Our morning service on Sunday 26 June was a special service to remember James Braidwood, the father of modern fire fighting, who was an Elder of Crown Court Church and who died 150 years ago on 22 June 1861.
We were delighted to welcome members of the Braidwood family and representatives of various fire fighting organisations to the service. Outside in Russell Street we were joined by Jezebel, a 1916 vintage engine.
After the service everyone was keen to admire the engine and hear about its history.
Many of the younger members of the congregation had their photo taken “driving” the engine – even the minister joined in the fun!
There is a memorial plaque to James Braidwood at the back of the church
In memory of James Braidwood, Esq. Superintendent of the London Fire Brigade who lost his life at the Great Fire in Tooley Street, June 22nd 1861, Æ 61.
“Whether on the Battle Field, or at the head of the Fire Brigade, the holiest place on which to live, or die, is the post of Duty.” Dr Cumming