Gilfrid

Preston, Northumberland UK

Who are you and what do you do?
'I am a retired solicitor, now landowner.'

Why do you choose to live in Preston?
'I live here because I inherited the estate, which has passed down through a few generations.'

What's your favourite place in Preston and why?
'My favourite place is my Georgian home, a few yards from the Pele Tower which gives the place its name.'

What is Preston proud of?
'We are proud of a mediaeval owner, Sir Guiscard de Harbottle, who with his men joined Lord Surrey's force in defending the Border against the Scottish incursion which ended with the Battle of Flodden Field, in which Sir Guiscard was an English fatal casualty (at the hands, history records, of the Scottish king who was an active participant).'

Tell us something about Preston that people won't know?
'There is nothing of note to record. This is a hamlet of not more than 15 dwellings, based on a small landed estate. The Preston Pele Tower itself is open all day every day except 25 December, advertised by brown road signs. Visitors have the free unguided run (with the benefit of notices carrying information about history, owners and architecture) of all levels up to the battlements, and are asked to put a modest entry charge in an honesty box.'