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Sat, 30 Dec 2000

Thanks to this page Geoff Pickford has re established contact, (Matt is my son's name) Thanks for the site and a happy NEW YEAR to it's readers.


Thu, 28 Dec 2000

Just like to wish everybody in and around Leek merry xmas and a happy new year from Neil here in Germany, could Matt (mad as a fish) Pickford get in touch again I've lost the e mail address thanks.

Fri, 22 Dec 2000

Hey there Its great to have found a site on my Fathers Birthplace. My name is Martin Hanley and my Father was born and bred in Leek, he came out to Australia when he was 23 and now resides in Adelaide in S.Aust. I myself have been to Leek with my Father in 1987.My Aunts and Uncles all live in Leek and also so do my cousins.I remember it a s a very pretty town and hope one day to take my daughter to Leek. If you have any good valuable info on Leek or the surrounds that might be useful to me the please email it to me at

Martin Hanley.
Melbourne Australia.

Tue, 19 Dec 2000

Merry Christmas to the leek website and its emailers from two ex pats, we miss Leek even if there seems to be little to do to one day visitors we always found plenty to do in the community joined clubs visited peak park worked hard but we do like the weather here we still are getting warm days and sunshine with very little rain and looking forward to Xmas all the best Leekensians keep this site going

Harry and Barbara Barnish

Sun, 17 Dec 2000

With regard to the Rennies comments (Dec 2) plus various other comments following. Ed.

Er...have you heard of a little place called Alton Towers? And I'm not sure what you would do almost anywhere in Britain when the weather is, as usual, inclement. Nobody has ever tried to portray Leek as a holiday resort.


Sun, 17 Dec 2000

With regard to the Rennies comments (Dec 2) plus various other comments following. Ed.

In reply to Miniquips question, there's not much I would expect to do in a midlands town in the middle of winter, because, there was little to do at the height of summer when I was there.
I realise that nobody has control over the weather, but, it's what is the alternative when the weather is unclement.


Sat, 16 Dec 2000

How great to find this site. One of the best I have seen. Went on the search because I am a Leek, I am at least third generation American, but because no one on that side of the family would ever discuss anything about the original Leek imigrant Don't know anything. Is there any history of Leeks leaving in night for parts unknown? Will visit again and hope to travel to Leek.

Janice Leek Jones

Sat, 16 Dec 2000

I was born in Leek in 1958. My family lived in Hillswood Avenue until we moved to Western Australia in 1967. I still have very strong attachments to the town and was able to return for a wonderful visit in 1995. I went to Westwood County Primary from Year 1 to Year 6. I found this website accidentally whilst searching for something else and was thrilled to see several names that I remember. I'd love to hear from anyone who knew me back in the 60's.

Carolyn Hobley (nee Eaton)

Wed, 13 Dec 2000

With regard to the Rennies comments (Dec 2)

I thought Rennies were those pills that are supposed to neutralize stomach acid... Oh well, I was right about the pills...

Geoff Burston

Fri, 8 Dec 2000

With regard to the Rennies comments (Dec 2)

What, exactly, did the Rennies plan to do with a young family, in a midlands town, in the middle of winter anyway? It's not like the website advertises Disney-style amusements, is it?
And how come you folks can answer their sniping but nobody bothered to respond to our messages about Ann and John Christie? I can't believe that nobody knows them, or that those that do wouldn't talk about them.

From all at Miniquip

Fri, 8 Dec 2000

I work at Pinewood Fabrics in which is situated in what was Pickfords Mill, later known as California Mill. It is a fascinating building with many of its original features still intact. Our offices are in what was the workers cottages. I am trying to research the history of the mill and would be grateful to hear from anyone who can tell me anything about the mill or any stories about the mill. I would also love to see any photo's.

Many Thanks

Christine Robinson

Fri, 8 Dec 2000

As a regular to your site I want to say again how interesting and user friendly it is. I particularly enjoy the Post & Times link and the photo's, historic and new. Everything loads easily and its easy to move around the site.

Antipodean Peter Goldstraw

Thu, 7 Dec 2000

With regard to the Rennies comments (Dec 2)

Unfortunately we cannot control the weather here in Leek. I agree there are some areas of the town which need improving, and improvements are being made constantly, but I believe there are far more good points than bad about the town, and I for one am proud to be a Leekensian. Everyone is entitled to their views, and I'm sure I could find fault with any town in the country if I set my mind to it. As they say: "if you've got nowt nice to say, say nowt"


Tue, 5 Dec 2000

With regard to the Rennies comments (Dec 2)

Theres always somebody whos got to moan about things. The weather may be bad at times, and some buildings could do with a face-lift. But the town is not dirty. You managed to suffer it for a week anyway. Next time instead of moaning, pack your bags jump into the car and bog off to somewhere else.


Sat, 2 Dec 2000

Me and my young family spent a week in your area in the summer. I had found your website prior to our visit and myself and the family were really loking forward to our visit.
What a let down. The weather was dreadful, the town is dirty and shabby and there was absolutely nothing to do. We travelled into Stoke and the potteries. Exactly the same (unless you like looking at plates and jugs). What a disapointment. Needless to say, we wont be back



Thu, 30 Nov 2000

A great site.I came upon it by chance and wondered why official sites can't be anywhere as good.again ,congratulations.

