Life in black-and-white in picturesque Fylde village of the past

There's something about Wrea Green which transports you back to a different time, even today.

Thursday, 22nd March 2018, 3:12 pm
Updated Thursday, 22nd March 2018, 3:15 pm
Station Road, Wrea Green, in December 1965

And these black-and-white archive photographs provide a snapshot of what life was like in one of the Fylde’s most picturesque villages in years gone-by.

Agriculture was the main source of employment in Wrea Green, until after the Second World War.

Wrea Green is first officially mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1068. The name of the village eventually, through misspellings and a growing population between Ribby With Wray. But as there was already a Wray in Lancaster, and the spelling of the village name was changed to Wrea.

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One of the Fyldes most desired residences in 1910  The Villa at Wrea Green

In 1891, the population was 401; in 1951 it was 697 and by 1981, it was 1,464.

According to the Wrea Green Village website – www.wreagreen.com – the village suffered a plague of sparrows in 1897, and the parish council agreed to pay a halfpenny for every sparrow, sparrow’s egg or rat’s tail that was 
collected.

Views of Wrea Green in 1960
Kirkham historical, flax cotton mill
Historical undated farming scene in Wrea Green
Young brothers Frank and Stuart Margison of Burnley enjoy the green, in June 1960
Wrea Green Cricket Club playing on the green, in 1986  a summer tradition in the village, which boasted one of the most picturesque pitches in Lancashire
Wrea Green, pictured in 1990
The dried-up remains of Wrea Green pond, in June 1978
Wrea Green Windmill in July 1983, before any work had started
One of the Fyldes most desired residences in 1910  The Villa at Wrea Green
Views of Wrea Green in 1960
Kirkham historical, flax cotton mill
Historical undated farming scene in Wrea Green
Young brothers Frank and Stuart Margison of Burnley enjoy the green, in June 1960
Wrea Green Cricket Club playing on the green, in 1986  a summer tradition in the village, which boasted one of the most picturesque pitches in Lancashire
Wrea Green, pictured in 1990
The dried-up remains of Wrea Green pond, in June 1978
Wrea Green Windmill in July 1983, before any work had started