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The Kent Fire Office was the county’s first fire insurance company, founded in 1802 well over a hundred years after the first in London. The Kent Fire Office used Kent’s Invicta horse as its symbol. The Kent Fire Office was taken over by Royal Insurance in 1901. Some of these were pressed from sheet copper and some were cast in lead.

Sun Insurance Fire Mark

Sun insurance was the first to use a fire mark or fire insurance plaque.  Fire insurance came into being following the Great Fire of London and soon afterwards the insurance companies realised the benefits of forming their own fire brigades to protect their interests.

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