A Firemans Personal Topography

Carr cottage, Florence and India mills
Carr cottage, Florence and India mills
A Firemans Personal Topography
Cicely bridge mill and Atlas works
Cicely bridge mill and Atlas works
A Firemans Personal Topography
Waterfall Albert and Cardwell mills
Waterfall Albert and Cardwell mills
A Firemans Personal Topography
Garden street mill, Wensley Street Gas works
Garden street mill, Wensley Street Gas works
A Firemans Personal Topography
Griffin, Stancliffe and Witton mill, Silk, Velvet Epcol mill
Griffin, Stancliffe and Witton mill, Silk, Velvet Epcol mill
A Firemans Personal Topography
Roe Lee and Haston Lee mills
Roe Lee and Haston Lee mills
A Firemans Personal Topography
Lower Darwen mills
Lower Darwen mills
A Firemans Personal Topography
Wittons Carpets, Victoria mill and Liveseys Saw mill
Wittons Carpets, Victoria mill and Liveseys Saw mill
A Firemans Personal Topography
Highfield, Albert,Infirmary and Atlantic mills
Highfield, Albert,Infirmary and Atlantic mills
A Firemans Personal Topography
Lower Darwen Paper mill
Lower Darwen Paper mill
A Firemans Personal Topography
Scotshaw Brook and Unity mills
Scotshaw Brook and Unity mills
A Firemans Personal Topography
Scapa Dryers Ltd, Cartmell Road
Scapa Dryers Ltd, Cartmell Road
A Firemans Personal Topography
Isolatt Cork Works, Victoria Mill and Malvern mill
Isolatt Cork Works, Victoria Mill and Malvern mill
A Firemans Personal Topography
Albion and Lever mills
Albion and Lever mills
A Firemans Personal Topography
Royal Infirmary
Royal Infirmary
A Firemans Personal Topography
Fernhurst mill, Nuttall street
Fernhurst mill, Nuttall street
A Firemans Personal Topography
Navigation mill
Navigation mill
A Firemans Personal Topography
Alston, Burmah mill Gladstone street
Alston, Burmah mill Gladstone street
A Firemans Personal Topography
Durbar,Didsbury and Fountain street mills
Durbar,Didsbury and Fountain street mills
A Firemans Personal Topography
Northrop loom Co.Ltd
Northrop loom Co.Ltd
A Firemans Personal Topography
Graham and browns, India mill
Graham and browns, India mill
A Firemans Personal Topography
Applebys Corn mill and Plantation mill
Applebys Corn mill and Plantation mill
A Firemans Personal Topography
Bankfield mill, Ordnance street
Bankfield mill, Ordnance street
A Firemans Personal Topography
New Market site
New Market site
A Firemans Personal Topography

These are a series of drawings done by Fireman Bill Lumm, lent to me by his son Paul. They show what every fireman of this period had to know, a bit like the London cabbies(the knowledge) . evry fireman had to know the streets of Blackburn obviously back then there were no Sat navs and the drivers relied totally on local knowledge.

Also they were expected to know local large fire risks and water supplies as is the same today, what we don’t do is to hand draw every street surrounding fire risks as these are done for us¬†via an onboard computer in the cab of the fire engine. You can also see that they describe the number of fire engines and type that would go to these incidents to begin with and also the directions to get there from the fire station. The knowledge of streets was also helped by a series of drop down drawers kept in the office where the duty man could help in reminding the drivers where the incident was and the directions to go

These drawings are marvellous to me for their historic value describing many mills that no longer exist as with the Royal Infirmary and old markets. they give you a snapshot in time when their were large mills dotted all round Blackburn and as you can see risks just outside the boundary that¬†Blackburns’ fire engines would be called on to go to.

I must thank Paul for letting me use these writings of his fathers , I have had some similar maps given to me before but these were put into storage when the station museum closed. Paul has given me other writings from Bill which you will be able to view later on when I publish them on the site .

I hope you enjoy these , please feel free to comment

This page was added by stephen brown on 24/06/2014.

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  • Just to add to your information I recall that topography played a major part of a firefighters knowledge. Drivers had to within seconds of turnout systems sounding sort out a route to any location within the County Boroughs Boundary.
    From the early Sixties I recall their were 1,400 Streets and 2200 fire hydrants, 14 Fire Wells, and numerous Pumping Sites along the Leeds Liverpool canal. I recall that all access gates were maintained by firefighters, hydrant inspection was a year round process carried out by firefighters which was invaluable to the ongoing training of the location of water supples all Hydrants were inspected twice a year.
    In my case I obtained my driver training for many months carrying out hydrant inspection, each watch had a designated hydrant inspection man and in my case I spent many months with John Brown learning to drive and gaining invaluable knowledge of the water supples within the Borough.
    Bob France (Retired Firefighter)

    By Bob France (25/06/2014)

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