Cotgrave Library

Wed, 29 Nov 2000

Hat's off to a wonderfully detailed and guided tour of your wonderful area. Plan to visit and possibly relocate to Leek within a year or two. Pending marriage to a local boy !! You're all invited - eventually! Thanks again for the lovely site. I visit often.

Holly S.

 Thu, 23 Nov 2000

Well done Leek online for a great site. I was born and bred in Leek then emigrated to Australia in 1971. Thanks to your site I have made contact with an old friend not heard of for 34 years! I used to be Pat Buxton - then Mellor.

Pat Millar

Wed, 22 Nov 2000

I have visited my friend for two summers, so I am iterested in the weather there and any other news available.


Tue, 21 Nov 2000

I am trying to trace my wifes family name (milner)They lived in Leek around 1900. My Wifes Grandfather used to walk to Buxton to work in the quarries.


Cliff Harrison.

Thu, 9 Nov 2000

I enjoyed you site and will visit again. I think I have ancestors Isaac & Samuel Goldstraw/Goostrey buried in a family grave at St Edward the Confessors. Although its 200 years since we moved to Australia looking at your site made me homesick. Any chance of a photo of St Edward the Confessor Church and/or Churchyard?


Peter Goldstraw

Mon, 6 Nov 2000

It was wonderful to find Leek on line as I love the town. I was up there earlier this year researching my family tree.
My great grandparents names were William Henry and Leonora Beatrice Beard (formerly Deakin). They lived in Clerk's Bank, Leek. Leonora's parents were Thomas and Ann Deakin (formerly Birch). Thomas Deakin was a Master Cooper and he and Ann lived at 1& 3, Derby Street, Leek. William Henry Beard's parents were James and Hannah Beard (formerly Mathews). James Beard was a Silk Picker.

I would very much love to here from anyone who can help me in my research.

Thank You
Donna Whitbread.

Sat, 4 Nov 2000

Lovely to see Leek on Line

Ann Barber - Biddulph

Mon, 23 Oct 2000

My p c crashed a couple of weeks ago, I am still looking for my brother Leslie Critchlow, could the three people who e- mailed please do so again? lost their names etc when my my pc broke down can anybody help?

Thanks Amy Barber

Sat, 21 Oct 2000

My name is Gill Merison nee Greatbatch, and I am trying to trace my family tree.
I am new to this but have collected a lot of names who do not appear to be my direct ancestors. My grandfather unfortunately I never met, was William Samuel Greatbatch he had brothers Tom, Walter and a sister Annie. William Samuel was born/christened 17.9.1878 His father was Samuel and he was a Gamekeeper. William Samuel was a Gardener he moved to London as a young man and was married there. Annie I believe moved to Ashby de la Zouch and had a daughter who as a child I met. I have lost any contact name/address. I think it is possible that family from the others may still be round and about Leek area.
I would be interested in hearing from any Greatbatch family as I have made contact with others outside of Staffordshire and even outside England in my search.

Gill Merison

Sat, 21 Oct 2000

Ann and John Christie have now left Leek. Those of you who didn't get a chance to say goodbye must be kicking themselves (that means you Alison C.). We would really like to hear any anecdotes about this lovely couple.

From all at miniquip

Mon, 18 Sep 2000

Seeking relatives of Mrs Patrick Flynn nee Gertrude Needham of 35a Fountain Street Leek in 1912. Her friend Clear Cameron who sent her a postcard prior to the sailing of the RMS Titanic was my Aunt and I am anxious to trace her address following her (my Aunts) survival.

Please contact:-

Ted Dowding
1Mill Cottage
Mount Vernon
KW14 8QY

Sun. 17 Sept 2000

Can anyone help please? I am trying to locate members of the Eccleston family who emigrated to Ohio in the 1920/30s from the north Staffordshire area. Their names were Jack and Dora (nee Smith) and they had at least two children , Jack and Arthur. I am sure many of the family still live in and around Ohio.

Tony Smith

Sat, 16 Sep 2000

Pleased to see that the deadline for John and Ann Christie's move has been postponed until mid-October. That gives us all more time to say how sorry we are that they are leaving Leek.


Wed, 13 Sep 2000

Your efforts in producing such an excellent website are greatly appreciated by me, a born and bred Leekensian who moved to the wilds of Yorkshire in 1968. During the intervening years I have kept in touch with Leek news via family, friends and copies of the Leek Post and Times. To browse through your site is a delight and many memories are stirred by the images and text therein.

Keep up the good work!
All good wishes and grateful thanks.

Brian Rushton
(Compton All Saint's Primary School 1947-1954 and Leek High School 1954-1961)

Mon, 11 Sep 2000

Nice to see the Leek web site. Hope there will soon be a webcam looking up Derby Street or St. Edward's Street. Even better, a webcam so the world could watch the double sunset from St. Edward's churchyard.

