Braidwood Passage, EC1A

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Probably named after James Braidwood (1800 – June 22, 1861) who founded the world’s first municipal fire service in Edinburgh in 1824, and went on to become the first director of the London Fire Engine Establishment, known today as the London Fire Brigade. He is widely acknowledged as the¬†Father of the British Fire Service. He was killed while on active duty, fighting the a blaze at at Cotton’s Wharf near London Bridge station, when he was crushed beneath a collapsed wall. It took two days to recover his body and his heroism led to a funeral on June 29, where his funeral cortege stretched 1.5 miles. A fire station was based close to here on Jewin Street, which disappeared under the construction of the Barbican.

 

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