Discovering Kestor Lane (23-03-07)

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KESTOR Lane is, in my view, one of the most pleasant streets in Longridge, and it has an interesting past.

This picture dates from circa 1910 and on the right are Rose Villas that were built in 1897.

We don't know who the little girl is but she is obviously proud to be in the shot and is obeying instructions by standing to attention for the delayed exposure which was then required!

A far cry from the digital photography which is available to everyone today.

You could be forgiven for thinking that the land on the left is the recreation ground but it now has houses built on it.

The recreation ground which is out of shot on the left was at this time privately owned and used as the cricket ground.

It would be another 10 years before the council bought "the Rec" as a memorial to those lost in the First World War.

The prominent building on the left adjacent to the top of the lamppost is the Wheatsheaf Inn and it is said that around this time the Inn lost its licence for serving drinks and gaming well beyond closing time!

During the Second World War the cellars were used as air raid shelters but having survived potential bombing the Inn and the house next to it were demolished in the mid 1960s.

Lancashire County Council built prefabricated buildings on the site which were used by the Education Service.

These were demolished and replaced with the houses we see on the site today.