Terrence Pardoe
Senior Data Analyst
NYUMC - Dept. of Transplantation

Thu, 7 Sep 2000

I have family ties with Leek, through my Dad who left there in 1927.
I visited Leek approximately 9 years ago and just loved spending time in Dad's home area.
I visit your site often and find it great.
I'm not sure whether anyone can help but when visiting Leek I met a lovely young woman by the name of Caroline - cannot remember her surname. She was 18 at the time, had lovely auburn hair and the loveliest happy nature. Her mother's name is Trish and I think from memory works in the office of a local Leek factory shop? Her stepdad worked for a local radio station - I think. I really enjoyed Caroline's company and would so like to contact her and hear what she is doing now.
It's a long shot but if anyone can help I would be very grateful.
I intend visiting Leek again, probably in 2002.

Marie Billington

Sun, 3 Sep 2000

I visit your website every week, Ihave written to you before I have lost touch with my brother who lives in Leek his name is Leslie Criitchlow he is a decorator in the town and also plays the drums.
If anybody knows of his whereabouts please let me know.

Amy Barber


Sun, 27 Aug 2000

My mother is currently in Leek visiting her family. She was born and raised in Leek and moved to New Zealand. The last time she was in Leek was 26 years ago. After speaking to her on the phone tonight, she tells me that Leek has changed immensly.
Hope you are enjoying your holiday Mum and we'll see you in a month.
Love, your daughter

Angi Bunn
Wellington New Zealand

Mon, 21 Aug 2000

Just visiting your site, and wondered how many Leekites know that you are about to lose one of your most popular residents? John Christie - debt collector extraordinaire! - and his wife Ann will shortly be leaving Leek for a life on the coast. I am sure they will be greatly missed by their neighbours in Buxton Road.

from all at

Sat, 19 Aug 2000

One of the Best Sites I have seen. Great new layout. The photographs are wonderful and the whole site is a credit.
I lived in Brown Edge before emigrating to Canada. Went to Leek Westwood, my husband to Leek High. Our daughter was born at Leek and Moorlands Hospital and now live in Toronto. We live on Lake Superior.

Thanks once again.

Valerie M. Phillips.

Sat, 19 Aug 2000

Would Tony or Lisa OROPOLLO please contact GEOFF in LEEK.....following a problem with my server I need to get in touch again....especially regarding their holiday in the U.K.


Thu, 17 Aug 2000

As I will be coming to Leek this October, it was interesting to see where I was coming.also to hear other peoples opinions. Sounds like a great place to see. If Jill and Simon happen to see this I look forward to seeing you at your wedding in October.

David and Wendy

Thu, 17 Aug 2000

I visited this site at the recommendation of my sister Linda who is presently Leek Town Clerk.I could not believe the interest in the town and the people who were visiting the website. We must keep up the good work and promote the beauty of the area and the individuality of the residents and be proud of all the interest shown and welcome the visitors to the area!

Well done Leek

Sue Mellor

Wed, 16 Aug 2000

Hi from Jim and Debbie Grindon, residents of Leek.Could anyone help us to track down our old friends Martin and Suzie Sharrock,originally from Leek? Got news to tell them and we've lost contact......last known address was in Tutbury

James Grindon

Wed, 16 Aug 2000

Congratulations on the site it is great especially to ex pats from Leek like us in San Francisco . Can you inform me of email address of Slimma and if M Baskeyfield at big mill, Mill street is on line ?

Harry Barnish

12 Aug 2000

Greetings my fellow Greeks,
Only kidding, I'm the only one. That's right folks. When I'm in town I am the entire Greek community. If the Mayor is listening, I think I deserve the key to the town.

The Greek From Leek

Fri, 11 Aug 2000

Is there anyone who can tell me where to go for help in researching church & civic records in Leek for births,baptisms, marriages, deaths & burials from the late 1800's to very early 1900's? I'm searchg the Tatton & Finn family names from the area. I know at least some of them were Roman Catholic in the 1900's so were perhaps Rom.Cath. earlier also. Thanks.

Jon & Laura Cella

Fri, 4 Aug 2000

Hi, my name is Michael Wardle, lived in leek, moved to Manchester in 1945.
If you remember the Wardle family please get in touch.
Michael Wardle

1 Oak Villas
Carrbrook Village
SK15 3PF

Wed, 2 Aug 2000

I am trying to trace a family of Bloor's who lived at a house called "Longfield" on Ladderedge. A male Bloor emigrated to Australia sometime last century (possibly 1920s or 1930s) and his grandson is trying to learn something about his roots. Can you help please?

Judith Cope

Tue, 1 Aug 2000

I am very interested in the technique and history of Leek Embroidery. I believe Thomas Wardle and his wife started the Leek Embroidery Society during the Arts and Crafts period.
I would be grateful if anyone has any information on this subject or knows how I could access the same if they could let me know.

My email address is


Jane Lester
New Zealand

Fri, 28 Jul 2000

I am a resident in Leek. We have been here for 27 years and just love it. Can't imagine living anywhere else. It is improving all the time. Great to see this web site. It is wonderful. My son-in-law told me about it. He also loves Leek and he is from Cornwall.

Margaret Knox

Tue, 25 Jul 2000

I lived in Leek in 1980 and 1981 and have never forgotten it. Coming back in mid July to celebrate with old friends was wonderful. Now that John Fisher has retired from teaching he can devote himself to his mayor's duties full time. George Wiskin's farewell as head of Westwood Highschool was an event not to be missed. I love Leek and am privileged to have made and kept in touch with many friends there. Back soon...

