|From the 17th Century up to the 19th
Century the ability to effectively fight fires in buildings had always
been a major
problem which invariably resulted in the property being completely
In the early centuries the only means of fighting the fires were with buckets of water carried from a suitable sited water tank. Later mobile hand lever operated pumps with fixed hoses were used. It wasn't until later in the 19th century that Country Houses were able to install wet riser fire mains complete with landing valves and hoses, and having the necessary nozzles to provide a jet of water on to the fire. For fighting a small fire Hose Reels directly connected to the fire main would be used to limit the extent of the fire before it became out of control.
Members of the Heritage Group during their travels occasionally discover items of historic fire fighting equipment. This equipment is displayed on this webpage.