Aireborough Historical Society

1857 Fire At Guiseley




Title
Fire
Date May 1857
Location Guiseley
Photo ID
X370
Comment

Fire At Guiseley - On Tuesday evening, about eight o'clock a fire broke out in a stack of hay belonging to Mr Jas Procter of the New Inn, Guiseley.

The fire was discovered by police-sergeant Phillips who immediately gave the alarm.

      Assistance was quickly at hand and by means of a copious supply of water the flames were fortunately subdued before any serious damage was done to the stack.

The conduct of sergeant Phillips and of Mr Thom. Stevenson, one of the parish constables (both of whom ran great risk of being burned) was praiseworthy in the extreme.

     It has since been discovered that the fire was caused by a boy about four years old, who, with some other companions was playing with some lucifer matches near the foot of the stack.

Mr Phillips has the whole of his farming stock insured.

The amount of damage done, we are informed is £2. 10s.

 

Image courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives, research by Edwy Harling

 

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