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


 Wrea Green 

1934 Directory


RIBBY-WITH-WREA has a pleasant village called Wrea Green, 2 miles west of Kirkham, the atmosphere in this neighbourhood being of a most healthful nature. The township is in the parliamentary division of the Fylde, and in the Fylde county council division and Union. The parish council consists of five members. The line of railway from Kirkham to Lytham has a station here.

The township contains 1,389 acres, and the rateable value is £3,349. Its population 1851-1921 was:


The chief landowners are Mr. Charles E. Harwood, H. L. Birley, Esq., and W. Duckworth, Esq.

The principal residence in the township is Ribby Hall; belonging to W. Duckworth, Esq. The CHURCH is dedicated to St. Nicholas. The original church was built in 1715, and in 1849 it was rebuilt from a design by Mr. E. G. Paley, at a cost of £1,600.. It was consecrated in 1855. About 1857 the interior of the church was renovated and improved by the erection of a handsome stone plupit and a new organ chamber, the chancel tiled, and pitchpine choir stalls provided, and a new vestry was also provided, at a total cost of about £600. A beautiful painted window, to the memory of one of the Birley family, and another to that of Mrs. Fazackerley-Westby, were erected in 1884. In this year also a tower and spire, by Paley & Austin, were built at a cost of £1,300, thus improving greatly the appearance of the church as well as forming a handsome and effective feature in the landscape. A peal of tubular bells was placed in the tower in 1888 to commemorate Her late Majesty's Jubilee. In 1891, a painted window, in memory of the Earl of Carnarvon, was given by the Freemasons of Preston and the Fylde, presented by Sir M. W. Ridley, Bart. Another window was also erected in the same year to the memory of Mrs. Swan and Lieut. E. P. Homan, by the Rev. R. S. and Mrs. Stoney. A handsome coloured window has been placed on the north side in commemoration of the late Queen's Diamond Jubilee, and also one in memory of the late Vicar, at a cost of about £50. The church contains 300 sittings. The benefice is a vicarage of the annual value of £300, in the patronage of the Vicar of Kirkham, and held by the Rev. Charles J. Woodhouse, who resides in a good vicarage, built in 187o at a cost of £1,200. The Ecclesiastical population, which includes Westby, numbers 754.

An INFECTIOUS DISEASE HOSPITAL erected by the Fylde Joint Hospital Committee, is situated at Moss Side. It is arranged on the latest sanitary principles, and consists of seven isolated blocks to accommodate a total of 3o patients. Messrs. Haywood & Harrison were the architects, and Mr. S. Wilson the contractor, the cost being £17,146.

The ENDOWED SCHOOLS for boys and girls have an endowment of £2,113 yearly, arising from an original bequest of £800, left in 1716 by Nicholas Sharpies, a native of Wrea Green, and a sum of £200, left by James Thistleton in 1693. The two trusts were amalgamated in 1755. In 1894 new schools were erected, at a cost of £1,400, from a design by Messrs. Garlick & Sykes, of Preston, the contractors being Messrs. J. Fielding & Sons, of Blackpool.

Post. Money Order and Telegraph Office at Mr. Parrot's. Letters, via Kirkham, arrive at 7-0 a.m. and are despatched at 8-45 a.m. and 4-45 p.m.

Parish Council.—P. L. Birley,Esq., J.P. (chairman), J. Dagger, W. Eccles, C. E. Harwood and G. Cookson: Henry Miller, rating officer ; Rural District Councillor : C. E. Harwood

