1950s phone box goes to museum

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AN ORIGINAL fire brigade phone box from the 1950s has been recovered from 
the former Bosham fire station for a new life in Amberley Museum.

The phone box was an original feature of the old retained fire station, in Critchfield Road, Bosham, which will soon be developed for housing.

It was connected direct to the fire control room so that members of the public could contact the fire service in the event of an fire.

It will now form part of the fire station collection at Amberley Working Museum near Arundel.

The old fire station site will shortly be developed for housing by Hyde Housing.

Barrie Lambeth, a fire service engineer for West Sussex County Council (WSCC), is also a volunteer at Amberley Museum and made the initial request that the phone be recovered and saved for future generations.

He said: “We built the fire station at Amberley to house and display fire engines, equipment and memorabilia from the past.

“The collection features heavily on West Sussex, so we felt it would be good to preserve something of a fire station that is no more.”

Louise Goldsmith, leader of WSCC, said: “It’s important that we preserve these little pieces of history for future generations.

“I’m particularly pleased that the development includes much-needed affordable homes and that the fire station will still have a community benefit.”

The development, by the Hyde Group, will provide three affordable homes – one three-bed and two one-bed.

The Bosham fire station was closed in 2011 as part of a major revamp which was carried out to save 
West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service an estimated 
£1.2m a year.