Graveyard trails - Long Preston

04 September 2022 to 18 September 2022

These trails at Long Preston showcase some extraordinary families and forgotten life stories of the people who lived around Long Preston, and who are buried in local graveyards.

Graveyard trails - Long Preston Parish Church & Long Preston Baptist Burial ground

2.30pm Sunday 4, 11 & 18 September | FREE, donations welcome 

YDMT have teamed up with Settle Graveyard Project to bring you a series of graveyard trails to uncover the forgotten life stories and fascinating characters of people who lived around Long Preston, and who are buried in local graveyards. Each of our trails at Long Preston uncover a different story...

4 September - The Boar’s Head and beyond - Long Preston Parish Church, BD23 4NJ

The Boar’s Head Inn has been at the heart of Long Preston for centuries. We find out the incredible lives of several families who were all linked to the Boar’s Head in some way, for better or worse.

11 September - The 19th century rollercoaster - Long Preston Parish Church, BD23 4NJ 

You think everything is going ok and then something unexpected happens to change your life forever, for better or for worse. It doesn’t matter how much money you had — it was a bit of a lottery in 19th century Long Preston!

18 September - Unbelievable Baptist Burials - Long Preston Baptist Burial ground, Main Street BD23 4PH 

This tiny little graveyard showcases some of our most extraordinary families, with outstanding successes, some incredibly strong women, and a dose of unbelievable bad fortune. 

Long Preston Baptist Burial ground is on Main Street, just beyond the Maypole Inn towards Settle. 

These popular graveyard trails are suitable for the whole family, light hearted, entertaining celebrations of the lives of ancestors who found their way into graveyards in Settle, Giggleswick and Long Preston. 

The trails are led by local historian Sarah Lister, whose latest book ‘Meandering down the Ribble’ explores the lives of people who lived, worked and died in the Long Preston area. A must for anyone looking for an exciting and interactive glimpse into the history of this iconic area.

The trails are being delivered for free as part of Deeper Connections, Long Preston Floodplain project that enhances the important wet grassland habitats of the Ribble floodplain and helps people to discover and protect this unique landscape. We'd welcome your donations to help support our work.   

Please book in advance 

To book your place please contact or call us on 015242 51002. Places can also be booked at The Folly in Settle.  

If arriving by car, be aware there is no parking at the church or burial ground. Please park at the railway station or in the car park of the Boar’s Head Inn or considerately in the village, off the busy main road. There are no refreshments after this trail so please bring your own or buy from the village shop or pub. Due to plumbing difficulties there may not be toilet facilities at the church. 

There are further five Graveyard Trails at Settle Parish Church on Monday evenings from 25 July to 22 August. 


Entertainment, Talks & Presentations

Booking Details

Email or call 015242 51002 to book your place. You can also book at The Folly in Settle.