AA Gill wrote: "Prestbury is a pretty enough village,
with cobbles and half-timbers and an impressive Norman
church, but that’s just a front. Actually,
it is the seething pit of hell. If hell is other
people, then the other people’s hell is Presbury
people. I’ve always known that the devil’s
most preciously loved vice would be smugness, and
Prestbury is smug central.
It wrote the book of smug
revelations and you can buy it in the church. Called
simply Prestbury: A Little Piece of Olde England
Still Survives, it goes: “So Prestbury retains
something that is really England.
It is quiet even
when the day-trippers are here and there seem to
be more visitors than ever wandering the village
main street gazing in the olde chocolate box windows.
And some always say they wish they could live here.
to do with the village friendly feeling. That’s
why Prestbury folk are not too proud to pick up sweet
papers or beer cans.
Where is Prestbury ?
Nestling amongst the rolling landscape
1.5 miles north of Macclesfield in the direction
Centres around the cosy village pubs, namely the
Admiral Rodney and the Legh Arms, private parties,
restaurants and hotels within the village.
Local shops cater for the everyday basics, but closest shopping centre is Macclesfield.
Residents from Prestbury will be found in Manchester City Centre Department
stores, Wilmslow and a variety of local producers selling from farm shops and
Prestbury was founded
by priests. Its name comes from Preôsta burh,
which is sometimes thought to mean priests' town,
but more correctly means a priests' fortified enclosure.
For their enclosure, the priests chose a defensible
spot on the River Bollin where there was relatively
high ground close to the river on both sides so that
crossing was easy. From there they could travel to
all parts of a parish which was extensive, though
thinly populated, in part because the countryside
was wild and barren and in part because the forest
was reserved for hunting.
Rooney, Wes Brown and Owen Hargreaves, have
recently chosen to live in Prestbury adding to a
long list of celebrity footballers who have made
it their home including Eric Cantona when he played
for Manchester United.