Daryl Novak

Sun, 23 Jul 2000

I lived in Leek for several months in 1981. At that time I was assigned at Bode and Son, and I was lodging at The Jester at Leek located in Mill Str. I made a lot of good friends, but after many years I lost contact with them. Can you please let me know how to contact Mr. Tom Barlow and family?. Mr. Barlow was the owner of The Jester. I would also appreciate if I can hear from the Bode family again.
Thank you very much for your time and help.


Raul Chaluleu
Sterling Hts.
Michigan USA
Work phone (313) 337-1655

Sat, 22 Jul 2000

Hello, my name is John Wint. I am seeking information about my family. I am looking for any one that has my surname. I know that my Great Grandfather, whose name is also John Wint, was born in or around Leek. He had five siblings named Sarah Ann, Elizabeth, Harriet, Rosa Clara and Frank Wint. My Great Grandfather supposedly came to the United States when he was fairly young. He was born around 1865 and he died Feb 1, 1945. Any information that you could send me about any relatives in Leek would be greatly appreciated.

John Wint

Fri, 21 Jul 2000

Your home page is fabulous and your town is great I will visit one day.

Emma Susan Parry

Thu, 20 Jul 2000

Hello Everyone!!
I was just visiting this site to get some information for when I visit you guys next year around June. I will be a foreign exchange student with the Gough Family!!! Hey Guys if you see this......I can't wait to meet you!! Great website!! I'm so excited to visit. I hope its as great as it sounds!!


Wed, 19 Jul 2000

Endon Secondary Modern School 1952-56
I have a few photographs of the School's sports teams during this period.If anyone connected with the school could let me know if the school is interested in having them.I would be pleased to send them on.

Bob Drummond,
609-40th Ave.,
Canada.H8P 2X9


Tue, 18 Jul 2000

Howdy from Texas! We love your site. We are looking for Tatton family members, as my husband's maternal grandmother, Ann Tatton, was born in Leek in 1888, the daughter of Job and Catherine (Finn) Tatton. Anyone with help on the family line can e-mail us at
Best wishes.

Jon & Laura Cella,
Copperas Cove, TX

Mon, 17 Jul 2000

Just like to say what a great Web site - As a longtime resident of the beautiful Leek,

Jason Brown.

Mon, 17 Jul 2000

I am Harry Barnish ex Inghams Architects Clerk Bank I wish to make contact with ex friends, golf partners etc. try CEO at slimma factory Mr S Thwaite, Mr Baskeyfield at the 'BIG MILL' Dave at The Swan Birchall Golf Course, residents at Abbeyfields Home which Barbara used to administer Dave Deann Rudyard, Tom Simcock at Kerrygold, any of the doctors at the Medical Centre ( DR Lees etc.) the N.S Bee Club, Ray Poole if he is on line
Harry Barnish

Sat, 15 July 2000

Can anyone help please? I am trying to locate members of the Eccleston family who emigrated to Ohio in the 1920/30s from the north Staffordshire area. Their names were Jack and Dora (nee Smith) and they had at least two children , Jack and Arthur. I am sure many of the family still live in and around Ohio.

Tony Smith

Sat, 15 Jul 2000

I'm only new at this and was quite excited to find your website. Are there any Brassington descendants out there. My G.G.Grandparents were Samuel/Elizabeth Brassington (nee Abbott) from Leek.who married in 1811. Would love to hear from you.

Joy Stenzel,
21 Garde St.,

Fri, 14 Jul 2000

Hello to the Ken Villagran Family from Brentwood,California. They will be visiting the Boulton-Lear's in Leek for the next two weeks. Hope they have a great time.

Mary Menke(Ken's mom)
Dublin, Calif.
U.S A.

Sun, 9 Jul 2000

Greetings from Holland.

Your sights gets better and better. I was born in Leek in 1957 and emigrated when I was 7, I remember living in the Novi Lane area and playing around there and going to the school two blocks away.

Jim Bishop .

Sat, 8 Jul 2000

Greeting from Pennsylvania, United States! My name is Karen Kirk, born in Leek in 1957. My Parents, Herbert and Julie Brookes are currently visiting England and will be in Leek the week of July 8,2000 - visiting their old Home-town! If you know Herbert and Julie, and read this, please be sure to tell them "Hello"! They will be tickled to know you found out about their visit via this website, since we visit it often!

Karen Kirk

Thu, 06 Jul 2000

I just found the name of the town interesting.

William Leek

Wed, 5 Jul 2000

I am blessed with a surname I have had no luck in discovering the origin "LEEK" My name is Raymond Leek and I live in the USA and for years have found no info about my family name but only references to a town and an onion. Can you help? Are Leek traditionally from the that area? I was told at one time maybe my origin was Welsh maybe Irish. Please shed any light you may have.
I Thank You,


Mon, 3 Jul 2000

As a local resident so nice to see that we are "blowing our own trumpet" with this terrific site, well done to all concerned, would be nice to see a bit more about he surrounding area, oakamoor. cheadle and the like, perhaps a link to local guest houses and hotels might encourgage others to look around the area as well.
Well done

Kelvin Harrison

Thu, 29 Jun 2000

I am the eldest daughter of Marj & Peter Harrop. I was born in Leek but we moved "up North" to Cleveland when I was about 6 years old. We have now settled in sunny South Africa - myself in Johannesburg and the folks in Durban. I will gladly pass on any messages to Mom and Dad from any of their old friends.

