BARBARA ASKEW gave a talk about the Windsor Castle fire at October’s meeting. The “Great Fire of Windsor” started on November 20, 1992 in the castle’s chapel when a spotlight caused a curtain to catch alight.
The fire was discovered by picture restorer Viola Pemberton-Pigott and the fire brigade was called.
The Windsor Castle brigade was first on the scene, followed by crews from Berkshire, Windsor and Slough.
There was a number of fire hydrants in the grounds which had been covered with gravel as they were deemed unsightly, making them difficult for the firefighters to locate.
The fire was channelled into the Brunswick Tower, where it burned for 15 hours. It took 200 firefighters and 500,000 gallons of water to put it out.