The Great Fire of London, in 1666, devastated a huge area of the City and prompted changes which led to the first organised firefighting in London. In the centuries that followed, the London firefighters developed into a fully trained and well-organised professional group, capable of fighting fires above and below ground and providing a wide range of other rescue and emergency services to the capital.
It is likely that London has had some form of firefighting from as early as the time of the Romans. However, after the Roman armies left Britain in 415 AD, any organised attempts to fight fires were abandoned. Following the Norman Conquest in 1066, King William the Conqueror insisted that all fires should be put out at night to reduce the risk of fire in houses with straw 'carpets' and thatched roofs. William's law of couvre-feu (literally - cover fire) became the modern term curfew. Even so, a huge fire destroyed a large part of the city in 1212 and was said to have killed some 3,000 people.
Orders can be placed online, by phone or by post. The UK Postal address for orders is: Oxford Diecast Ltd, PO Box 363, Southampton S014 0TJ
As well as accepting sterling cheques we accept Euro cheques (over 50 euros) and US$ cheques (over 50 dollars).
The postage charges for non members are:
Order Value: £0.00 - £19.99UK: £2.95
Rest of the World: £6.45
Order Value: £20.00 & OverUK: £4.95
Rest of the World: £6.95
Orders are dispatched within 3 working days and can take between 3-5 working days for UK mainland.
If you choose to join the club you will receive any multi-purchase discounts at the time of ordering, by selecting the membership level you want and adding it to your order.
We can ship to virtually any address in the world. Note that there are restrictions on some products, and some products cannot be shipped to international destinations. Please click here to learn more about our international postage.
You may return most new, unopened items within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. We'll also pay the return shipping costs if the return is a result of our error (you received an incorrect or defective item, etc.).
You should expect to receive your refund within four weeks of giving your package to the return shipper, however, in many cases you will receive a refund more quickly. This time period includes the transit time for us to receive your return from the shipper (5 to 10 business days), the time it takes us to process your return once we receive it (3 to 5 business days), and the time it takes your bank to process our refund request (5 to 10 business days).
If you need to return an item, please contact our customer services team on 023 8024 8850