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Heritage panel tells history of Central Fire Station

Published on Wednesday, March 28, 2018

A NEW information panel telling the story of Leicester’s historic Central Fire Station has been revealed.

 

The Grade II listed building in Lancaster Road opened in 1927 and was widely considered to be one of the most advanced fire stations of its day in the UK.

   

In Victorian Leicester, the police and fire brigade had originally used the Town Hall as their headquarters, but by 1892 the fire brigade had moved to a purpose-built fire station in Rutland Street.

   

However, the need for a more modern fire station led to the design and building of the grand new Central Fire Station buildings and neighbouring purpose-built firemen’s houses.

   

It underwent its most recent major refurbishment programme in 2010.

   

The new heritage panel includes images from the history of Central Fire Station and the people who worked there, along with details of the story of the Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE), which was founded in the city by local Chief Fire Officer Neal, based in New Walk for its first 50 years, and which continues today as an international charity organisation.

 

Earlier this year, a plaque marking the centenary of the IFE and its links to the city were commemorated with a plaque at Central Fire Station.

 

Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “Central Fire Station is a wonderful building with a fascinating history as well as being something of a landmark within the city.

 

“This new heritage panel uses archive images and information to bring alive the history of the building and how it came to be.

 

“Leicester has a rich history, and these information panels are a way to make that easily accessible to people across the city and beyond.”