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Background imagePurpose Collection: Mount Pleasant Hotel, Kings Cross, London

Mount Pleasant Hotel, Kings Cross, London
The Mount Pleasant Hotel at the corner of Kings Cross Road and Calthorpe Street, Central London. The building was originally erected in 1894 as one of Londons six Rowton Houses - large

Background imagePurpose Collection: GLC-LFB - Dual purpose pump fire engine

GLC-LFB - Dual purpose pump fire engine
The GLC-LFB was created on 1 April 1965. A series of photos was commissioned of each type of fire engine, either within or absorbed into the enlarged London Fire Brigade

Background imagePurpose Collection: Sherlock Holmes 1921

Sherlock Holmes 1921
Sherlock Holmes is filmed by Stoll at Cricklewood; Baker Street is reconstructed for the purpose

Background imagePurpose Collection: LCC-LFB Dual purpose pump escape at Lambeth HQ

LCC-LFB Dual purpose pump escape at Lambeth HQ
A Dennis F7 pump escape at Lambeth HQ, a classic postwar fire engine newly in service in London. It was powered by a 150 bhp 5.7 litre Rolls-Royce engine and served initially at Lambeth Fire Station

Background imagePurpose Collection: GLC-LFB - Dual purpose pump fire engine

GLC-LFB - Dual purpose pump fire engine
The GLC-LFB was created on 1 April 1965. A series of photos was commissioned of each type of fire engine, either within or absorbed into the enlarged London Fire Brigade

Background imagePurpose Collection: GLC-LFB - Dual purpose pump-escape fire engine

GLC-LFB - Dual purpose pump-escape fire engine
The GLC-LFB was created on 1 April 1965. A series of photos was commissioned of each type of fire engine, either within or absorbed into the enlarged London Fire Brigade

Background imagePurpose Collection: GLC-LFB - Dual purpose pump-escape fire engine

GLC-LFB - Dual purpose pump-escape fire engine
The GLC-LFB was created on 1 April 1965. A series of photos was commissioned of each type of fire engine, either within or absorbed into the enlarged London Fire Brigade

Background imagePurpose Collection: LCC-LFB Dennis motorised fire pump and crew

LCC-LFB Dennis motorised fire pump and crew
The introduction of the Dennis fire appliances would see the creation of dual-purpose fire engines capable of carrying either the 50 foot wheeled escape or, as here, adapted as a pump

Background imagePurpose Collection: LFDCA-LFB Vintage fire engine at Clapham fire station

LFDCA-LFB Vintage fire engine at Clapham fire station
A former Middlesex Fire Brigade pump escape at Clapham fire station. Middlesex was absorbed into the enlarged London Fire Brigade in 1965 with the creation of the Greater London Council

Background imagePurpose Collection: GLC-LFB - Dual purpose pump fire engine

GLC-LFB - Dual purpose pump fire engine
The GLC-LFB was created on 1 April 1965. A series of photos was commissioned of each type of fire engine, either within or absorbed into the enlarged London Fire Brigade

Background imagePurpose Collection: GLC-LFB - Dual purpose pump fire engine

GLC-LFB - Dual purpose pump fire engine
The GLC-LFB was created on 1 April 1965. A series of photos was commissioned of each type of fire engine, either within or absorbed into the enlarged London Fire Brigade

Background imagePurpose Collection: LCC-LFB general purpose lorry

LCC-LFB general purpose lorry
A general purpose lorry, manufactured by Dennis of Guildford

Background imagePurpose Collection: Foundling Hospital Schools, Berkhamsted

Foundling Hospital Schools, Berkhamsted
The Foundling Hospital Schools, Berkhamsted. The Hospital was founded in 1739 by Captain Thomas Coram and in 1741 began construction of premises at Bloomsbury Fields, London

Background imagePurpose Collection: LFDCA-LFB Volvo dual purpose diesel pump ladder

LFDCA-LFB Volvo dual purpose diesel pump ladder
Pictured on Blackheath in SE London, the pump ladder from Greenwich fire station

Background imagePurpose Collection: GLC-LFB ERF diesel pump-escape fire engine

GLC-LFB ERF diesel pump-escape fire engine
The ERF pump escape attached to Millwall fire station, the latest addition to the Brigades appliance fleet. It was a dual-purpose appliance that could carry either the 50 foot wheeled escape ladder

