Leather fire bucket; 17th century
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This leather bucket is typical of the kind used to fight fires in the 1600s. It is waterproofed with a layer of pitch inside. Leather buckets had to be carefully looked after otherwise they would split. Though there was no fire brigade at the time of the Great Fire of London in 1666, each parish had its own fire-fighting equipment, usually stored in the local church.
1601 AD - 1699 AD