fire Brigade has a photo gallery which shows some of the personnel, equipment and uniforms of the time.



One thought on “Born: Holloway Fire Station

  1. I think this Philip Reuby was my great grandfather too. My dad (Philip George Reuby, born in 1916) always said his family were originally from County Cork – and the dates would work.

    Posted by Louise Rees (nee Reuby) | November 14, 2012, 10:52 pm

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