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Mon, 31 Dec 2001

We are trying to complete our Family Tree and have established that they originate from IPSTONES, STAFFORDSHIRE, ENGLAND !. Would it be at all possible to put me contact with someone who could assist ? - I would be most grateful. My forebear SAMUEL HAYES lived in IPSTONES and left for South Africa aboard the ship the "CHAPMAN" in 1819. I am advised that members of the HAYES family still live in IPSTONES.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Regards and Best Wishes for the New Year.

Brian Hayes.

Fri, 28 Dec 2001

Steve Brentnall, left Westwood High in 1975.
Just to say hi to anyone who knows me and please get in touch at VENALL@AOL.COM

Steve Brentnall

Fri, 28 Dec 2001

Just wanted to say hello to everyone who knows me in Leek.
Feel free to drop me a line at

Aimi Mcleish

Fri, 28 Dec 2001

Great new look leekonline, Merry Christmas to every I who knows me and regards to Andy Ramsden keep up the good work.

Kevin Sutton

Fri, 28 Dec 2001

Thanks to leekonline and I have been able to find friends from years ago. Keep up the good work and I will constantly visit your web site. Happy New Year to all in Leek and also to ex pats living wherever you are.

Chris Dawes
Melbourne, Australia

Fri, 28 Dec 2001

Congratulations on your beautifull site! I found it by accident, looking for my husbands ancestors. Their family name happens to be Leek. But since I'm also very interested in Brittish history I stopped and stayed for a while. Really enjoyed it!

Many greetings from Geeske Leek (nee Rijpma)
Noord-Scharwoude, Holland

Thu, 27 Dec 2001

My grandfather GEORGE BALL was born in Leek in the 1880's ? and came to Australia before 1914... my father GORDON REGALSFORD BALL was born then .... any Leek people who have lost a GEORGE BALL !!!!... I may well be able to find exact birthdate... he married an ALICE ATKINS

Michael BALL

Sun, 23 Dec 2001

Born 1949 Leek/ Cheddleton until 1968 went to australia being there ever since Mountside Secondary Modern till 1964 anyone same .

Diane Kelsall

Sun, 23 Dec 2001

It's snowing in leek, wishing everyone in Leek and from Leek a very Merry Xmas, anyone remembers me (went to Westwood left 1987) then get in touch. Back in Leek after 10 years away and working in a nearby accident & emergency dept, would love to hear from anyone.

Clare Walker

Sun, 23 Dec 2001

Hi Leek online

This is Neil Whiston from very cold Germany, wishing all my old pals,and anyone that knows me,a merry xmas, and a happy and hopefully warmer new year.

bye for now
Neil Whiston

p.s. thanks Leekonline found a lot of old friends


Sat, 22 Dec 2001

I would like to wish the people of Leek a very Merry Christms and a Happy New Year. The kindness shown to us "Yanks" during those very trying years of WW II has not been forgotten . I have to admit, unashamedly, that through the years, I have frequently walked through your streets, trained on the Moors, enjoyed the dances held at the local churches, relished the fish and chips, and appreciated the warm acceptances of your villagers.

Tony Oropollo, M.D., 87th Inf. Div.

Fri, 21 Dec 2001

I was born in Leek in 1952 and was a pupil at Westwood County Primary from 1957 - 1963 and then Leek Art College in 1973. I recently found some old photographs of JOHN HARROP and JOHN MORTON on a school trip in 1963 to Rhyl and Chester Zoo. I'm sure they would like to see what they used to look like with hair! We were in the same class as DAVID AGGES and MELVIN COOPER. The last I heard was that John Harrop was living in the U.S.

Seasons Greetings,
Rob Stonehewer

Thu, 20 Dec 2001



Wed, 5 Dec 2001

Hi, I'm Martyn Dawes. I was born in Nelson Street during 1959. I attended East Street Primary until the mid 60's. I have three older brothers, Jerry, Chris & Peter. My parents are Harry & Ellen. If anyone remembers us please say hello. I would specially like to know about Carl Grundy, also from Nelson Street, as he was my first "best friend". Merry xmas to everyone in Leek.

Martyn & family:

Wed, 19 Dec 2001

Nhiya!!! This is just a quickie (!!) to giv ea big shout out 2 the 1 and only Leek STAFFS crew, Naomi, Emily, Jo, Joni, Sal, Jenny + of course Kate!
Wishing u all a very merry christmas and all the best for the New Year.
Can't wait this time next year when we're all coming home from Uni and getting rendered every day in the some of Leeks many pubs - Living it large!!
Love u loads girls.
All my love.
The other member of the 8 the Leek STAFFS crew!


Sun, 16 Dec 2001

I'm at Uni and bored, trying to find an excuse to not work, so I thought I'd give a big shout out to the Westwood Sixth class of 2000.
I'm sure i'll see most of you in the pub sometime soon (probably drunk)

Stacy Johnson

Thu, 13 Dec 2001



Sat, 8 Dec 2001

Could someone point me in the right direction for info. on the Leek Battery R.H.A. ?
My mother Brenda Haynes recently died and left me her fathers medals and I would like further knowledge of the battles of The Great War in which the Leek Battery saw active service.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

John Kerr
Worthing ,
West Sussex

Fri, 7 Dec 2001

Hi folks

My name is Mike Higginbottom born bred and still living in the industrial wilderness of Walsall in the deepest darkest part of the old Staffordshire county.
My mom however came from that clean and green part of our county around Leek .I know very little of my mom who died when I was young and even less about the Leek area ,I am trying to find her 'roots' as I believe she was born in a place called BIXHILL nr Leek but cannot find it listed on modern maps.
Strange as it may seem I'm not even sure of my moms - moms (my grandma) maiden name but think it was EAMES .
It's known that she (EAMES?) married my granddad Joseph LORD and subsequently went over the border into Dinnington South Yorkshire where he worked down the pit before being killed in ww1.

