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PRESTBURY

The village of Prestbury was made part of Cheltenham Borough in 1991, following a boundary change. It has the population of about 5,300. Prestbury has retained much of its village character and has an array of attractive houses, thatched cottages and picturesque pubs. Soft honey coloured stone walls, timber framed buildings and thatched or Cotswold stone tiled roofs are the features of Prestbury, giving it the distinctive look of Cotswold country village.

Surrounded by Cleeve Hill which offers stunning views over Cheltenham, it contains a lovely medieval church of St. Mary, which dates back to the 12th century. Prestbury High Street with its numerous thatched cottages, some of which like Fogarty's have been shops for decades, offers a pleasant shopping experience for visitors and residents alike. Part of Prestbury called The Burgage is the place where the old Market Place was, when Prestbury was a small market town, and this tucked-away quarter of the village hasn't changed much since then.

Prestbury also figures in large in the history of horse racing. It is home to Cheltenham Racecourse, which hosts the world famous Gold Cup each March, and the record breaking champion jockey Fred Archer learnt to ride there while his father was a landlord of King’s Arms. Cheltenham Racecourse is also a place to go when you are on the hunt for antiques. Large Antiques and Collectors Fair, as well as a regular car boot sale take place there.

Thatched cottage in Prestbury

Prestbury is said to be one of the most haunted places in Gloucestershire. More than two dozen spirits are said to haunt its streets, the most famous being the Black Abbot, who is regularly seen in the church and churchyard, especially at Christmas and Easter. Maintaining the same route every year, this ghost materialises in the church before crossing the churchyard and disappearing through a wall in the High Street.

 

HISTORY

Prestbury dates back to the 9th century. As a separate village from Cheltenham, it belonged to the Bishop of Hereford. Granted a market in the mid-13th century it was a thriving market town on the route from Winchcombe to Gloucester.





THINGS TO DO, PLACES TO SEE

CHELTENHAM RACECOURSE

Cheltenham Racecourse is a famous horse racing venue. Situated under Cleeve hill, it host the world famous Festival in March, which is the highlight of the racing season.

CLEEVE HILL

As the highest point of the Cotswolds Cleeve hill commands magnificent views over Cheltenham. It is also an area of Special Scientific Interest because of its outstanding geological value.

ST. MARY'S CHURCH

Dating from the 12th century, St. Mary's Church is a fine medieval church. It has 8 bells, of which six come from the 18th century.

PRESTBURY UNITED REFORMED CHURCH

Founded in the 19th century as a congregational church for people of Prestbury of non-conformist faith, Prestbury URC has a thriving community.

PRESTBURY GHOSTS

Prestbury is the most haunted village in Gloucestershire and perhaps even in the UK. Dozens of ghosts roam its streets and appear especially at Christmas and Easter.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE-WARWICKSHIRE RAILWAY

Gloucestershire-Warwickshire Steam Railway, which leads from Toddington to Cheltenham Racecourse, was restored by volunteers and now offers a great day out for the whole family.

PRESTBURY SHOPPING

Shopping in Prestbury is a pleasant experience. High Street offers many independent shops as well as local convenience stores. The Burgage is home to a traditional grocery store and a hairdresser.

 

 

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