Accepting The Royal Wave


Lauriston Place

Fire Station


Lauriston Fire Brigade  -  The Royal Wave, 1903

Reproduced with acknowledgement to Ian Scott, Hazelmere, Buckinghamshire, England
AND to Lothian & Borders Fire Brigade, Edinburgh.


The Royal Wave outside

Lauriston Place Fire Station

Thank you to Ian Scott, now living in Hazelmere, Buckinghamshire, England,  for sending me this photo.

Ian wrote:

The Photographer

"This photo could have been taken by Drummond Shiels, as it appears to have been taken from opposite his shop."

Royal Visit - 1903

"The firemen have constructed a  'A' from the long ladders, for Queen Alexandra.  I don't think she actually visited the station but they gave the lined up crews the 'Royal Wave' as they passed in their carriage."

Clarke's Bar

"Clarke's Bar is in the background.  This was the 'local' for the men who stayed in the flats at Lauriston.  There was an arrangement for the roller blind in the watch room to be raised and lowered to tell the firemen that the bells had gone, and that they should get across the road smartly."

There was one stair at the top of Lady  Lawson Street, known as 'Old Hundred', next to Clarke's Bar which also accommodated some firemen's families.   These flats also had house alarm bells."

Ian Scott, Hazelmere, Buckinghamshire, England:    26 Apr 2010



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