Prestbury History


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

Prestbury Village Fete

Prestbury Village Fete to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.Village Fete

Prestbury: Past & Present Vol. 1


We are excited to be introducing our new publication Prestbury: Past & Present Vol. 1, which is the beginning of a series of volumes.  We are very pleased to have Michael Cole as author of the first in the series, with his depth of knowledge of Prestbury local history and his experience in writing articles and books in the United Kingdom and overseas.

Copies can be purchased for £10 at our meetings or from:

  • Prestbury Post Office, The High Street
  • Prestbury Library, The Burgage

For more information please see the article on page 2 of our Spring Newsletter 2016.

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Spring Newsletter

The Spring Newsletter is now available to view from our Newsletters page. Happy Easter to all our members. See you at our next talk on April 4th at 7:30pm.

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Change to Programme

We have made a slight change to the programme of events advertised.

April 4th will now be Lost & Forgotten: Prestbury’s demolished buildings by Michael Cole

October 24th will now be Trouble at Church by Lynda Hodges

Just a reminder that we don’t have a talk during March but will have two meetings in April instead. Our next talk will be MONDAY April 4th at 7:30pm at the WI Hall.

Notice of AGM February 22nd at 7:30pm


The Annual General Meeting of the Society will take place on February 22nd at the W.I. Hall at 7.30pm.   The business of the AGM usually only takes about 20 minutes and is then followed by a presentation.  In this case our Chairman, Tony Noel, will be sharing with us the research he has been doing into the history of the post in Prestbury.

You are reminded that nominations for the Committee must be in writing, signed by the nominee, and given to the Secretary at least seven days before the meeting.  Propositions concerning the affairs of the Society (except amendments to the Constitution – see Constitution Item 13) should, when possible, be notified to the Secretary in advance of the meeting.

The proposed revised version of the constitution is attached to this email.  The changes to the existing constitution are clarifications and corrections.

Best wishes

Norman Baker (Secretary)

First 2016 meeting Monday 25th January

The Early Years of Prestbury with Norman Baker

Dont forget to join us tonight at the W.I. Hall (Monday 25th January) starting at 7:30pm