Original article from Kent Live
The name Preston doesn't exactly conjure up images of quaint English village life.
The better known settlement of the same name is a large industrial city in Lancashire, home to well over 400,000 inhabitants.
Dover's namesake is a very different place.
There is of course a question over whether Preston is really "Dover's" at all.
It falls within the district's boundaries, but lies nearer to Canterbury and has a Canterbury address.
In fact, Google the words "Preston Canterbury" and you get a Wikipedia page on the village.
Google the words "Preston Dover" and you get directions for a 316-mile journey up north.
Putting in "Preston Kent" doesn't help either – because there's yet another namesake near Faversham.
All these Prestons shouldn't be much of a surprise.
The word itself means "Priest's manor" – and you don't need to be a historian to know there were a few of those kicking around back in the day.
But one thing that makes Dover's Preston (or Canterbury's) stand out is that it's particularly quaint – and remains so to this day.
Its oldest buildings have been well-preserved, with thatched roofs, beams and brick homes lining the main road.
The 13th century church is dedicated to St Mildren, the patron of the Isle of Thanet, a telling sign of just how north it lies within Dover district.
By 1841 there were apparently 505 people living in Preston, mainly working on its seven farms or four market gardens.
The garden theme continues today, with the village home to a large garden centre.
Inside it is a popular restaurant called Copper's Bistro, which opens late on weekends and holds both a quiz night and a BBQ and live music night once a month.
Opposite the garden centre is Preston's surviving pub, the Half Moon & Seven Stars, another place that is well-rated and reviewed online.
And while the village has lost some of its shops – according to the parish noticeboard it once had a saddler, a grocer, a draper, a butcher, a shoemaker, a windmill, two pubs and two schools – an impressive number of amenities remain.
It's still home to the aforementioned pub, the garden centre and restaurant, plus a village shop, a butchers, a school, and a pre-school.
Not bad at all for a modern day village on the smaller end of the scale.
It's probably one reason that the village continues to grow.
On the northern edge is a small new build development, clearly at the higher end of the market.
And apparently there could be more coming soon.
Villagers are said to be somewhat at loggerheads over a plot of land called Six Acres which could earn them £3 million.
Supposedly the parish council is rather excited by the windfall and its potential to pay for a new community hall, while other residents are considerably less so.
One thing for certain is that demand is high.
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A grand total of zero properties are currently listed for sale in Preston by Rightmove and Zoopla, who put average sold prices in the last year at well over £500,000.
That compares to £176,479 for Preston in Lancashire.
Another reason for this might be the glamour of its nearest neighbours.
Close to Canterbury, it lies next to the likes of Wingham, Littlebourne, Fordwich, Ickham and Wickhambreaux.
We recently reported this part of Kent has become a wealthy enclave swimming in gastropubs, farm shops and customised homes.
Preston is another to add to the list.
Like them it is a beautiful little village, quiet and quaint but still very much thriving in its own way.
Walking around, it would appear to be a world away from the sprawling, urban metropolis better associated with the name up north.