Lytham St.Annes Coat of Arms
Lytham St.Annes, Lancashire, England



The Preston Guardian, Saturday, May 20th, 1865

FIRE AT WREA GREEN .--On Thursday morning, at Wrea Green, a fire broke out, between five and six o'clock, at a house belonging to H. H. Hornby, Esq., and occupied by Ellen Dagger. It is one of four cottages near to the Manor House.

When perceived the thatch was all in a blaze, and the chimney was on fire. The time was, however, a fortunate one. The various workmen were just crossing the green to their daily labour, and a goodly muster of able and willing hands were soon on the spot, and got the fire out with little loss. A quantity of thatch, spars, &c., were burned but the fire did not get into the house.

The origin of the fire is not yet known, but Mrs. Dagger bakes oat cakes for various families, and uses a great quantity of turf, and it is supposed the chimney has become overheated, and so communicated with the timber and the thatch.

The exertions of Mr. Cookson and his men, the men at the villa and the neighbourhood, throughout deserve the highest praise. A ditch was near at hand, well supplied with water, and this being judiciously applied, no doubt saved the whole row of cottages.