Fred Pratt Green

GREEN, Fred(erick) Pratt. b. Roby, near Liverpool, 2 September 1903; d. Norwich, 22 October 2000. He was educated at Huyton High School, Wallasey Grammar School and Rydal School, before training for the Methodist ministry at Didsbury College, Manchester. It was here that he wrote Farley Goes Out, a missionary play performed widely, and the forerunner of twelve further plays both secular and religious. Ordained in 1928, Pratt Green wrote his first hymn, ‘God lit a flame in Bethlehem’ and a carol, ‘Who knocks? Who knocks so late on my door?’ for Hunmanby Hall School, East Yorkshire, where he was chaplain (1928 –31). Here he met and in 1931 married Marjorie Dowsett, a teacher of French and...

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