Fire hook used for pulling down buildings during fires.

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Fire hook used for pulling down buildings during fires.
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 6cm

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Fire Hooks were used to help pull down buildings to create firebreaks, which prevented the fire spreading. It took a long time to pull down a house this way, and the fire, pushed on by the strong wind, often overtook the firefighters. On the night of the Great Fire of London they began to blow up houses with gunpowder, which was much quicker. This, aided by the dying wind, brought the fire under control.

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Artist/Photographer/Maker
 
Date
 
1650 AD - 1670 AD
Image Number
 
013141

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