We are pleased to offer a new local history booklet, which has been researched and written by our chairman Tony Noel, telling the story of the Prestbury Post. Members of the the Sumption family have run the village postal service for more than 140 years, a significant service to the local community and a noteworthy part in our local history. Many in the village will be aware that Prestbury Post Office has recently closed its doors and its future remains uncertain.
Copies are available from Prestbury Library or can be purchased at our talks and meetings. Cost £3.00.
Please be aware there is a change of venue for our April meeting. The presentation has been moved to the Village Hall in Bouncers Lane due to essential maintenance at the W.I. Hall.
Please join us for a talk by local history author and researcher Norman Baker at 7:30pm on Monday 23rd April.
Please have a look at our Meetings & Events page to see details of next year’s talks, events and walks.
Why not try your hand at our Christmas Crossword and see how well you know the history of our village?! https://prestburyhistory.com/plhs-christmas-crossword
Hints and Answers are available. You can complete it online or print it out.
We hope you enjoy it. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
Join us at 7:30pm on Monday 23rd October at the Prestbury WI Hall.
The subject for the meeting will be the history of Prestbury School. This will take you on a journey back to 1702 with founding of the first church school in the parish and through the centuries, telling the story of how the school has developed into the establishment we know and love today.
The presentation will be followed by tea & coffee and there will be an opportunity to share your own memories and photos of the school.
We are currently in the process of digitising the Prestbury entries in the local street and trades directories. 1901 and 1903 are now available to view online via our Street & Trade Directories page.
Join us at 7:30pm on Monday 24th April at the Prestbury WI Hall.
The subject for the meeting on April 24 is ‘Prestbury Manor Court Rolls’. There are over a hundred rolls dating back to the 14th century held at Gloucestershire Archives. All except those from 1733 to 1871 are in Latin! This presentation by Norman Baker will cover the history of the Rolls and some of the information gained from the entries from 1733. The accounts shed light on the lives of the villagers, village ways, customs and places.
The presentation will be followed by tea & coffee and the launch of out new book Prestbury Past & Present : Volume 2. There will be an opportunity to chat to the author after his talk and have your copy signed.
Prestbury Local History Society are please to announce the release of our new book.
Prestbury Past & Present : Volume 2 By Norman J Baker
Prestbury is a delightful village in a very attractive setting. It is well known to millions of people because of its famous race course, Prestbury Park, yet its history is little explored.
Volume 2 in the Prestbury Past & Present series contains four studies. The first is ‘An Exploration Into the Beginning and Early Development of the Village of Prestbury’ and covers the period of transition from a Saxon estate in the possession of the Bishops of Hereford to a village with nine large open fields.
Secondly a study of the history of Home Farm which the author links with the Home Farm of the 13th century moated Manor House. The third study is of Lower Mill the oldest of the two mills which were once operating in Prestbury. The fourth study is a fairly detailed account of the nine open fields, their boundaries and history.
The book will be launched at the meeting of the Prestbury Local History Society on April 24th at the W.I. Hall in Prestbury. The book costs £10. Copies are available at the regular meetings of Prestbury Local History Society, from the author, or by post (add £2.50 p&p) via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org