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