Some of the unusual Fire Escapes from the Queens Road shop.

Fire Escape from the basement to the road behind the watchbox.
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Fire Escape from the kitchenware department stockroom onto the shop floor.
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Kitchenware fire escape from the 'dungeons' which led into the Furnishing Fabric stockroom.
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Not forgetting the fire exit to the roof (please note the rope!)
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As today, Partners have always been made aware of the escape routes from their department. This was to ensure their safety as well as that of the customer.

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  • Re Jo’s comment. There was a walkway across the roof which led to an iron staircase down to ground level at the rear of the shop. There were landings on the way down where fire exits from other floors joined the staircase.

    By Michael Horniman (29/09/2007)
  • I notice that the fire exit stairs in the last photo don’t appear to go anywhere!

    By Jo Spence (06/09/2007)

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