Whitstable's horse-drawn fire engine


Whitstable’s horse-drawn fire engine (really a fire pump) was manually operated by 26 volunteers. It was presented to Whitstable in July 1867 by the Norwich Union Fire Insurance Society Ltd. It was housed in part of Rigden’s corn chandlers in the High Street, and the horses were stabled in the Bear & Key pub. It was last used in the 1920s.

Visit the Museum to see:

  • The horse-drawn fire engine restored in all its glory – a great favourite for children to draw!
  • Fireman’s axe and holster
  • Photos of the early brigades
Whitstable's horse-drawn fire engine

Whitstable's horse-drawn fire engine

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How to find us

Whitstable Museum and Gallery
Oxford Street, CT5 1DB

Eight miles from Canterbury via A28 and A290. Nearest station: One mile from Whitstable train station. Level access from the side courtyard, all on ground-floor level.

Phone: 01227 276998