Villagers mark centenary of Little Chesterford fire

The great fire of 1914. Photo:

At the time it was one of the region's worst fires - sweeping through homes and ripping the heart out of an historic village.

The blaze at Little Chesterford on the Essex-Cambridgeshire border took place 100 years ago this month and villagers have been marking its centenary.

A firefighter tackles the great fire of 1914.

It destroyed most of the village of Little Chesterford near Saffron Walden in Essex, including nine houses, two farms and two pubs, yet miraculously no one died here in the great fire of 1914.

100 years later and stories surrounding the blaze live on at an exhibition set up by villagers to commemorate the fire which left a quarter of the village homeless.

Exhibition and commemoration of the fire.

It's thought the flames took hold after sparks blew on to a farm alongside the old A11 London to Norwich road and quickly spread to other buildings.

Brewery affected by the great fire of 1914.

Unfortunately despite their considerable efforts much of the village was destroyed. Today there are few signs of it's traumatic past.

Click below to watch Russell Hookey's full report: