Lauriston Place Edinburgh
Lauriston Place was where The Fire Museum previously occupied Lauriston Fire Station at the top of Lady Lawson Street. The Building still remains next to The Art College. Other building that are, or were in Lauriston Place, Heriot’s Hospital School, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary which was built with the wishes of the 6 times Lord Provost of Edinburgh George Drummond, Merchant Maiden Hospital (Mary Erskine’s) George Watson’s Hospital (George Watson’s College). Mary Erskine’s 1818 – 1870 and George Watson’s 1870 – 1932 both used the building in Archibald Place Edinburgh. George Watson’s originally starting in another building which the Royal Infirmary moved to.
Museum Of Fire Edinburgh
The Museum of Fire can be found in Lauriston Place Edinburgh just up from the Grassmarket next to the Edinburgh College of Art and George Heriots School. The Edinburgh Fire Brigade is the oldest municipal fire brigade in the United Kingdom. The statue of the Founder, can be seen in Parliament Square Edinburgh.You can see what the fire-fighters used to put fires out more than 400 years ago. Learn about smoke eaters, steam powered fire engines and chimney pigs during a fascinating visit. Children have the opportunity to try on historic fire gear including brass helmets and ring the fire bells on the engines. The oldest items on display are the ‘cleikes of iron’, used to pull burning thatch from the roof of Edinburgh Castle in the 1400s.
The Central Fire Station opened in 1900 and served Edinburgh for circa 100 years before becoming a museum, but now it has been closed due to funding.
Aye Ready plaque reads; In memory of James Braidwood, first master of fire engines in Edinburgh and founder of the British fire service. Born in Edinburgh in 1800, who died whilst fighting a fire in Tooley Street London in 1861.
Aye Mindit plaque reads; In recognition of all the firefighters in the world who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of others. This plaque was unveiled by councilor K harrol, convener of the Lothian and Borders Fire Board, on the 11 September 2002, the first anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre in New York where 343 firefighters gave their lives.
A fire engine from the past stands outside the museum in Lauriston Place that could have been used in the great fire in the High Street in the 1814