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Procession of Firemen, Nelson (c.1902)
Mounted police lead smartly uniformed firefighters past William Widdup's furniture store in Edwardian Nelson.
Non-Fiction 1902 1 mins Silent
This street parade gives a strong sense of the hierarchical nature of the early fire service. The style and presentation of the firemen's uniforms vary in each passing carriage; a man in a top hat rides in the final liveried carriage. The previously unknown location has now been identified as Nelson, Lancashire - the partially obscured sign is the storefront of William Widdup, furnisher.
Special thanks to Michael Burdett for astutely working out the location based on evidence in the film.
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