Bishopsgate Depot Fire

5.50 a.m. December 4th 1964 - Bishopsgate Depot Fire

Early one morning before the break of day
A depot railway foreman working saw to his dismay
Smoke and flame rising from the lock up store
The fourth of December nineteen sixty four

The draught from the lift shaft Made the fire become a blaze
Fire warning to the staff and the alarm was raised
Combustible material exploded with a roar
Flames lapping high and wide to reach the warehouse floor

The blaze swept through the shed A swift engulfing tide
High in the bonded warehouse two men were trapped inside
We cannot move the trailers or the loaded trains
Forgotten rules and failures added to the flames.

The roof and warehouse crashes two customs men have died
In the ruins and the ashes a thousand jobs beside
Those brief and tragic hours and the lives they stole
As the fire's power wanes the firemen gain control.

The depot walls are standing blackened, gaunt and bare
The faces of the railwaymen reflected their despair
I see the smoking ruins with bitter irony
The future holds nothing now but redundancy

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Source Title 5.50 a.m. December 4th 1964 - Bishopsgate Depot Fire
Bargery Number 658
Roud Not in the Roud Index
Earliest Date 1950
Evidence for Earliest Date Date of event described
Source of Text Trains of thought : poems and prose / by Jim Ward. British Library General Reference Collection YK.1996.b.10509
Author Jim Ward (1910-1991)
Music (Given or Suggested) Poem
Source of Music n/a
Composer n/a
Music Notation n/a
Printer or Publisher London Voices
Where Printed London
First Line Early one morning before the break of day
Parsed Title Bishopsgate Depot Fire

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Sources (texts, music) & Publishing data

Source Title 5.50 a.m. December 4th 1964 - Bishopsgate Depot Fire
Bargery Number 658
Roud Not in the Roud Index
Earliest Date 1950
Evidence for Earliest Date Date of event described
Source of Text Trains of thought : poems and prose / by Jim Ward. British Library General Reference Collection YK.1996.b.10509
Author Jim Ward (1910-1991)
Music (Given or Suggested) Poem
Source of Music n/a
Composer n/a
Music Notation n/a
Printer or Publisher London Voices
Where Printed London
First Line Early one morning before the break of day
Parsed Title Bishopsgate Depot Fire
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