Welcome to the Long Preston Heritage and Village website.
Where the Yorkshire Dales meet Bowland.
The former longprestonheritage.org.uk site for the Heritage Group and longpreston.info site for the Village have now being amalgamated under the longpreston.info banner. This new site is being brought up to date but, as the work is being done by volunteers, please bear with us while we do this.
If you do notice mistakes please contact the Heritage Group secretary or webadmin.
Details of both are shown at the page bottom.
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 (popularly known as the 'Gateway to the Dales') 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 which, in turn, sweep upward to the magnificent wilderness of Bowland.
Surviving croft lands surrounding the village can be traced back to Domesday. In 1086 Long Preston was known as 'Prestune' -
To find us on the map, click here.
The Heritage Group
The Long Preston Heritage Group has been very active since its inception in 2007, exploring the history and heritage of the village.
On history, very little had been published until the Heritage Group started. You can see what has been achieved here from our list of publications. We have built on what was known and now have a fair bit of knowledge back to Domesday. The first major project was the Bells Restoration, then the Monks & Beams Project, followed by the World War 1 project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which concluded in 2014.
The oral history of many residents have been recorded. Areas of the village have been improved – the former Baptist Chapel site with its graveyard is now in public ownership and protected for the future. The money to buy this land for the village was raised from our own fundraising events. The small Millennium Green next to Maypole Green has also been improved and benches installed.
The village is lucky to have so many people willing to give their time and support not just to the Heritage Group but also to all the other village groups who work so hard to make this a wonderful place to live.
The Heritage Group
If you want to be more involved in the Heritage Projects
then please contact us.
You can just be a member, or give as much or as little of your time as you wish.
For further information, or to offer any help,
please contact the secretary:
Gillian Jones: tel. 01729 840 505
The village benefits from several large, tree lined, village greens, with many footpaths leading direct to the surrounding hills. Long Preston has just over three hundred households, and is a friendly community with many residents working in the village, as well as commuting to the neighbouring towns.
The village boasts two excellent pubs with first rate cuisine:
The Boar's Head, on Main Street and The Maypole Inn by the Maypole Green. Long Preston's other main focal point is the village shop & post office - open twelve hours daily (8am-8pm), seven days a week. The village's Endowed Primary School is well attended, serving not only Long Preston but also some of the outlying hamlets, and has recently had an annexe added for pre-school children.
The residents organise a wide range of village clubs and activities, many centred on the Village Hall. The annual May Day celebrations are a popular event, with maypole dancing on the village green, and stalls and displays on the village and school playing fields.
The railway station on the edge of the village gives access to Skipton, Bradford and Leeds in one direction and to Settle, Carnforth and Carlisle in the other. There is also an hourly bus service to Skipton and to Settle.