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1863 fire fighting CC62_00070

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Filename: cc62_00070.jpg

Size: 3810 x 4907 (5.5MB)

Date: 25th October 2007

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: English Heritage Images

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1863 fire fighting CC62_00070

GRIMBLY HUGHES & COMPANY, Cornmarket Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire. Showing the remains of a shop destroyed by a second fire in 1863. A crowd has gathered. A hand-operated fire engine remains in the middle of the road. Henry Taunt

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> Historic Images > Famed Photographers > Henry Taunt Collection (1860-1922)

> Historic Images > The Victorian Age > 1850s - 1860s

> Towns and Cities > Oxford

> The way we were > Victoriana


EDITORS COMMENTS
This photo print, taken by the renowned photographer Henry Taunt, transports us back to the year 1863 in Oxford, Oxfordshire. The image captures a devastating aftermath of a fire that engulfed Grimbly Hughes & Company's shop on Cornmarket Street. The remnants of the destroyed building stand as a haunting testament to the destructive power of flames. In this poignant scene, we see a crowd gathered around the charred remains, their faces filled with shock and curiosity. Amidst this somber atmosphere stands an impressive hand-operated fire engine positioned defiantly in the middle of the road. Its presence serves as a symbol of hope amidst despair - an emblematic reminder that even in times of tragedy, brave individuals come together to fight against adversity. Henry Taunt's masterful composition allows us to witness history unfolding before our eyes. Through his lens, we are transported into Victorian-era England where fires were not uncommon and communities relied on each other for support during such calamities. As we gaze upon this remarkable photograph print from Historic England's collection, let us reflect on how far we have come in terms of fire safety and prevention. It serves as both a reminder of past hardships endured by our ancestors and an inspiration for future generations to continue striving towards safer communities.

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