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Photos: 100 years of Hendon Fire Station
Old photographs of Hendon Fire Station have been discovered as it celebrates its 100th anniversary.
The fire station, in The Burroughs, opened just before the start of World War I in May 1914, but the exact date is not known.
The photos show former fire chief Captain Adams’ wedding to a woman far younger than him in 1919, in what was believed to be his second marriage.
They also show a small boy, who could be his son, though little is known about him.
There is also a photograph of Captain Adams’s coffin being carried out onto a fire engine.
After the war broke out, the fire station was forced to hand over one of its two fire engines to the army.
But after petitioning Parliament when it ended they were given a second engine from Stockport, in Manchester.
Firemen used to live in the fire station with their families, and there were also bachelor quarters for those who were single.
Photos also suggest the station had its own football team.
Today, the fire station has one fire engine and the old flats are now used as bedrooms for those working night shifts.
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