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Once again John thank you very much for allowing me to use your photos to post on facebook UK Fire brigade history, Kind Regards Alan

Added: March 14, 2017
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another walk down memory lane for me. I served in Herts Fire and Rescue for many years based at Bishops Stortford, Hertford and Borehamwood. I also served in South Yorkshire, I have great memories of my time in the service. since retirement I have become a published author the main subjects of my books are around life in the South Yorks fire service (fiction) albeit I borrow experiences from my time in Herts as a fire fighter.

Added: May 7, 2016
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Regarding H W Lawrance in your "other profiles".
His actual name was Henry William Lawrance (1858-1922).
He was my great grandfathers older brother.

The reason for his resignation from the fire brigade related to work. He moved to Ponders End in 1907 to undertake the job of Inspector of Works during the construction of the King George the V reservoir.

If I can assist with any further information please let me know.


Added: January 26, 2016
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My Dad Eric Sheldrake came to Sawbridgeworth in 1940 to work at Walter Lawrence as a joiner.he was there until 1978 and was foreman of the door shop for many years.He lodged at the Queens Head for the 1st year till Mum could join him.As well as being in the Home Guard during the war,he also helped out at the pub and in later years ran the bar at Lawrences parties at Little Easton Lodge in Gt Dunmow.
They bought their 1st house in Station road in the early 50's opposite Birches electrical shop.(Mrs Birch was my teacher at Fawbert and Barnard School)They then moved to a bungalow on Cambridge Road.
Eric will be 100 in August and we are planning a party at Highfield Sawbridgeworth where he now lives. If anyone has any info/names of people that Dad may have worked with i would love to hear from them.Dad has now lived in Sawbridgeworth for 75years so i hope we can find some people.I have left my email for anyone to contact me. Thank you in anticipation! Liz Spall(Sheldrake)


Added: February 14, 2015
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I love this old town , (51 years old now ) Moved to Kent when I was a kid , family & friends not forgotten, love to all Bob Reed ( aka Dixon Reed )

Added: December 4, 2014
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Reeds removals, this brings back memory`s , my granddad Walter Reed started that in Kensington then moved to Sawbridgeworth when he passed on my dad Ronald Reed run it for a while also with Reeds furnishings on London Road. (now a bike shop) there was a farrier next door (Duffy) so I had horses in the next garden ,sheep etc, great when your 5 or 6 . Dad built a bungalow out back that had a drive into West Road, I still remember my little friends back then, before we moved away to Kent. Does anyone remember Forward & barnard & Manderville, 68 to 72?

Added: November 12, 2013
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another trip down memeory lane, it would be good to have more of the old hands from Sawbo contribute to this excellent site and unload some of their memories

Added: November 23, 2012
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I remember clearly being required to deliver the appliance which had been picked up from workshops in Hatfield, and delivering it to Sawbridgeworth. Reversing into the bay alone was a nightmare for me a young reletivly inexperienced HGV driver if I rememebr rightly the chap in the shop next door took pity on me and watched me in. they dont build stations like that anymore, good memories. excellent website.

Added: September 11, 2012
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I am trying to find out about my Father Norman Turner who served with the AFS during the war.He served with them in Bishops Stortford.He drove his own car with a pump and a three man crew.

Added: September 25, 2010
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Currently writing history of Hoole Volunteer Fire Brigade (now part of Chester) and through research found your excellent site. Amazing site and tremendous work to retain the history for future generations.

Added: August 21, 2010
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