Stokesleys 2nd. Fire Station - a Memory of Stokesley.
For the information of readers, it may be of interest to note that the building just past the Town Hall Block, left side, was known as the Shambles and in the 1800s and early 1900s was open fronted and used as a market area for the sale of dairy produce and vegetables etc. My great grandfather, Solomon Swales traded butter here from about 1860 until 1918, he gained enough money to build Bridge House, (now the Panda restaurant).
At the East end of the Shambles was built Stokesleys 2nd Fire Station to house the manual Fire Engine given to the town by Colonel Hillyard in 1848, the 1st Fire Station store in the base of the church tower being then too small. This 2nd Fire station was used until 1914 when a larger steam fire engine was purchased.
A memory shared by on May 14th, 2012.
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