The playing field
Green Dragon Lane and Chapman Lane

The field as it once looked
(picture from SWOP website)

The playing field today

This playing field was once a farm
With pastures fit for cows,
The land next door, another field,
Perhaps for rearing sows.
How little changed this corner is
When photographs are shown,
The only difference is, perhaps,
That now the grass is mown.

Originally cricket and football were played on farmland belonging to Mr Smith. This later became the recreation ground in the centre of the village. Football moved to Wilks Park but cricket remained. Eventually the recreation ground had no space for cricket and this along with the junior football team had to be moved elsewhere. This corner site proved an ideal spot to relocate to.
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