Jane Senior

Wed. 28 Jun 2000

I would love to contact friends from the old days. My name is John Neil Whiston born 28:05:55 in Leek. I left Springfield? High School in 1970/1 and moved to Portsmouth. I joined the British Army in 1973 and moved to Germany where I still live.
Names I remember include Stuart Titterton (Livingstone St.), John and Alan Woodcock, Tony Hamilton, Chris. Brough, Kathleen Cundliffe, I would like to contact them and any other school friends. My address is,
Blumen Str 28
59555 Lippstadt,


Fri, 23 Jun 2000

Robert H.Drummond.Married in Leek 1944 to Mary Tatton now deceased.Taught at Endon Modern school 1952-56.Played for Rugby Club during the same period.Would be pleased to hear from anyone connected with either of the above. Have been in Canada since 1963. Three of my children were born in Leek. I tell them they were born in the old poor house.

R H Drummond

Fri, 23 Jun 2000

On my frequent trips to Leek I have regularly enjoyed trips to the local antique market with my friend Stu. Also I have had many pleasant treks round Rudyard Lake and would miss the mud should it ever be dry!

Dave Jennings

Sun, 18 Jun 2000

This website just gets better and better!
Well done, Tony.

Chris, Pam, Luke and Hannah Ellis

Sat, 17 Jun 2000

congratulations on an excellent website the best one I have ever seen for a town. I was brought up in Leek and lived there for 22 years. I think Leek is a fantastic place to live and you won't meet friendlier people anywhere. My name is Gary Baker and I would love to here from anyone who knows me either past or present just for a friendly chat. keep up the good work on the website, and I will be a regular visitor!

Gary Baker

Sat, 17 Jun 2000

Just found your brilliant website. I lived in Leek until 1985 I now live in the potteries but still come back over to Leek whenever I can. I don't need an excuse. Whenever We come over to Leek on a market day I always see lots of people that I recognise from my schooldays at Westwood Road CP and Westwood Hall.
If anyone who remembers myself from school it would be nice to hear from you
Keep up the good work on the site

Alan Woodcock

Fri, 16 Jun 2000

I moved to Wellington New Zealand in 1955 with my husband John Bunn. I am coming home in July this year to visit my family, Jim Brown and Nellie Austin in Leek, my brother and sister. I have been looking at the internet with my daughter Angi. She showed me Leek and I can't wait to see the place once again. I grew up in Leek.

Dorothy Bunn
Wellington, New Zealand

Wed, 14 Jun 2000

Just found your wonderful web page but alas could not download your promised street map ???? All my relatives on my grandmothers side seem to have come from Leek, many in silk manufacturing, especially grandfather GEORGE BALL, LIVED on Union St. 1851 Whites Directory states William Ball/ silk twister by Commission of Mill Street, Leek. Can anyone help me as I would like to find out more about this industry in Leek, are there any books available on this. Family names are:
Seem many attrended St. Edwards' Church. Any long lost descendants out there, or any information, please get in touch, my address is June Phillips, 9001 Lane Loraine, RogersArkansas 72756 I was born in Cleethorpes in 1929. I would be very grateful for anything.

June Phillips,
Rogers Arkansas

Wed, 7 Jun 2000

I went to school at the secondary Modern girls school in Leek in 1956 until 1959, and would like to contact anyone who new me at school as I left Leek in 1959 to pursue my Nursing career and have not lived in Leek since. I am now living in Wiltshire and have been for the last 24 years, previous to this I was living in Hong Kong and Germany. I am now a Grand mother with two grand children from my Daughter and I have three sons who also live in Wiltshire. I hope to hear from anyone who remembers me to find out how they are getting on.I am now working for a local psychiatric Hospital as a community Sister.
I was
Pat Moloney

Tue, 6 Jun 2000

Hello, I was born in Leek in 1950, came to Canada as a teenager. My Mother was born and raised in Leek Her name was Mary Tatton, if anyone has memories of my mother please contact me... Enjoy the website, Thanks to everyone who made it possible.

Jim Drummond, Devon Alberta Canada

Barbara Lewis
Tue, 30 May 2000

Does anyone remember Barbara & Pamela Blackman who attended Westwood High School in the late 60's/early 70's and lived in Junction Road? I would particularly love to hear from Ian Dawson and Roger Savage (fond memories of the "Naden" production!).

PS-Great website!

K & M Billington
Tue, 30 May 2000

Thanks to those who replied and gave me some 'chat' about Leek. It's a great Web site and I make sure I visit every week and have a catch up.


Laura Bradley
Sun, 28 May 2000

I have had the pleasure of visiting Leek over the course of 30 years and several visits to England. I particularly enjoy your market day. The village is picturesque and unspoiled. As I do my family history, I am having a growing sense that I had ancestors in Leek. Only time will tell.
Good luck with your Millennium Festival. I wish I could be there.

