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WREA GREEN is a village in the Fylde borough of Lancashire
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
Wrea Green
has approximately 1,600 residents, many of whom work at the nearby Warton Aerodrome 2 miles away, where BAE Systems
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
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.

CONTENTS

* 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

HISTORY

A part of the village of Wrea Green
Wrea Green
(actually as a separate hamlet) existed before the time of the Domesday Book
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
Wrea Green
railway station . In 1897 Wrea Green
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

The large Grade II listed Anglican
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.

LOCAL BUSINESSES

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
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
St Nicholas
replaced the Sharples school. The oldest part of the present school building dates from 1898.

TWIN TOWNS

* - Saint-Bris-le-Vineux
Saint-Bris-le-Vineux

Since November 2005 the village has been twinned the small picturesque French village of Saint-Bris-le-Vineux
Saint-Bris-le-Vineux
in Burgundy . A delegation of Wrea Green