Watford Fire Museum Open Day


The Fire Museum is based in a purpose built building at Watford Fire Station on Lower High Street (behind Tesco’s and virtually opposite Watford Museum).

​Two ex-fire officers, Roger Middleton and Ian Strudwick, look after the following:

  • An 1850s manual hand pump from Barley near Royston
  • A 1960s 50ft steel Merryweather escape, carried on the 1984 Dennis Water Tender Escape fire applicance based at Watford until 1994
  • An 1863 manual hand pump from the Tring Park Estate
  • An 1896 Shand-Mason horse-drawn steam fire pump, ex-London Fire Brigade
  • A 1900s hose cart, on loan from Watford Museum
  • A 1937 Leyland open-bodied pump escape, based at St Albans until the 1960s
  • A 1942 Dennis No.2 trailer pump, from Berkhamstead
  • A Second World War Scammell wheelbarrow pump


There is also a substantial collection of various items of fire service equipment, uniform and documents (old and new), with a large and varied photographic display of fire appliances, fire/incident scenes and local fire history.

They are always on the lookout for Fire Brigade memorabilia that deserves a good home and is perhaps currently gathering dust in a shed or attic. They can be contacted by email: firemuseum@watfordmuseum.org.uk or by calling at the museum on Open Days.

The Fire Museum is open from 1 to 4pm on the following dates in 2019:

Saturday 3rd August

Saturday 21st September

There is no parking at the Fire Station, please use the adjacent retail car parks – remember the time limits!

Entry is free, but donations will be welcome. Take your cameras for those unique photos.