Background imagePurpose Collection: Phoenix Paper Mills and Pond - Dartford, Kent, England, with the large mill pond which

Phoenix Paper Mills and Pond - Dartford, Kent, England, with the large mill pond which helped to power the facility. Wellcome took over in 1889 and turned the site over to a pharmaceutical purpose

Background imagePurpose Collection: LCC-LFB Dennis dual-purpose pump-escape

LCC-LFB Dennis dual-purpose pump-escape
The Dennis dual-purpose pump-escape from D66 station Brixton (Gresham Road, SW4), pictured on Lambeth Bridge. The hose-reel tubing

Background imagePurpose Collection: Burrell General Purpose Engine number 2613 Brenda

Burrell General Purpose Engine number 2613 Brenda, reg. BJ 7694, at Bressingham on 23 July 1972. Date: 1972

Background imagePurpose Collection: Station 28, Whitechapel BA pumps crew

Station 28, Whitechapel BA pumps crew
Firefighters from Whitechapel fire station posing with their Proto Mark IV oxygen breathing apparatus sets with their open Dennis dual purpose appliance which could carry either an extension ladder

Background imagePurpose Collection: LCC-LFB Dual purpose appliances (pump escape)

LCC-LFB Dual purpose appliances (pump escape)
Introduced into the London Fire Brigade in 1934, dual purpose appliances meant that the ladders the fire engines carried were interchangeable

Background imagePurpose Collection: LFB Dennis dual-purpose pump, Lambeth HQ

LFB Dennis dual-purpose pump, Lambeth HQ
Lambeths (D61) pump at its base station, on display in Brigade headquarters drill yard. Side mounted pump outlets together with hose-reel tubing and two hook ladders can be seen

Background imagePurpose Collection: League of Nations / 1922

League of Nations / 1922
The opening session of the League of Nations in Geneva. The purpose of the League, set up in 1919 & written into the WW1 peace treaties, was to keep peace through arbitration

Background imagePurpose Collection: Burrell General Purpose Traction Engine TA369 Red Gauntlet

Burrell General Purpose Traction Engine TA369 Red Gauntlet (msn 3798) at the 1959 Andover Steam Fair. (Charles Burrell & Sons were builders of steam traction engines, agricultural machinery)

Background imagePurpose Collection: Franco-British Exhibition - We are Enjoying the Exhibition

Franco-British Exhibition - We are Enjoying the Exhibition
British Comic Postcard - Franco-British Exhibition of 1908 at White City (in West London near Shepherds Bush) - " We are Enjoying the Exhibition" (written in French and English!). Date: 1908

Background imagePurpose Collection: Suffragette Womens Freedom League Caravan

Suffragette Womens Freedom League Caravan. The Womens Freedom toured the South of England in a purpose built caravan, beginning in May 1908

Background imagePurpose Collection: LFDCA-LFB Vintage fire engine in a Clapham street

LFDCA-LFB Vintage fire engine in a Clapham street
A former Middlesex Fire Brigade pump escape which was visiting Clapham fire station. Middlesex was absorbed into the enlarged London Fire Brigade in 1965 with the creation of the Greater London

Background imagePurpose Collection: Mosque at Woking / 1889

Mosque at Woking / 1889
The 1st purpose-built mosque in Britain at the Oriental Institute, Maybury, Woking

Background imagePurpose Collection: AIRCO DH-4

AIRCO DH-4
Designed by Geoffrey De Havilland, this two-seat biplane is Britains first purpose-built bomber

Background imagePurpose Collection: Aveling & Porter General Purpose Engine - 'Elizabeth'

Aveling & Porter General Purpose Engine - 'Elizabeth'
Aveling & Porter General Purpose Engine number 4157 'Elizabeth'. Reg. MA 5525 Built in 1898 by Aveling & Porter at Rochester, powered by a 6 Nhp compound steam engine. Date: 1970s

Background imagePurpose Collection: Burrell General Purpose Engine number 2921, 'Violet'

Burrell General Purpose Engine number 2921, 'Violet', reg. NO 440 Date: circa 1980

Background imagePurpose Collection: Burrell General Purpose Engine number 1563, 'The Big A'

Burrell General Purpose Engine number 1563, 'The Big A', reg AH 7350 Date: circa 1980

