Preston - General Information

Preston lies 1.5 miles east of Cirencester between the A417 to Fairford and the A419 to Swindon.

The Parish Boundary extends from Abbey Home Farm in the north to Ermin Farm in the south.  It is bordered by the Beeches and New Mills Wards of Cirencester on the west and the village of Ampney Crucis in the east.  It sits just outside the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty but much of the Village is within a Conservation Area.

 

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CotswoldsAONBMap.pdf                         

 

Conservation_Area.pdf

 

Until the last century the community was largely agricultural with farmhouses, cottages, a school with a Rectory close to the 11th century church.  

The more recent houses, including retirement bungalows, line the single village street.  Whereas there is neither a pub nor shop, there is a busy, well equipped Village Hall and at Village Farm a thriving group of commercial units.

Abbey Home Farm, in the north of the Parish, is an award winning organic farm with a very popular farm shop and cafe.  It also offers an eco venue for weddings and parties, walks, educational courses and accommodation.

All Saints Church dates back to the 13th Century and is part of the Churnside Benefice which includes the parishes of Preston, Siddington, Cerney Wick and South Cenery.  

Village Farm, to the east side of the main Street, provides units for a whole range of small enterprises: carpet fitting, motorcycle repairs, plumber, blinds and curtains, dog grooming, photographer, motor services, furniture repair and restoration, upholstery, antique dealer, computer support, painting and decorating and many more.

It is also a working arable farm which extends into the neighbouring parish of Ampney Crucis.

Forty Farm

Preston will soon be home to a 45.5 ha. solar farm to be situated off Witpit Lane and developed by Gridserve.  It is expected that work will begin in early 2021 and be on grid before the end of the year.

 

Preston Parish Boundary Map.