is the history of fire fighting in Broadway and surrounding district.
Broadway is a large village in the south of Worcestershire on the edge
of the Cotswold Hills. By the end of the Nineteenth Century it was already
famous for its broad High Street; it attracted tourists, and was home
to many wealthy individuals. By this time most towns and villages in
the area, of a comparable size, and even many smaller communities, had
already provided themselves with a fire brigade. However, Broadway residents,
at this time, had only the most basic fire-fighting equipment to hand.
I describe how the people of Broadway, with the help of wealthy benefactors,
formed and ran their own fire brigade. Then how, throughout the Twentieth
Century, that brigade changed, and developed into the modern fire service
found in the village today.