Mentioned in the Domesday Book the village's name comes from the Anglo Saxon word Præwhyll meaning 'lookout place'. Primarily a farming settlement the village has seen little major development save to meet local requirements. During the First world War an airfield was constructed just outside the village.
Local amenities include a public house, local shop, and a community hall.
Currently the only public house in the village, the Pigs Nose is noted for its live music events. Run by ex-music manager, Peter Webber and his wife Lesley, the pub has hosted Wishbone Ash, the Animals, the Yardbirds and the Boomtown Rats amongst other prolific bands.
- Gillian, Lesley (26 June 2009). "Hog Heaven". London: Guardian.co.uk.