1891 Fire

In some out-buildings and pigsties behind the Railway Tavern

By Kathryn Betts

On 29th May 1891 a fire was found raging in some out-buildings and pigsties at the rear of the Railway Tavern.

The following report appeared in the Royston Crow on 5th June 1891:
On Friday afternoon last, May 29th, a fire was discovered raging in some out-buildings and pig styes, at the rear of the Railway Tavern.  Fortunately it was discovered in time, and the pigs were speedily removed, whilst the men who are engaged enlarging the platform of the Melbourn and Meldreth Station, under the able supervision of Mr Middleton, the station master, rendered invaluable assistance and prevented the fire from spreading to the adjoining property.  Had it not been for the prompt and energetic action displayed, no doubt Meldreth would again have been the scene of another large and disastrous fire.  No one appears to know in what manner the fire originated, or by what means these out-buildings became ignited.  Damage to the amount of £17 was done, which is covered by insurance.

This page was added by Kathryn Betts on 06/12/2010.