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Bewdley Fireman at Practice
Bewdley Fireman at Practice

Bewdley Fireman at Practice 1940


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Bewdley Fireman at Practice 1940

13 mins United Kingdom

With their Beresford-Stork fire pump and water from the nearby River Severn, the Bewdley Fire Service demonstrates its readiness as war clouds gather across Europe. In contrast, the remainder of the reel shows the Worcestershire town continuing its idyllic pre-war life as a holiday destination with lazy days of summer being typified by boating on the river and a horse drawn barge making its slow and steady progress along the cut.

The Media Archive for Central England is the public screen archive for the East and West Midlands. An independent charity and company based at the University of Lincoln, MACE acquires, catalogues, preserves and makes widely available moving image materials that inform our understanding of the diverse cultures and histories of communities between the Lincolnshire coast and the Welsh border.


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Fire brigades World War II Home fronts River Severn Tourism


Life Under Fire




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