History of the Fire Services Museum Building

The Fire Services Museum is located in the Metropolitan Fire Brigades Board Head Station, built 1893.
This beautiful building of Queen Anne design carries a National Trust classification...........

Here is the late Mr Keith Sanders talking about why the Building is located where it is.

The Gryphon

Sometimes known as a Griffon or Gryphon. Definition (Noun): A mythical creature with the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion, typically depicted with pointed ears and with the eagle’s legs taking the place of the forelegs. (Oxford Dictionary.) Because the lion was traditionally considered the king of the beasts and the eagle the king of birds, the Griffin was thought to be an especially powerful and majestic creature. The Griffin was also thought of as king of all creatures. Importantly for the FSMV, Griffins are known for guarding treasure and priceless possessions. How appropriate that a Griffin sits on top of the museum building. (Words and photo supplied by Glenn Cumming - Editor of Flame)

Please Bear with us as we continue to expand this page
and enjoy the tours of some of the sections of the Museum
The Basement Virtual Tour
Print Shop Virtual Tour
Watch Room Virtual Tour

Main History Page

Last Update: Thursday 13th December 2018