Prestbury History


2021 Programme of meetings

Due to the governments Covid 19 restrictions we are unable to commence our programme for 2021. We hope to resume meetings in the Spring on the fourth Monday of the month at 7.30 p.m. at the WI Hall


Due to restrictions during Covid 19 pandemic the programme may be altered .


Jan 25th Norman Baker Prestbury in the 18th Century

Feb 22nd Michael Coles T B A

Mar 22nd Rebecca Silence Trams come to Prestbury

Apr 26th Nicholas Herbert Inns and traffic in the coaching age

May 24th Peter McNeil A day at the races

June 28th David Lyle The scouts and Prestbury

Sept 27th Tony Noel The Canons

Oct 25th David Jones Prestbury High St in living memory

Nov 27th Michelle Rees Prestbury Paths

New Publication! – The Prestbury Post

Screen Shot 2019-07-07 at 11.41.39We 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.

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.