Laura Bradley
Groton Connecticut

ALLEN - Ipstones, Newchapel, Kidsgrove, COOKE - Kidsgrove, COX - Frome & Batheaston, Somerset; Goldenhill, Hanley, DALE - Bucknall, GRIFFITHS - Holywell, Wales, ROBERTS - Hanley; Flint, Wales, WARDLE - Ipstones

Kay Ahlquist
Sat, 27 May 2000

Am looking forward to reviewing the website. Am very impressed so far, Leek Staffordshire was my birthplace in 1948. Do not remember anything about it, as I was only 2 when we left for the US. So, it will be fun learning on your website.

Thanks for all the great info.
Kay Ahlquist

Fergus Tobin
Sat, 27 May 2000

Leek is such a cosmopilitan little town. I lived there for two years. The houses were so inexpensive and the quality high and you are only minutes away from some of the most beautiful countryside in the country. To cap it all, the people are so friendly too. And yes, it was the only place outside Scotland where I have had deep fried Mars Bars. What a treat !

Roger Ball
Thu, 25 May 2000

I spend many hours,"Surfing" and I never realised this site existed, until reading tonights Sentinel. I have spent over an hour on it so far,and have not completed my tour. This is without a doubt, one of the best Web Pages I have looked at. A tribute to the Webmaster and the town of Leek. Hopefully more "Hits" to come, have sent it to many friends overseas.
Well done, I loved it.

Roger Ball,

Michael Wardle
Wed, 17 May 2000

Miss Leek very much, left Leek in 1954, born in Duke Street.

Michael Wardle. Stalybridge

Marie Billington
Fri, 5 May 2000

I live in New Zealand. My Dad emigrated here in approximately 1927. I grew up with lots of his stories about Leek. I visited Leek in 1992 and spent time visiting the places of my Dad's childhood. His name was Cyril Thornley Bailey and he lived in Park Road. While he never went 'back home', he had such fond memories of his hometown of Leek - he is now deceased. I plan to visit Leek again in the next few years. I would love to hear from anyone in Leek who could just 'talk' to me about Leek.

Marie Billington


Dennis L Nadin
Sat, 29 Apr 2000

A book Bombs Over Burnage is being produced for publication later in the year. I am still interested in anyone with connections with Burnage and those who had evacuees from Burnage High School during WW2

Dennis L Nadin
Burnage Heritage
The Hermitage
201 Willowfield
CM18 6RZ

Emmerson Smith
Sat, 29 Apr 2000

My greatgrandmother Stack came from Leek.You have a great site , hope I am able to visit next time I am over.

Emmerson Smith.

Nancy Wark
Sun, 16 Apr 2000

BESTWICK/CLEWLOW(Clulow) My gr gr gr grandparents were James Bestwick b 1 Dec 1783 Staffordshire, England d 16 Mar 1881, Mercer, PA, USA.and Esther Clewlow b 1786 d 1855 Mercer, PA, USA.; they were married 26 Jun 1803 Bucknall, Cum Bagnall, Staffordshire, England they had 9 children and in 1834 he and his wife went to USA. There is a story not proven that Esther was "Lady" Clewlow and that James Bestwick was a trades man and her family was very upset that she married below her station that is why they finally left England. Does anyone know this family and their parents and life in England, I live in US and only know about them in US and would like to learn about them in England, thank you for your help.

Nancy Wark

Harry Hayes
Fri, 14 Apr 2000

I am writing for Linda Lison of Geneva, Switzerland. Linda was born in Leek on 16 February, 1951. The only information that she has is that she was born "Elizabeth". She was probably adopted by Mrs. Jacober. She remembers attending Parish Church School and Little Bourough school (teacher: Mrs Baxter). Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Harry Hayes

The Bennett Family
Fri, 14 Apr 2000

This is the Bennett family from Moorview Hall Buxton Road, just signing in to say "Hello" and isn't it great that Leek has such a great form of contact with its "ex-pats".
Does anyone logging on have any info or pictures of our home? Built 1914 by the Worthingtons, as a home and prep school. Originally called Moorhill, re-named in 1953, it has also been used as an old people's residence, a hostel for Maltese workers at Brough, Nicholson and Hall Ltd, a children's home and latterly as a family centre.

Hope to hear from someone soon,
The Bennett Family.

Wed, 12 Apr 2000

Pam and Ian Pask - Nelson - New Zealand here. Our folk - The Jordans of Weston St - live in Leek. We have just had Alison and friend Michael visiting Nelson on a camper van tour of New Zealand. We called up Leekonline and they were amazed to read the Leek Post and Times edition that they have missed whilst on holiday. What an amazing site. You are now logged into our "Favourites" and we will read the paper more frequently. We see this week that The Green Dragon group have a write up on homeopathy. Alison is a member of this club - as are my sister and brother in law - Ann and John Gilman. Say hi to them from us.


Mary Lee Clouston DeShazo
Sun, 2 Apr 2000

My grandson, Dylan Johnston has a pen pal in Leek, and forwarded me the website. I'm really enjoying it. Mary Lee Clouston DeShazo.

