For around 30 years it was possible for the public to call the fire brigade without using a telephone. Fire alarms were made available across the town, mounted on posts, typically near factories.
Each alarm, when pulled, would send its number to the fire station, using a direct line. The fire brigade would know where to send the crew, who would be able to work out for themselves where the fire was when they got there.
The alarms were withdrawn from service in 1953.
In 1937 the chief fire officer’s report gave a list of the locations of the 36 fire alarm posts. OS maps show the position of an alarm as ‘F A P’, or ‘Fire Alarm Post’.
From the minutes of the
Fire Brigade, Baths and Library Committee
Tuesday, 14th April, 1937
Gamewell Closed Circuit Fire Alarm System, in three circuits, with 36 succession type boxes, four circuit switchboard, automatic repeater, and visual indicator.
|Station fire alarm||55|
|Church Road corner of Batsworth Road||15|
|Western Road junction of Church Road||18|
|High Street Colliers Wood outside tube station||23|
|Denison Road opposite Miller Road||25|
|High Street Colliers Wood corner Robinson Road||27|
|Norfolk Road opposite Harewood Road||31|
|Hawks Road junction of Turner Avenue||35|
|Fleming Mead junction of Alexandra Road||36|
|Tooting Junction near Grenfell Road||42|
|Links Road corner of Hailsham Road||44|
|Seely Road opposite Cromer Road||46|
|Woodlands corner of Cavendish Road||51|
|Upper Green corner of Upper Green West||53|
|Lavender Avenue corner of Steers Mead||54|
|Haslemere Road junction of Church Road||61-16|
|Streatham Road junction of London Road||113|
|Streatham Road opposite Pascalls||115|
|Streatham Road corner of Park Avenue||117|
|Greyhound Terrace corner of Marian Road||121|
|Grove Road between Woodstock and Warminster Way||123|
|Carshalton Road near Mitcham Junction||152|
|London Road opposite Morden Road||164|
|Edgehill Road opposite Beecholme Avenue||231|
|Caesars Walk opposite Walsingham Road||243|
|Bramcote Avenue opposite Mitcham Park||131-10|
|Stanford Road junction of Windermere Road||125|
|Northborough Road opposite Beckway Road||128|
|Manor Road near Robinhood Close||133|
|Castleton Road junction of Commonside East||134|
|Commonside East corner of Tamworth Park||141|
|Sherwood Park Road opposite Lexden Road||143|
|Rowan Road corner of Stanford Way||212|
|Beech Grove junction of Dahlia Gardens||213|
|Galpins Road corner or Manton Way||215|
|Longthornton Road junction of Rowan Road||223-10|
This list was part of a report by the Chief Officer, Albert G. Wells, M.I.Fire. E.
Maps of Locations
Fire Alarm Posts are identified by the letters F A P on the map.
Minutes of meetings held by the Mitcham Borough Council are available on request from the Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre at Morden Library.