Opposite what is now Lidl, across the London Road and behind Richardsons Electrical Shop, was Hadleigh’s first Fire Station. The garages, then with a corrugated iron roof, are still there.
Peter Maley has kindly furnished the following photograph. In the 1920s picture, 3rd from left stands Jesse Maley and 2nd from right his brother Harry Maley. A high-wheeled cart, a ladder, some ropes, hose and pump… and a storm lantern to find their way. Standing left is Ted Land from South Benfleet, where his father was publican at the Anchor. (So could that perhaps be Harold Layzell on the right?)