The Long Preston Heritage Group
The Long Preston Heritage Group has been very active since its inception in 2007, exploring the history and heritage of the village.
With regard to 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, with research and excavations, have a reasonable and documented knowledge of the village back to Domesday and beyond. We also have written books about pre-historic times. We know for example that the first settlement in the area goes back probably to the Stone Ages - the Mesolithic period about 8000 years ago and soon after the end of the last Ice Age. This settlement was on the banks of a shallow lake that then existed in the valley and the site is next to our village green.
The first major Heritage Group project was the Bells Restoration in St Mary’s Church, then the Monks & Beams Project (investigating the medieval period of our village). This was followed by the World War 1 project, which concluded in 2014. Also in 2014 we started the ‘Big Dig’ archaeological project. Professor Carenza Lewis, formerly of Time Team and Cambridge University, before becoming a Professor at Lincoln University, initiated a national community initiative to excavate sample pits in an area to find its earliest archaeology. The ‘Big Dig’ project finished in 2017. A number of our projects have been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund but and we are very grateful to them for the grants and their helpful advice over the years.
Amongst our other projects, the oral histories 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.
We are always looking for volunteers interested in our sort of work and have ongoing projects – please see our news and events pages. You can give as much or as little time as you want. If we don’t know who you are, we can’t contact you.
Also, why not sign up to our email list. You won’t be bombarded but you will find out about not only our projects but also other village events and activities.
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
Archived Documents & Projects
The work carried out by the Long Preston Heritage Group between 2007 & 2017 has been archived to separate pages, which are summarised here:
The summary contains links to the main sections of the archived pages, which can be accessed directly from here: