Prestwich is a town within the Metropolitan Borough of Bury in Greater Manchester, situated close to the River Irwell, approximately three miles north of Manchester City Centre.
Prestwich is historically part of Lancashire and in its early history, held the status as the seat of the ancient parish of Prestwich-cum-Oldham, one of the hundred in Salfordshire. The Church of St Mary the Virgin has sat in the centre of the community for centuries, and is a Grade I listed building.
The oldest part of Prestwich is developed around Bury New Road. It is known as 'Prestwich Village' and comprises of a large Jewish community, also spanning throughout Whitefield, Broughton Park (in Salford) and some parts of Cheetham Hill and Crumpsall. These areas form the second-largest Jewish community in the United Kingdom.
The name Prestwich probably derives from Old English from preost and wic, meaning 'priest's farm' or 'priest's retreat. Wic was a place-name element from the Latin vicus, 'place' and its most common meaning is 'dairy-farm'. It was recorded as Prestwich in 1194, Prestwic in 1202 and Prestewic in 1203.