Background imagePurpose Collection: Ransomes Sims & Jefferies Engine and threshing machine

Ransomes Sims & Jefferies Engine and threshing machine
Ransomes Sims & Jefferies General Purpose Engine number 31298, 'Garioch Queen', reg. SA 4253, driving a threshing machine. Date: circa 1980

Background imagePurpose Collection: Foster General Purpose Engine number 3710 'Phoenix'

Foster General Purpose Engine number 3710 'Phoenix', reg. CJ 4222 Date: circa 1981

Background imagePurpose Collection: Clayton & Shuttleworth General Purpose Engine 'Lady Diana'

Clayton & Shuttleworth General Purpose Engine 'Lady Diana', reg. HRH 1981 Date: circa 1981

Background imagePurpose Collection: Fowler General Purpose Engine number 14910, 'Rising Star'

Fowler General Purpose Engine number 14910, 'Rising Star', reg. CT9092 Date: 1981

Background imagePurpose Collection: Marshall General Purpose Engine number 43560 'Winifred'

Marshall General Purpose Engine number 43560 'Winifred', reg. BD 5414. Date: circa 1970

Background imagePurpose Collection: General Purpose steam traction engine

General Purpose steam traction engine being loaded onto a low loader for transport. Date: 1970

Background imagePurpose Collection: Lockheed P-80R 44-85200 'Racey'

Lockheed P-80R 44-85200 'Racey' (msn ), at the USAF Museum on Wright-Patterson AFB. The 81st production P-80A-1-LO was used to create the one-off experimental XP-80B

Background imagePurpose Collection: Wallis & Steevens General Purpose Engine number: 7774 'Anne'

Wallis & Steevens General Purpose Engine number: 7774 'Anne'
Wallis & Steevens EXP-class General Purpose Engine number: 7774, 'Anne', regn CT 6081, at York on 16 May 1971. Date: 1971

Background imagePurpose Collection: Fowler General Purpose Engine number: 21647, 'Kinsale'

Fowler General Purpose Engine number: 21647, 'Kinsale'
Fowler A9-class General Purpose Engine number: 21647, 'Kinsale', regn ZB 1135, at Newark on 12 June 1971. Date: 1971

Background imagePurpose Collection: Fowler General Purpose Engine number: 11554, 'Enterprise'

Fowler General Purpose Engine number: 11554, 'Enterprise'
Fowler A4-class General Purpose Engine number: 11554, 'Enterprise', regn CJ 5366, at Banbury on 26 May 1974. Date: 1974

Background imagePurpose Collection: Foster General Purpose Engine number: 2373

Foster General Purpose Engine number: 2373, regn DO 2050, at Carr Park on 30 May 1971. Date: 1971

Background imagePurpose Collection: Clayton & Shuttleworth General Purpose Engine 'Dorothy'

Clayton & Shuttleworth General Purpose Engine 'Dorothy'
Clayton & Shuttleworth General Purpose Engine number: 47015, 'Dorothy', regn BD 5483, at Derby on 8 July 1972. Date: 1972

Background imagePurpose Collection: Foster General Purpose Engine number: 14410, 'Sprig'

Foster General Purpose Engine number: 14410, 'Sprig', regn UP 6481, at Derby on 8 July 1972. Date: 1972

Background imagePurpose Collection: Marshall General Purpose Engine Conversion no.: 78667, Emily

Marshall General Purpose Engine Conversion no.: 78667, Emily
Marshall General Purpose Engine Conversion number: 78667, 'Emily', regn HO 6360, at Northampton on 8 August 1972. Date: 1972

Background imagePurpose Collection: Foster General Purpose Engine number: 14637, 'Saint'

Foster General Purpose Engine number: 14637, 'Saint', regn VL 8371, at Northampton on 8 August 1972. Date: 1972

Background imagePurpose Collection: Marshall General Purpose Engine number: 38977, 'King John'

Marshall General Purpose Engine number: 38977, 'King John', regn HR 3775, at Caenby Corner on 18 August 1972. Date: 1972

Background imagePurpose Collection: Fowler General Purpose Engine number: 15466, 'The Duchess'

Fowler General Purpose Engine number: 15466, 'The Duchess', regn PF 7364, at Pirton on 29 May 1971. Date: 1971



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