'The Great Fire at Bankside', London 1855.

'The Great Fire at Bankside', London 1855.
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 22cm

Description

Plate from the 'Illustrated London News'. The introduction of the pump and hose in the late seventeenth century had represented a significant advance in firefighting, but the drawback was that the pump had to be worked by a team of men. This was solved in the 1860's by the introduction of the steam pump. In addition, steam replaced horses as the means of drawing the engines.

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