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
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 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.