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Site updated on Tuesday 16th December 2014

Long Preston websites


WW1 Memorial


New Village Sign
Slide Show

War Memorial
Re-Dedication Service

New Oral History Added

WW1 Concert
Photos added.

Bolton Abbey

Photos added.

The latest publications,
The Monks Storey


Religion in Long Preston
are now available

more . . .

Lower Winskill Walk Photos

New Forthcoming Heritage Group


more . . .

Trees to Trusses

talk now loaded.

Video of Monks & Beams Project

Now on Youtube

WW1 Commemorations

New Project

Slide Show of

Art Exhibition

Recording of

Hey Diddle Diddle

by the children


more . . .

New Village Heritage Project

More photos added.

For details and progress report
see here

Articles from Old Newspapers
See here

Sanitary Report
of 1895

more . . .

Unveiling of
Stained Glass

more . . .

Village Hall
Stained Glass
Window Design

Photos here . . .

and here . . .

Photos of

Food for Thought

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Slide shows of Heritage Project Events

more . . .

Long Preston is an attractive Yorkshire Dales village on the southern edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It is sited on the main A65 road, twelve miles from Skipton and four miles from the historic market town of Settle. To the north the landscape rises to the fells, moors and picturesque valleys of the Yorkshire Dales; to the south are the wetlands of the Ribble Valley.        

Surviving croft lands surrounding the village can be traced back to Domesday. In 1086 Long Preston was known as 'Prestune' - the priest's farmstead or town. 'Long' was added later to distinguish this settlement from the many other Prestons and refers to its linear development.

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          Gillian Jones:   tel. 01729 840 505

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The Bells & Village History Heritage Project

In June 2008 the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded a grant of £47,200 to restore the historic bells in the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Long Preston, and to uncover the history of the village. The history part of the project is to last 5 years.  Click here for details of the grant.

The aims of the project are as follows:

Involvement of the community in their heritage.

The Long Preston Heritage Group was formed as an official body to control the Village History part of the Project and operated as co-partners with the Parochial Church Council in managing the project.

We have organised a wide range of talks and presentations, and also hold social as well as educational events. Groups have developed to collect oral history, to prepare walks, to research the history of the village, the farms and the railway, to map the Victorian village, to collate old photographs and documents relating to the village, and to arrange publicity & publications on these subjects.

The activities of these Groups are recorded on this website  - see the MENU in the left margin.

 If you would like to get involved then see bottom of this page.

Click here to see  The Constitution  and  The Committee

Click here to read Minutes of Committee Meeting & AGMs

We have a number of publications for sale.
These cover the history of Long Preston and of North Craven,
the early railways in the area, other historical features in the village, and walks in and around the Village.

See the Shop Window Page

Why the Logo ?

Click on it
to find out.


A rich variety of  records survive for Long Preston, providing insights into the history of the township in the late medieval period. Particularly important are the records of Bolton Priory, which had substantial financial interests in Long Preston between the 14th and 16th centuries, and the manorial records of the Earls of Northumberland and Cumberland.  

Land purchased by Bolton Priory, to endow Long Preston church in 1304, were re-let to former monastic tenants by the Earl of Cumberland following the Dissolution of the Monasteries and remained in the hands of the direct descendants of the monastic tenants until the 18th and 19th centuries.

The archive records of old local newspapers are another valuable source of information relating to Long Preston, and these are being actively researched.

Long Preston was a major centre of the droving trade in the early 18th century and has had a long heritage of cattle and sheep farming up to the present day.

The monks, the beams and the cow that jumped over the Moon.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has developed a new programme called All Our Stories

in support of the BBC’s The Great British Story – A People’s History, presented by Michael Wood, the new series will be broadcast on BBC2.


We have been given £8,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a new project
to do research into the links between Long Preston and Bolton Priory.
The money can only be spent on things included in the approved bid.

Further details can be seen on the Monks & Beams Page.

External Links

North Craven Heritage Trust

Another New Heritage Project for Long Preston

World War 1 Commemorations

The Long Preston Heritage Group has recently been awarded £9,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund's  First World War: Then and Now programme.

The project will focus on raising the profile of the part Long Preston played during the  First World War. We would like to borrow or copy photographs, newspaper clippings, documents, letters and photos of keepsakes, as well as hearing family tales so we can build a clearer picture of what life was really like in the village in 1914.

See here for further details.