Kathleen Swindells
Sun, 2 Apr 2000

My grandfather Archibald Swindells was born in Leek and I was wondering if there were any other family members still there.

Thank you

Kathleen Swindells

Robyn M Condliffe
Fri, 31 Mar 2000


I live in Australia & would like to contact any Condliffe descendants.
My husband's line starts in Leek in c1500.

Thanking you

Robyn M Condliffe
13 McGregor Close
Bayldon, 2452 NSW

Geoff Burston
Thu, 30 Mar 2000

I'm trying to contact three friends of mine who used to go to Waterhouses School with me from 1957-1959:
Brian Cope
Philip Goodwin
Neville Chadwick
They were all from Ipstones. I have lived in Canada for the past 27 years, but go back to the Moorlands as often as possible. I currently live in Vancouver, British Columbia - very spectacular, but not so nice as Leek and Moorlands... lack of oatcakes I suppose!!
If they (or any other acquaintance from the same period) would like to get in touch, they can email me at

Geoff Burston (born and raised in Foxt)

j. bishop
Tue, 28 Mar 2000

Great sight

Wayne Johnson
Mon, 27 Mar 2000


amy barber
Sun, 19 Mar 2000

amy barber is my name i was born in leek in 1936 nee hulme after my parents divorce imoved to longsdon became a critchlow until my marriage to george barber in 1959 we now live in rugby i would love to hear from anybody who knows me on
Leekonline is great

Ian Machin
Fri, 17 Mar 2000

This is a brilliant web site. I am an ex-Leek person (I grew up in the area) until the age of 18. I now live far away but often visit the site to make myself feel at home again!!


James Stuart Bishop
Fri, 17 Mar 2000

I want to thank you for your site . My father lived for 36 years in Holland and till the day he past away he was still reading the leek post and times. See the death notices from Wednesday, March 15 2000 James verdun bishop. He always gave the leek post too me when he finished reading it and that one of the reasons that I'm glad that I can read it a bit on internet. Again thank you for the site and even that I live in Holland for 36 years I'm proud I'm still a Englishman and more than that I,m even prouder that I,ve been born and lived in Leek for seven years.

James Stuart Bishop

Steven William Leak
Mon, 13 Mar 2000

Lesley Collins
Mon, 13 Mar 2000

Wow, I just discovered this website. Last time I looked (a while ago, mind you), it didn't exist. Anyway, I'm very impressed and must add to the sentiments of one other ex Leek resident, that Staffordshire oatcakes are very lacking here. Also, my stocks of marmite and murray mints are rapidly depleting, so if anyone's coming over, please let me know!! Needless to say, I miss my family, who are mainly concentrated in Leek. Think about them all the time and wish they were here ... in this sweltering heat ... Although I'm now an Aussie citizen, I'm still proud of where I come from and will always be a 'Pom'.

Lesley Collins, nee Ashby

Dennis Nadin
Sat, 11 Mar 2000

 The Naden/Nadin Family were centred on Longnor and lived throughout the N Staffs Moorlands since records began.
We have a Naden/Nadin Family Society which has a magazine published twice a year and an annual reunion. We have extensive data on the family since the seventeenth century and some records before that. We have details of over 100 branches of the family.
If you are in any way connected with the family we would love to hear from you. If you know of members of the family do let them know about us.

Naden/Nadin Family Society
The Hermitage
201 Willowfield
CM18 6RZ
email us at

Liisa Van Duyts
Wed, 8 Mar 2000

Just received a postcard from friends who have moved to Leek. Since I have never been there and the encyclopedia wasn't helpful, I thought I'd ask Yahoo to take me there. Hooray! What a terrific website. Now when I respond to my friends about their choice of domicile I wont sound like a dumb Yank. Well, less of one, anyway. I'm writing from Berkeley, California (across the bay from San Francisco). This morning the sun came out for an hour and the bay was glorious. Then the storm clouds raced in, the temperature dropped, it rained buckets for two hours and now it has begun snowing lightly on Mt. Tamalpais (adjacent to Bay) around the 1200 ft. level. Golly! If you're planning a trip to San Francisco, don't expect to walk around in shorts. Sunny California ain't.

Liisa Van Duyts

Andy Ramsden
Sun, 5 Mar 2000

I'm 27,and on a boring Sunday afternoon, had the thought of asking you to post a message asking any people that know me, and feel inclined to get in touch with me. It would make a nice change to see what people are upto since I left the area in 1989.
From : Andy Ramsden
Attended Leek High School, upto leaving in 1988.
Anyone can reply, but it would be nice if persons known to me were to do so.

Thank You.


James Driver.
Mon, 14 Feb 2000

Greetings from Stowmarket, Suffolk.

Great site! I actually heard about it on Radio1 !! My parents Len Driver & Stephanie (Campion) used to live in Leek. I return sometimes to visit my grandparents Syd and Helen Campion now based in Westwood Flats.

James Driver.

Peter Higton
Sat, 12 Feb 2000

Well, what can i say.Leek is BRILLIANT!!!!!! ( Barry of Biddulph)

Ann Vanessa
Wed, 9 Feb 2000

Rachel and Gemma Christie.

