Preston has been nearly overwhelmed by modern development and caravans. The meadows which slope down to Redcliffe Point at Preston are covered with row upon row of caravans, necessary I suppose being so near a popular seaside resort. But they do not enhance the view of Weymouth Bay as seen from the hilltop, the first sight of the blue waters of Weymouth Bay with Portland beyond. It was here that John Constable painted his famous canvas of Weymouth Bay.
There is however a little of the older village left in the centre, including a few stone cottages. The Romans landed at nearby Bowleaze Cove and the foundations of a Roman temple have been found.
Preston's main claim to religious fame is the fact that John Wesley's grandfather, old John Wesley, lived there and died in 1678.
The church of St. Andrew is Gothic styled and mainly 15th century and built of the local limestone. The tower is 16th century and has a quaint inscription engraved on one of the peal of 17th century bells.
'See in what a state
the rich they live,
Most of the church fittings date from the restoration of 1855 but there are two interesting stained glass windows, both from 1949 which have scenes from Bunyan's Pilgrims Progress.