© Reproduced with
acknowledgement to Steve Walker
Steve Walker wrote:
"I was given a bell 30 years ago and told that it
was off of an old fire engine of the 1950s era.
I would be interested to know if you recognise this
as a fire engine bell. I have looked on the internet and there is one with
a similar top connection fitted into a frame.
The bell weighs 11kg and is stamped George VI."
Steve Walker, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England: June 7, 2010
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Peter Stubbs: June 10, 2010
Steve Walker added:
"Someone recently told me that the Auxiliary Fire
Service / Green Goddess did have bells with George VI stamped on the top.
I was also told, when I was given the bell, that the
fire engine was converted into transportation for people. I have looked on
the Internet and found a 'pump' which looks as if it carried equipment. It
actually looks like a small coach.
sure if that could be the one that my bell came from."
Steve Walker, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England: June 10, 2010
John Hadden wrote:
"I think it would seem reasonable to believe that
this bell really is off a fire engine, but I would suggest that 1940s may be
The bell in the photo is the very same shape and
style as the bell on a Green Goddess fire engine, except the top fitting of a
Green Goddess bell is by a bolt through a vertical hole in the top of the bell
and not by a horizontal bolt as in the photo.
Also, the markings on the top of a Green Goddess
bell are "ER" instead of "G vi R", because the Green Goddesses were built from
1953 to 1956.
I suggest that if there is any trace of paint on or
in the bell, that may be a clue if it was from a military fire engine. For
example, I suspect that all Green Goddess bells were painted green, like the
rest of the vehicle. I know of at least one genuine example."
John Hadden, Edinburgh: June 10, 2010
Hazlemere, Buckinghamshire, England
"I agree. The bell is most likely an
ex-AFS(pre1941) or a NFS bell. They were originally rough cast and painted
'NFS grey', but the firemen removed the rough cast and polished them for years
(bull) and this is the final result .
I have one in the garage that came of one of
Edinburgh's old NFS appliances."
Ian Scott, Hazlemere, Buckinghamshire, Scotland: June 16,
Frome, Somerset, England
just bought a similar bell from a sale room in Frome, Somerset. I paid £50
for it. It's red and white inside. I know nothing more about it."
Ken Vernon, Frome, Somerset, England: August 12, 2010