History While nowadays Preston Court's Victorian influence appears dominant, its full history actually traces back to Saxon times. According to the ancient legend, St Mildred chased her deer herd across the British countryside and constructed churches wherever they stopped for water. The springs that inspired her to create a shrine of worship at Preston Court still exist today. Juliana de Leybourne, who became the wealthiest woman in England for much of the 12th century, resided at Preston Court. Some of the footings of her medieval palace still remain today. The current late Georgian house was constructed in 1811, and in subsequent years the grounds and lakes were redesigned to resemble the prestigious court it is today. An oasthouse looms over the garden and a quaint 130-year-old fairground carousel is available as a unique wedding prop, thus the Victorian-esque environment is an inspiration for a timelessly romantic wedding.