Westminster Fire Station is not only a superb example of London’s architectural heritage, it’s also a reminder of the rich history behind the city’s many fire brigades.

Team photo, including dogs, cats, parrots, monkeys, circa 1904.

Fire pole, circa 1955

Chief Officer Captain Eyre Massey Shaw introduced the first poles to London station, after spotting them on a visit to America. After initial teething problems, they soon became a feature of all stations. 

A fire station in South East London, circa 1974

Though more than half a century had passed since families lived on-site, the stations remained a central focus of the community. The station was often a venue for open days, birthday parties and festive gatherings.