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Wray, Lancashire

Wray is located in Lancashire
 Wray shown within Lancashire
Population 521 
OS grid reference
Civil parish Wray-with-Botton
District Lancaster
Shire county Lancashire
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Lancaster
Postcode district LA2
Dialling code 01524
Police Lancashire
Fire Lancashire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
List of places

Wray is a small village in Lancashire, England, part of the civil parish of Wray-with-Botton, in the City of Lancaster district. Wray is the point at which the River Roeburn joins the River Hindburn.


  • Demographics 1
  • Facilities 2
  • History 3
    • 1967 Wray Flood 3.1
    • Railway 3.2
  • Scarecrow Festival 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


According to the 2001 census[1] Wray-with-Botton had 521 residents, 269 male, 252 female and 200 homes.


The village has a general store with a tearoom, Bridge House Farm Tearooms; and two restaurants, The Inn at Wray (Closed for business in 2012) and Bridge House Bistro.

Wray has a wireless broadband network maintained by Lancaster University with a wireless mesh network.[2] The village is also working with the university to trial a digital TV network through the mesh.

Wray is the Scarecrow village of Lancashire and has a website[3] one of the earliest villages to so. Wray is home to the "maggot races", an annual event which raises money for local charities.


1967 Wray Flood

A flash flood on 8 August 1967 of the river Roeburn resulted in the loss of houses, bridges, livestock, vehicles, and personal possessions. Despite the scale of the devastation, no serious injury was done to any residents. The flood is illustrated in the Millennium Mosaic, completed in September 2000, which represents the wind and storm spewing out a great tide of water. The mosaic is in the 'Flood Garden' on Main Street, the site of some of the houses demolished by the flood. Photos of the flood are village website and displayed the post office.[4]


Wray railway station was between Hornby and Wennington on the "little" North Western Railway. It opened in 1849 and closed six months later.[5]

Scarecrow Festival

The Scarecrow Festival, established 1995, takes place every year during the week leading up to May Day when there is a fair. During the week there are refreshments served daily in the village hall and a parade of the giants. Lots of the villagers put up scarecrows outside their homes, and these are all photographed and added to the digital noticeboard online via the village website. On Easter Monday 2011, the festival's cricket match, Twicket, was live-streamed on the internet.

See also


  1. ^ "Parish headcount".  
  2. ^ Mesh delivers broadband to DSL "Black spots" in UK Villages
  3. ^ Wray Village website
  4. ^ Garnett, Emmeline (2002). The Wray Flood of 1967: Memories of a Lune Valley Community. Lancaster University.  
  5. ^ Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd.  

External links

  • Virtual Tour of the Village with panoramas and hundreds of photos, plus video history of the Scarecrow Festival and Wray Fair.
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