Brighton Town Hall, c1900

This image is taken from a magic lantern slide. It shows Brighton Town Hall in about 1900.

Fire engine

Zoom in on the hand cart outside of the Town Hall and you can just make out a French name: ‘La Croix’.

You might easily assume that La Croix was a tradesman of some sort. But the cart probably belongs to Brighton’s fire brigade.

At this time, fire-fighting was managed by a specialist police fire-brigade based at Brighton Town Hall. It was run for several decades by Louis Victor La Croix, a popular local character who remained in charge until 1921.

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