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What a great idea of Ex Serving Sawbridgeworth Fireman John Wright for creating, establishing, devising and introducing this site. It is people like him and others like him allow for history to be carried forwards to future generations to see. I am an Ex serving member of the Sawbridgeworth Fire Brigade 1972 2001 and served 2 Months short of 30 years. If it were not for an illness I may even still be serving even at my current age of 67 as I feel I had more to give. Had some great times working along some brilliant people and being part of this outfit fills me with a some pride. Long may this Station remain in operation to serve the Town's and surrounding Villages Residents in times of peril and need. Thank You John.

Added: January 11, 2021
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Many thanks for a fascinating look at the service in Sawbridgeworth over the years.

I was a telecomms engineer part of whose duties over the years involved working on Fire Service remote control callout systems.
My first experience was on System DX, then onto VF System A
and then Solent.


Added: June 29, 2020
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Just found this site...very excited to spot my mum Betty Say in the group photo of 1948...mum was married to an American serviceman in 1945 in Sawbridgeworth so maybe the date is wrong? Anyway, mum is still alive...she's 95 and lives in an opal mining town in the Australian outback. We are trying to trace her birth family history and have linked her DNA with the SABAN family. I have a few old photos of Sawbridgeworth when mum was living there.

Added: May 12, 2020
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Hi.
Just found this site and wondered if anyone would know of photographs of the Carnival around late 60s and early 70s as I worked for Hayter Mowers and used to drive my lorry in the carnival for different groups, the Young Farmers and Young Conservatives springs to mind..

Would like to find any photographs please.

My email is balloonmans2003@yahoo.co.uk.

Thanks. Norman.


Added: March 17, 2018
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Once again John thank you very much for allowing me to use your photos to post on facebook UK Fire brigade history, Kind Regards Alan

Added: March 14, 2017
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another walk down memory lane for me. I served in Herts Fire and Rescue for many years based at Bishops Stortford, Hertford and Borehamwood. I also served in South Yorkshire, I have great memories of my time in the service. since retirement I have become a published author the main subjects of my books are around life in the South Yorks fire service (fiction) albeit I borrow experiences from my time in Herts as a fire fighter.

Added: May 7, 2016
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Regarding H W Lawrance in your "other profiles".
His actual name was Henry William Lawrance (1858-1922).
He was my great grandfathers older brother.

The reason for his resignation from the fire brigade related to work. He moved to Ponders End in 1907 to undertake the job of Inspector of Works during the construction of the King George the V reservoir.

If I can assist with any further information please let me know.


Added: January 26, 2016
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My Dad Eric Sheldrake came to Sawbridgeworth in 1940 to work at Walter Lawrence as a joiner.he was there until 1978 and was foreman of the door shop for many years.He lodged at the Queens Head for the 1st year till Mum could join him.As well as being in the Home Guard during the war,he also helped out at the pub and in later years ran the bar at Lawrences parties at Little Easton Lodge in Gt Dunmow.
They bought their 1st house in Station road in the early 50's opposite Birches electrical shop.(Mrs Birch was my teacher at Fawbert and Barnard School)They then moved to a bungalow on Cambridge Road.
Eric will be 100 in August and we are planning a party at Highfield Sawbridgeworth where he now lives. If anyone has any info/names of people that Dad may have worked with i would love to hear from them.Dad has now lived in Sawbridgeworth for 75years so i hope we can find some people.I have left my email for anyone to contact me. Thank you in anticipation! Liz Spall(Sheldrake)


Added: February 14, 2015
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I love this old town , (51 years old now ) Moved to Kent when I was a kid , family & friends not forgotten, love to all Bob Reed ( aka Dixon Reed )

Added: December 4, 2014
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Reeds removals, this brings back memory`s , my granddad Walter Reed started that in Kensington then moved to Sawbridgeworth when he passed on my dad Ronald Reed run it for a while also with Reeds furnishings on London Road. (now a bike shop) there was a farrier next door (Duffy) so I had horses in the next garden ,sheep etc, great when your 5 or 6 . Dad built a bungalow out back that had a drive into West Road, I still remember my little friends back then, before we moved away to Kent. Does anyone remember Forward & barnard & Manderville, 68 to 72?

Added: November 12, 2013
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