Anybody remember us? Rachel was at Leek High from 1978 - 1983. Gemma was in Churnet View middle school until 1996. Now living in Wrexham, would love to hear from friends.

Wed, 9 Feb 2000


Kimberley Halford
Wed, 9 Feb 2000

Chris Moyles on Radio 1 gave this web site a mention on his show this afternoon, he seemed to think you have a webcam on a pedestrian crossing. Is this true?

SL Lyth
Wed, 09 Feb 2000

Hi, I'm a student at Loughborough University, and I'm from Stoke-on-Trent. I was listening to Chris Moyles on Radio One today, and he said to look at the site, so I did!

Gale Simcock
Fri, 28 Jan 2000

Hello, I am tracing my family, my grandfather John .H. Simcock, he was born in Leek in 1880, his parents were Levi and Jane Simcock, you have a great site, so glad I found it and able to get information on the area, I know there were Simcock families in Stoke on Trent, anyone who knows of these families please email me,thank you .

Lloyd Simcock

Elizabeth Walton Pruzinsky
Sun, 23 Jan 2000

I have just learned that my ggg-grandmother, Elizabeth Walton, was buried at Leek cemetery on 11 Sep 1884. So, I signed on here to see if there was any information about the cemetery. I would certainly appreciate some information on where the cemetery is located, and how to contact the record office.

Elizabeth Walton Pruzinsky
North Carolina, USA

Herbert Brookes
Sun, 16 Jan 2000

My name is Herbert Brookes, born at 50 Fountain St. Leek, my mothers name was Sarah Ellen Brookes nee Bowcock, her mother, my Grandma Bowcock lived on Grove St., one of her daughters Lena Council nee Bowcock lived a few doors away and made oatcakes mainly at week ends.She had a son Charlie, and a daughter Lena,Aunt Lenas husband Jim had a cobblers business, Grandmas other daughter Alice married Samuel Felthouse a farmer at Lower Hadden, near Meerbrook. I am presently working on family history and welcome any information at all concerning the Bowcock side. I remember that I think it was Grandad Bowcock who was a cavalry man during the Crimea war, and his horse was named Dolly, he was treated for a hand wound by Florence Nightingale. He was later briefly reunited with Dolly after his return home. I am VERY interested in regaining contact with this side of my family!!

Herbert Brookes.

Aaron Mycock
Thu, 13 Jan 2000

Just to say a happy New Year from Sweden to all of my old but still thought off friends back in the old town of Leek. See you all soon....

Gill & Tony
Tue, 11 Jan 2000

Just to let you all know...I am now online ;-) This is all thanks to the expert knowledge of Chris Sellars and Nick Sheldon

Rebecca Bolt
Mon, 10 Jan 2000

My husband and I visited your wonderful town in Nov. and loved it , so quaint. We live in the Washington, D.C. area and had never seen any place like Leek. We plan to visit again soon. Please put us on your mailing lists. Thanks, Becky & Clint Bolt

The SalesFamily
Sun, 9 Jan 2000

Just a quick Email to let you know that, after a long period of being able to receive, but not send, we can now do both again. Apologies to those who have been writing and Happy New Year to all. A more appropriate personal message to follow to each of you.

Keith, Mavis and Jillian Sales

Norman Smith
Sat, 8 Jan 2000

John Sargeant,now in Montreal put me on to this site. Am new to the Internet but am finding it very useful to exchange chat with Mukker Sargeant and others around the world. Does anybody have a photograph of Mrs. Sargeant's "High Class Ladies' Outfitters" opposite the Monument ?.

Norman Smith, Rugby. Leek High School. 1939-44

John H. Sargeant
Sun, 02 Jan 2000

A very Happy New Year.Good health, wealth, and happiness to all. John Sargeant. (Leek High School 1939-1945). Now in Montreal Canada. P.S. My wife had a flying visit to Leek last September (1999) and visited the "Old School". (the old Leek High School on Westwood road) We were so warmely greeted by the School Secretary who very kindly showed us all through the school. Thank you, you were very kind. We were very impressed with the teaching methods and facilities now used in the school. P.P. S. We still keep in very close touch with Norman Smith, Frank Benson, Philip Furmston, and Geoff Crow....and of course their wives.

Chris, Pam, Luke and Hannah Ellis
Sun, 2 Jan 2000

Happy New Year from Brisbane, to all visitors to this site, and all Leekensians! Congratulations on this great site which brings back some great memories, and allows me to read the Leek Post!

Chris Ellis

James Underwood
Sat, 1 Jan 2000

Lived on Grindon Moor at Quarry Farm from 80 thru 86, and at #3 park in Leek 86 thru 88. Favorite place, Manifold Valley, best watering hole, Merry Monk in Leek, favorite football team, Stoke!!!! Any old friends that stumble across this please e-mail me at " " . Currently living in Elk, Washington.......a small town in NE Washington State.........Cheers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sat, 1 Jan 2000

Happy New Year to everyone in Leek from a bunch of Leeks in Gladstone, Missouri, USA.
Found your site today and enjoyed seeing all the photos and reading the history of Leek.

Steve and Bev Leek

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