Prestbury History


April Meeting – change of venue

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.

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February 26th Meeting

Michael Cole will be presenting at the next meeting of the Prestbury Local History Society in the W.I. Hall.  It will take place on Monday 26th February at 7.30 pm.
The topic is ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’.
Michael has kindly provided an introduction to his talk:
In the early years of Queen Victoria’s reign two people owned a large proportion of Prestbury, and their ownership has had a lasting effect on the look of the village. In this presentation we examine how  Susanna Capel and John Edwards, neither of whom was born in Prestbury, came to inherit their estates. Strangely, the trail leads us to four weddings and a funeral in the distant village of King’s Stanley near Stroud. 
A fascinating topic from an experienced local history researcher which will provide a valuable insight to two local families.
Our AGM will take place at our March meeting.  If you would like to nominate a member to join the committee or would like to enquire about the role, then please contact the society via email on

2018 Programme Announced!

Please have a look at our Meetings & Events page to see details of next year’s talks, events and walks.

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Winter Newsletter now available

We hope you enjoy our Winter Newsletter 2017 

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Try our Christmas Crossword!

Why not try your hand at our Christmas Crossword and see how well you know the history of our village?!

Hints and Answers are available. You can complete it online or print it out.

We hope you enjoy it. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!


Prestbury School – Monday 23rd October

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.

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NEW! Street Directories

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.

Monday 24th April : Prestbury Manor Court Rolls

Join us at 7:30pm on Monday 24th April at the Prestbury WI Hall.

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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.

NEW: Prestbury Past & Present Volume 2!

Prestbury Local History Society are please to announce the release of our new book.

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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:


New Programme for 2017 Announced!

Please see our Meetings & Events page for further details our 2017 programme.

January 23rd         History of Winchcombe – Carol Harris

February 27th      Prestbury’s Military Connections – Tony Noel

March 27th           (The AGM) ‘A trip to Southam De la Bere 1879’ – Michael Cole

April 24th              Prestbury Manor Court Rolls – Norman Baker

May 22nd               Prestbury’s Stables & Jockeys – Val Porter

June 26th               Village History Walk (NEW route for 2016!)

September 25th    Archive & Quiz evening

October 23rd         Prestbury School – Rebecca Sillence

November 27th     TBC – Michelle Rees