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Great fire of Tooley Street

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Great fire of Tooley Street
The large warehouses in this area, stacked with combustible materials, were always vulnerable to fire. Hay's Wharf was one of the earliest complexes to incorporate fireproofing, using incombustible floors of brick arches on cast iron beams. Despite this Hay's Wharf was destroyed in the great fire of Tooley Street of 1861, London's biggest fire since the Great Fire in 1666 and one that claimed more lives. It raged for two weeks and killed, among others, the superintendent of the London Fire Engine Establishment, James Braidwood, when a warehouse exploded. It was partly as a result of this that the London Fire Brigade was founded in 1866.
Southwark
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Pool of London

{The plaque carries two images: the fire and the head and shoulders of a fireman, presumably Braidwood.}

2021: This plaque has been replaced with a similar plaque, re-branded to promote 'London Bridge City' rather than 'Pool of London'.

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Great fire of Tooley Street

From the picture source website: "The fire started in consignment of jute sto...

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London Fire Brigade

The London Fire Engine Establishment, formed in 1833 under the leadership of ...

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James Braidwood

Firefighter. Born Edinburgh where he formed the world's first municipal fire ...

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Hay's Wharf

The land between Tooley Street and the Thames has been occupied by wharves an...

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Pool of London Partnership

From City of London : The Pool of London Partnership was established in 1996 ...

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