Introduction to this topic
FIRES and FLOODS:
Photo from family collection
Hickling has suffered a number of fires down the years: here we have memories of two of the bigger ones that occurred during our Voices’ lifetimes - the Town Street fire in 1931 and the Hickling Hall fire in 2014.
Before that there were at least one fire at the Hall in 1845.
At one stage the village had an active fire brigade, with its own engine (above). The volunteer firemen were on duty every other night. While they were primarily there for Hickling, they also went further afield (even as far as Norwich) to help with bigger fires.
Apart from wet winters, there have been major floods in the area, and this topic covers both fires and floods, both with disastrous effects on the village and its people