Ainsworth Mrs. Jane, Blackpool road

Alston Mr. Herbt., Bryning lane

Alston John, gardener, Tarnbrick cotts

Armstrong Mr. Robt., White cottage

Austen Geo., steward, 3 Elms drive

Bagot Mr. Geo., Tarnbrick cottages

Bagot Mr. Wm., Bryning lane

Baines Thos., signalman, Bryning lane

Baines Thos., labr, Smithy fold

Barclay Mrs. Annie, Fairlawn villas

Barcroft Mr. Wm., Bungalow, Moss Side lane

Baron Mr. Arthur S., Whinfield villa

Baron Mrs. Mary, Bryning lane

Baron Thos., foreman, Back of Park Terrace

Benson Josiah, labourer, Moss Side lane

Berry Benj., clerk, 7 Elms drive

Birley Percy L., Esq., J.P., The Villa

Blackwell Mrs. Mary E., 3 North view

Bowker Mr. Benj., Ribby road

Bradley Mrs. Eliz. A., White cottage

Bradley Mr. Wm., Whitegate

Bretherton John W., labourer, 1 Greenside

Briggs Mrs. Kate, 15 First avenue

Brown Mr. John, 4 North view

Bullen Mr. John, Moss Side lane

Cardwell Nicholas, grocer, 2 Spire row

Cardwell Mr. Wm., 2 Smithy fold

Cartmell Edwin, foreman, Ivy cottage

Cartmell Misses Eliz. & Alice, 7 North view

Catlow Mr. Harry, Blackpool road

Cheney Thos. 3., joiner, 4 Manor cottages

Cookson Robt., labr, White cottage

Cottam Henry, labr, The Nook

Coulthard John, labr, Brian cottage

Cowban Mrs. Mary E., Park terrace

Crewe Cyril, mechanic, 20 First Avenue

Crompton Henry, road patrol, Fair View villa

Crook Mr. William, Houghton cottages

Dagger John, platelayer, 1 North view

Dagger Mrs. Ellen Jane, Moss Side farm

Dagger Thos., platelayer, 7 First avenue

Dalton William, joiner, 13 First avenue

Denson Wm., gardener, Ribby road

Davy Joseph, bricklayer, Sunnyside

Diamond Wm., motor drvr, 8 Elms drv

DISTRICT BANK Ltd. (sub-branch to Kirkham), open Wednesdays, 11-15 to 2-15, Saturdays 9-30 to 11-15

Duckworth Alan, btchr, 7 Station road

Duckworth Wm., Esq., J.P., Ribby Hall. Tel. 4 Kirkham

Dugdale Jas., labr, Moss Side lane

Dugdale Mrs. Eliz., Cookson's cottage

Dugdale Mr. Richd., Whinfleld villa

Dunham Mrs. Mary, Fairlawn villas

Eccles Wm., market gardener

Eccles Mr. William, 2 Greenside

Edwards Mr. John Hy., Thirlmere cott

Endowed School ; Chas. Lyon

Fenton Abraham, school attendance officer, 3 First Avenue

Ferries Osborne, joiner, Westfield

Fisher Mr. John Robt., Bryning lane

Fletcher Mr. Josiah, Oshodi, Ribby road. Tel. 55 Kirkham

Fletcher Mr. Wm., Ribby cottages

Foldys Mr. John Oswald, Manor house. Tel. 4Y3 Kirkham

Frost Mr. Chas., 4 Station road

Fulham, Miss Florence, 1 First Avenue

Gallaher John, haulage contrctr, 8 First Avenue

Gardner Jas., labr, 10 First Avenue

Gardner Mr. Wm., Brook house

Gillett Mr. Wm., Park terrace

Glaister Mr. Robt., The Beeches

German Mr. Michael, Tarnbrick cotts

Gregson Mr. Adam, Rose cottage

Hague Mr. John W., 14 First Avenue

Halsall Frank, taper, Landovery, Bryning lane

Harrison Nathaniel, gamekeeper, Ribby cottage

Hartley & Coupe, motor engineers, Blackpool rd. Tel. 16 Kirkham

Harwood Mr. Chas. E., Thirlmere lodge. Tel. 48 Kirkham

Haslam George, motor engineer, 1 Station road ; garage and works, Moor street, Kirkham. Tel. 138

