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Aireborough Fire Brigades & Joint Service 1950

Title Aireborough Fire Brigades & Joint Service.
Date 1950
Location Rawdon
Photo ID K399
Comment See below …

By 1950, the local Joint Fire Service had become part of the West Riding County Fire Service. On the right of the back row is Alfred Chippindale, nephew of Martha Chippindale who was awarded the MBE for her work with the Salvation Army during WW1.

To see Martha Chippindale MBE – Click Here.

Aireborough Fire Brigades & Joint Service c1950

K343 – Fire Service, Yeadon, c1950.

Fire Service – Yeadon – c1950

West Riding County Fire Service, Alfred Chippindale is on the left.

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I454 – Fire Brigade, Joint Service, Undated.

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Officers of the Fire Brigade outside the fire station on New Road (A65) which was built in the mid 1920s and was in use until the new station opened on Green Lane in 1974.
Second from the right on the front row is George Baker, his daughter Jean Walker (nee Baker) donated this photo.

Aireborough Fire Brigades & Joint Service 1951

T586 – Fire Brigade, Joint Service, 1951.

Fire Brigade – Joint Service – 1951

Rawdon Fire Service Xmas party, held in St. John’s Church Hall for the families of the firemen.

Donated by J M Wood.

Aireborough Fire Brigades & Joint Service 1955

T578 – Fire Brigade, Joint Service, 1955.

Fire Brigade – Joint Service – 1955

Rawdon Fire Station was the winner of the station efficiency inspection. At the back on the left ? Crimbolby then Robert S Wood. In the middle are Tommy Widdop and Joseph Hogg then in front Divisional Officer M Bailey, Station Officer Jack Mann and Leading Fireman Herbert Smith.

Donated by J M Wood.

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T585 – Fire Brigade, Joint Service, Undated.

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Portrait of Robert and details of his life, donated by his daughter Judith Mary Wood.

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T585A – Fire Brigade, Joint Service, Undated.

Fire Brigade – Joint Service – Undated

As above.

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T576 – Fire Brigade, Joint Service, Undated.

Fire Brigade – Joint Service – Undated

On the left is retired fireman Robert Stanley Wood, the man on the right is Jack Dawson, the woman is his sister.

Donated by J M Wood.

Aireborough Fire Brigades & Joint Service 1969

L058 – Fire Brigade, Joint Service, 1969.

Fire Brigade – Joint Service – 1969

Firemen with a model yacht ‘Fire Bell’ seen outside the old fire station on New Road. Fire appliances can be seen behind them.

Photographer Bryan Waite, donated by his family.

Aireborough Fire Brigades & Joint Service 1970

A328 – Fire Brigade, Joint Service, 1970.

Fire Brigade – Joint Service – 1970

The site for the fire station on New Road Side (A65) was bought from Rawdon Co-operative Society in 1924, it had previously been the headquarters of the 8th Airedale Scouts. The building of this facility was a joint venture between Horsforth, Yeadon, Guiseley and Rawdon Councils.

Mr George Foggit was the architect, the cost of the fire station and adjoining superintendents house was £3,477.
Building began in 1925, by Mitchell Yeadon & Sons.

The first Superintendent was J A Dockray who was given free accommodation and £300 a year salary.

In 1948 the brigade was taken into the West Riding County Council Fire Service.

A new fire station was built round the corner on Green Lane in 1974 and the old building was demolished.

A car showroom, JCT was built on the site.

Behind the old fire station is an office block, Rawdon House.

Aireborough Fire Brigades & Joint Service 1970

A329 – Fire Brigade, Joint Service, 1970.

Fire Brigade – Joint Service – 1970

View of the old fire station.

Aireborough Fire Brigades & Joint Service 1978

A344 – Fire Brigade, Joint Service, 1978.

Fire Brigade – Joint Service – 1978

Situated on Green Lane, the site had previously been houses on Benton Terrace. This building replaced the older station which was nearby on New Road Side (A65). It was opened on 1st July 1974, but the official opening was not until 19th October 1974. It is one of the stations which was proposed for closure in 2011, at this time (2012) it is still operating.

Aireborough Fire Brigades & Joint Service 2014

K411 – Fire Brigade, Joint Service, 2014.

Fire Brigade – Joint Service – 2014

The fire station is located on Green Lane on the Yeadon side of the township boundary with Rawdon.

Photographer John Arundel.

Previous Comments:

Re K399
jean dean
Next to Alfred Chippindale is Mr. Wood from Markham Avenue and second left back row is Jack Dawson of Markham Crescent, he used to go to shouts on his bicycle, after all it was all downhill, and not very far.
11 October 2017.

Re K343
Stephen Allinson
After Uncle Alf retired from the Fire Service he went with Auntie Annie to live in Scarborough & lived there until he died in 2010 aged 100.
30 September 2017.

Re T578
Denise Watson
Thought I recognised my Dad on this photo, he is back left, Donald Walker. This is the year I was born and I always
knew him to be part of the fire brigade. I think he was part-time but not sure. Remember going into the station with him on
Sunday mornings where my brother and I were treated to sweets and, if very lucky, to be lifted up onto one of the engines.
We had a huge bell on the wall of our stairs which rang to call them in to the station when there was a call out.
In front of Dad is Tommy Widdup, I’m sure he used to come and clean our windows. In front of Tommy is Station Officer
Jack Mann and behind him on his left is I think Joe (Albert) Hogg.
25 October 2017.

S Allinson
Stan Woods is stood at the rear on the right.
03 November 2019.

Bernard Harris
I well remember the fire siren from the old fire station. No doubt it had seen service in the 2nd world war, but it was tested at noon weekly, and when it went off for real all the firemen grabbed their bicycles and set off in a tearing hurry. Two of them lived opposite us in Apperley Lane, Mr Lofthouse was one and the other whose name escapes me lived next door to him. On Nov 5th the Lime Grove bonfire was carefully watched over by these two firemen!
23 March 2018.

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Consolidated by J Brayshaw. 23 January 2024.
Last Updated: 23 January 2024 – Introduction of 3rd page & Photo ID: T586, T585, T585A, T576.

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