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Saturday 16 March 1872 - Thatched cottages destroyed by fire

Category Wickhamford
The Worcester Journal
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FIRE. – On Saturday afternoon last a destructive fire broke out at the village of Wickhamford, about three mile from Evesham, which resulted in the total destruction of three cottages, the property of Capt. Lord. The Birmingham district engine attended, under the supervision of Mr. Thos. New, but nothing could be done to save the houses, which were very old ones, with thatched roofs, and they were nearly burnt down before the engine arrived. The inhabitants of two of the cottages managed to save their property, but the house in which the fire originated was burnt down before its contents could be removed. The fire is attributed to the carelessness of some children who were left in charge of one of the cottages burnt, whilst their parents were at work in the field. The property was fully insured.