This book has been produced in response to local interest
in Rufford in times past and in the hope of raising
funds for our Village School.
The photographs mirror life in Rufford in days gone
by and should provide many interesting points for
debate and discussion. Older families of the community
will be reminded of pleasurable times in their youth,
while the younger generation and newcomers to Rufford
will enjoy brief glimpses and reflections of the past.
Have things changed for the better? Is life richer
for progress and new inventions? Have long-standing
traditions been forgotten and ignored? Perhaps buildings
have vanished that should never have been demolished?
Is Rufford all the better for an `improved' main road?
Whatever happened to . . . . . . . . . . . ? We could
ask a hundred and one such questions as we browse
through the photographs of Rufford in times past.
The village of Rufford, like many of its counterparts
in Britain, is an ever changing scene and the aerial
photograph taken in 1971 shows how much the area is
changing in present times. The telephone exchange
has since been built, together with development in
Holmeswood Road, The Flash, Church Road and in the
paddock adjacent to the school.
The stables and outbuildings of the Hesketh Arms have
long since gone and, more recently, the interior reflects
the life and times of the present moment. The school
grounds and boundaries have changed and once majestic
elms have been cut down to ground level as a result
Rufford Park, however, remains essentially the same,
although the now famous Mediaeval Fair has superseded
the Rufford Agricultural Show, whose Committee of
1920 can be seen at the end of this book.
No doubt by the year 2000, more changes will have
taken place in the village, and it is left to the
imagination and the individual as to what they might
be and how well they might benefit the local community.