WREA GREEN is a village in the Fylde borough of
Lancashire , England.
It lies about 2 miles west of Kirkham . Along with the village of
Ribby, it forms the civil parish
Ribby with Wrea .
Wrea Green has approximately 1,600 residents, many of whom work at
Warton Aerodrome 2 miles away, where
BAE Systems is a major
local employer. Uniquely for the Fylde Coast, Wrea Green, as described
by its name, surrounds a large common land space at one side of which
is a duck pond , known locally as 'The Dub'.
Wrea Green has won "Lancashire\'s Best Kept Village " award 15 times
- 1959, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1972, 1980, 1986, 1987, 1993, 1996, 2001,
2005, 2009, 2010 and 2012.
* 1 History
* 2 Religion
* 3 Local businesses
* 4 Community events
* 5 Education
* 6 Twin towns
* 7 Recent development
* 8 See also
* 9 References
* 10 External links
A part of the village of
Wrea Green (actually as a separate hamlet)
existed before the time of the
Domesday Book , with the name of
Ricksby. The name was changed along the way to Rigbi. In this guise it
was mentioned in Domesday, as was the neighbouring hamlet of Wra
(which became Wray). The name of the village eventually, through
misspellings and a growing population became Ribby with Wray. As there
was already a Wray in the county of Lancaster (Lune Valley) the
spelling of the village name was changed to Wrea. As the village has
the largest village green in the county and to distinguish it further
from the other Wray, the name "Wrea Green" was born.
Between 1846 and 1961, the village was served by
Wrea Green railway
station . In 1897
Wrea Green suffered a plague of sparrows and the
Parish Council agreed to pay a halfpenny for every sparrow, sparrow's
egg or rat’s tail that was collected.
The property at the northern end of Church Row was for many years the
office of J. Wareing "> St Nicholas' Church, from the south
Grade II listed
Anglican parish church is dedicated to St
Nicholas . The original small church on the site was licensed for
services in 1722 and was consecrated by the
Bishop of Chester in 1755.
This was eventually demolished and on 13 May 1848 the new vicar, G. L.
Parsons, laid the foundation stone for the present structure.
It was rebuilt in 1848–49 by the Lancaster architects Sharpe and
Paley . In 1884 the tower and spire were added by the successors in
the same practice,
Paley and Austin .
The church is active, has regular weekly services and is a popular
wedding venue. An extension was built in the late 2000s.
The village has a few small businesses and eating places. These
include an artificial grass supplier and installer, a hair salon, a
construction design services consultancy, a pub (the Grapes), a
holiday hotel, sports and conference centre, a tearoom, a Thai
restaurant, a post office with shop, a hotel with restaurant and a
dentist. There is also the
Wrea Green Institute, a members club with a
community room. J. Wareing "> School House
The school (Ribby-with-Wrea Endowed C.E.) was founded by James
Thistleton in 1693. A second school was founded by Nicholas Sharples
in 1715. The two trusts were united in 1750. It moved to the current
site in 1845, when the church of
St Nicholas replaced the Sharples
school. The oldest part of the present school building dates from
Since November 2005 the village has been twinned the small
picturesque French village of
Saint-Bris-le-Vineux in Burgundy . A