Wednesday, 19 February 2014
Insurance Fire Plaques
The other day while walking round Thame in Oxforshire my wife pointed out a plaque on a wall she thought was a date for the house. I explained it was an Insurance Fire Mark which were quite common on houses back in the 17th century and indicated that the house would be safe in the event of a fire, safe that is if you were up todate with your insurance the company fire brigade would extinguish it for you. Mind you only if they got there in time. I thought that the marks would be a good idea for a blog so I'll show a few of the ones I have come across
The first time I came across them was while walking round a village called Blewbury which is just off the downs in what was Berkshire
Along the London road I noticed this mark high up on a cottage wall.
The next time I was in the Village I spotted this one which was a different type
Then a round the corner along a road called Nottingham Fee a familiar one high on the wall of a house.
I noticed this one was in a village called Drayton just off the green. I stopped to take a photo of this mark only to be asked by a neighbor what I was doing and could they help. Nothing wrong in looking out for next door is there. I told them and they said look along the Causeway there are a number of houses with them.
They were right about that, and all of them different
Looks like it was painted over at one point
You can just make this one out forming part of the decoration at the bottom
The next two were on the same house I don't think they are on the original house and most likely put on as decoration
One was used as a house name
It was called Phoenix House along the Bromyard Road in Worcester
This cottage in Thame has mark on it
which I might add this is one I have not seen before.