Hesketh Mrs. Emily, Avon cottage

Hollingworth Mr. Fredk. Hy., Myrtle cottage

Holmes Mr. Geo. H., The Grange

Holt John W., gardnr, 1 Station road

Hornby Edwin, 3 Station road

Hornby Thos., spnnr, North view

Hoyle Albt., motor drvr, Ribby road

Hull John P., b'smith and caretaker

Hull Mr. Thos., 2 Church row

Jackson Jas., wvr, 3 Spire row

Jackson Percy, clerk, North view

Jolly Mr. Alex., Houghton cottages

Jolly Miss Alice, Hawthorns

Jolly John, labr, 4 Greenside

Jones Albert, labr, Bryning lane

Kirkham Jph., coal dlr., Ribby

Kirkham Joseph, porter, Bryning lane

Lawson Mr. Wm., Nook cottage

Levitt Mr. Charles, 1 Elms drive

Lloyd Mr. Fredk. R., Park terrace

Lyon Chas., schlmstr, School house

Marks George, hairdrssr, 5 First avenue

Harland Robt., E., pntr, Rose cottage

Marquis Jas., platelyr, 5 North view

Marquis Jas., motor drvr, 9 Elms drive

Marquis Saml., labr, 4 Church row

Miller Henry, clerk, 9 North view

Myles Mr. Thomas, Mill lane

Nicholson Mr. Thos. R.,Melksham Tel. 4X1 Kirkham

Normington Mr. Irvine, 17 First av

Oram Misses Alice & Gertrude, 6 Elms avenue

Parker Albt., b'smith, The fold

Parker Miss Eliz., grocer, Wrea green

Parker Mrs. Hannah, 1 Church row

Parker Mrs. Mary, 3 Greenside  cottage

Parkinson John, labr, 10 North view

Parrott William, post office, Wrea green

Pennington Mr. Wm., Hill farm

Penswick Mr. Thomas, Sunnyhurst

Postlethwaite Mrs. Jane, Brook lane

Powis Mrs. Annie, 1 Manor cottage

Ribby Institute ; Richard Wilson, sec

Richardson Robt., shpkpr, 6 Station rd

Roberts John H., egg dealer, High-

Roberts John H., egg dealer Highgate Cottage

Robinson B., Bank mngr, Bryning lane

Salisbury Lawrence, caretaker, Old Grammar School

Salthouse Wm., bricklayer, Wrea green

Sargent Mr. Edward, Elms cottage

Seaman Wm. Hy., labr, 4 First av

Shorrock Edwd., porter, Bryning lane

Sibley Charles N., labr, 11 First Avenue

Simpson Miss Annie, 8 North view

Slater Mrs. Edith, draper, 2 Station rd

Smallshaw Jas. Hy., platelayer, 19 First Avenue

Smith Jas., labr, Moss Side lane

Snape Mrs. Margt., Avondale, Bryning lane

Soro Mr. Walter, Hospital lodge

Stansfield Mr. Harry, Bungalow, Bryn­ing lane

Stevenson Mrs. Alice, The Haven

Stevenson Mr. Bernard, Rudheath, Ribby road

Stevenson Mrs. Gladys N., Rudheath, Ribby road

Swallow Miss Florence, 8 First Avenue

Swan Mr. John R., Lynwood, Blackpool road

Taylor  Edward R., Melrose, Bryning Lane

Valentine Roger, groundsman, 3 Church row

Walker John, chemist, 5 Elms drive

Walsh  Victor, labr, 12 First avenue

Walton Mrs. Amy, Atherton, Ribby rd

Wareing Bros., wheelwrights, etc.

Wareing Geo. (Wareing Bros.) ; h.Elm villa

Whitehead Richd., caretaker, South view

Whitehead Thos., labr, Smithy fold

Whiteside Harry, gardener, 16 First av

Wilkins Mr. Wm., White house. Tel.21 Kirkham

Willacy Wm., clerk, 4 Spire row

Williams Mrs. Kate, Woodside cottage

Wilson Richd., vict., Grapes Hotel

Winder Jonathan, labr, 18 First avenue

Woodhouse Rev. Chas., J.The Vicarage

 Wright Mrs. Eliz., Rihby cottage

Wright Nicholas, gardnr, 2 North view

Wright Wm., joiner, Villa lodge

Yates Mr. Jolm, 2 First Avenue


Ainsworth Mrs.Margt.A .,Church grove

Baines Richd., Ribby Hall farm

Braithwaite Hy., Cookson's farm

Braithwaite James, Wrea Green

Cookson John, Bryning hill

Cookson Wm., Cookson's farm

Cox John J. (pltry), Ellesmere

Duckworth Wm., Esq., Ribby hall

Gillett Wm., Shepherd's farm

Gregson Wm., Hillock farm

Jones Edwd., Langton's farm

Kirkham Stanley J., Bradkirk

McCall Jph. (pltry), Mill lane

Maxwell Thos., Whinfield farm

Milner Evan, Porter farm

Pennington Wm., Hill farm

Sanderson Thos., 4 Elms drive

Shorrock Thos., Brown's farm

Smith Jph., L., Brook farm

Smith Rd., Rose farm

Stansfield Hy. (poultry), Rose farm

Tomlinson Matthew, Hillocks

Warbrick Thos., Blackburn's farm