High Street Blaze 1933

Fire at the Castle Garage on 20th February 1933

These dramatic photographs from the Essex Fire Museum at Grays show Hadleigh Fire Brigade fighting a fire in the High Street on 20th February 1933. The fire almost destroyed the premises of the Castle Garage (the Castle Hotel can be seen on the right).

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  • Looking at this picture reminded me of a fire also in the High Street, in fact almost opposite Castle Garage. It was a wooden cottage on the right hand corner of the church entrance. For a reason that I can’t remember, I was walking on the path from the corner on Castle Lane towards the garage when this cottage caught fire and I saw the flames. All the windows shattered and in no time the building was destroyed. The occupants were a family named Pasefield and Mr Pasefield was in fact a retained fireman. At that time the warning to summon firemen was a maroon that could be heard for miles, but of course it was too late. I am not sure what is on this site now, but the cottage was never rebuilt as far as I know. I don’t think there were any casualties.

    By David Guy (05/10/2012)

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