The redbrick buildings constructed around the Village Green c.1950 are those most associated with the name of Perlethorpe today. They were built for the exclusive occupancy of those employed on Thoresby Estate's three main industries: Home Farm, the Forestry Commission, and the Woodard. Pre-1950s maps indicate the Green was established at the same time as the houses were built, and was not a feature before then. Electricity had been supplied to Perlethorpe just prior to their building, and wireless sets (radios) depended upon rechargeable accumulators.
There were never any shops in Perlethorpe apart from the local Post Office by the Kennells. During the 1930's a Co-op van with a huge shoe on its roof would visit the village in the hope of collecting boots for repair, but most households did their own. In the 1940's Mr Fillingham from Wolesly would arrive on a horse and cart, selling basic household goods such as candles. In the 1950's I personally remember a large Library Van the size of a removal truck would park in the village, and then proceed to Three Gables, the Woodyard, so the residents could step into the back of it and choose their reading matter from the well stocked shelves.
Above: 2 The Village Green, Perlethorpe, c.1958. I well remember, during during the early1950s, how a small Bush television set in the front room of 2 Radleys Lane played black and white host to the Lone Ranger, and later how independent television introduced "Murray mints, too good to hurry mints" and "Hoover beats as it sweeps as it cleans".
There is also video of Perlethorpe, 2014, on THIS LINK, and more historic information about the village on THIS LINK.
For more pictures and information about Perlethorpe Village see: Perlethorpe School, Perlethorpe Village Hall & Social Club, Perlethorpe Village floods.