I would appreciate any information to help put my nose in the right direction in my armchair search .

Thanks in anticipation. e-mail

Mike Higginbottom

Thu, 6 Dec 2001



Timothy Knight

Tue, 4 Dec 2001

I regularly read Leek on line.
The Naden/Nadin family has been centred in the Leek/Longnor/ Alstonfield area since the sixteenth century.
We have a Naden/Nadin family society and a regular magazine/newsletter.
Anyone know of anyone related to the family PLEASE let them know and get them to contact us

Nadin family

Tue, 4 Dec 2001

Hi I'm Alan, I went to East Street Primary and then finished Leek High in 1976. I emigrated to Australia in 1996. I would just like to say hello to anyone who knew me, and its a good life here in WA.

Alan Sharrock

Mon, 3 Dec 2001


I lived in Leek 14 years ago when I worked at Kniveden Hall. If anyone remember's me, email me on

Very interesting and informative website.


Graham Dallaway

Thu, 29 Nov 2001


Two 1970s ex pupils have started a web site called Friends of westwood high it is a free site anyone can join, add photos, messages, get in touch with old mate .it is on MSN Communities the url is or contact Mark Nicholson (

Steve Brentnall (
Hope to hear from you soon Mark Nicholson

Wed, 28 Nov 2001

I heard about this web site when I was in Leek recently. I left Leek 30 years ago to live in Ashbourne, then Leamington for a while. Emigrated to Australia for 12 years and I am now back in Leamington. My name was Kay Goldstraw before I married. Anyone there who remembers me?

Kay Venables

Sun, 25 Nov 2001

Hello to all in Leek. My great-great grandfather, John Walton, was a silk ribbon weaver in Leek. He emigrated to Paterson, New Jersey around 1865 with his four sons. I plan to come to Leek as soon as I possibly can to visit Leek Cemetery where my ancestors are buried, and St. Edward the Confessor Church, where they were baptized.

Elizabeth Walton Pruzinsky
North Carolina, USA

Mon, 19 Nov 2001

I am finding it difficult to get to grip's with the new site, maybe i'm turning into a council member and are adverse to any form of change.

Anthony Robinson

Sun, 18 Nov 2001

Excellent new look to the site. Well Done much easier to get about. The site goes from strength to strength

Alan Woodcock

Mon, 19 Nov 2001

My name is Abigail Boulton - Lear, I would just like to say hi to any of my relatives living in Leek, especially nanar and grandad and aunty Josie, I hope you are all well, I am in Australia now, but hopefully I will be home for Christmas. I hope you all have a lovely Christmas. lots of love. xxx

Thu, 15 Nov 2001

Just thought I would say what a great website you have I visit every week, used to live at Little Longsdon Farm Longsdon. Went to Longsdon School then Endon School got married to George Barber at Longsdon Church in 1959. We now live in Rugby, I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me.

Amy Barber.

Thu, 8 Nov 2001

WoW! On awakening this morning I was greeted by this year's first snow. On checking the webcam in Leek I saw green growth on the roundabout. I welcome the snow, ice and cold but dry winter, with all of the pastimes that it invites, however, it ain't half dark in the afternoons and mornings. I will not be travelling to Leek this Christmas but I'm always reminded of her. The surname Leek is not uncommon here, coming perhaps from the Nordic word for game play (Pronounced lek). many other place names in "Our" area come from the same root. e.g. Thorpe.


Jim Heckle,

"The enemy aggressor is always pursuing a course of larceny, murder, rapine and barbarism. We are always moving forward with high mission, a destiny imposed by the Deity to regenerate our victims while incidentally capturing their markets, to civilise savage and senile and paranoid peoples while blundering accidentally into their oil wells." John Flynn 1944

Wed, 7 Nov 2001

Nice to be reminded of some old places and haunts. I was at Leek High School until 1965. I remember playing rugby for the under 13's and gained the reputation of being 'chicken' as the sports master always shouted out 'Don't throw the ball away....' Used to live on Buxton Road, and formerly went to East Street Primary School. Now working in Derby, but haven't visited Leek for some time . Thanks for a good web site - keep up the good work.

Roger Westerman

Tue, 6 Nov 2001

I have recently discovered this wonderful site - very informative and interesting. I taught History at the Westwood High School before returning to teach in my native South Wales in 1992. I still harbour fond memories of the school and the surrounding community.

Best wishes to "old" friends and colleagues!

Mark Cleverley

Tue, 6 Nov 2001

My name is Alison Hill and I left Westwood High School, Leek (as Alison Trafford) to move to Lichfield in 1980.I lived in Mollatts close, Ladderedge, Does anybody remember me or my Father (Barry Trafford) who worked at the National Westminster Bank, Derby St?

I would love to hear from you if you remember me or any member of my family.

Alison Hill.

Fri, 2 Nov 2001


I,m Onno Glastra from Leek in Holland. Our Leek is in the north of Holland near Groningen. I read in the newspaper that there are contacts between our Leek and yours. I wondered if you heared from these contacts and if someone from the Dutch Leek contacted you.

By the following URL you can read some info (in Dutch) of our village.

Onno Glastra
9351 GH LEEK

Wed 31 Oct2001

Hello, I am Arno

I come from Leek in Holland. Recent your councilboard have visited our councilboard.
Now I try to come in contact with your local football club FC Leek Town.
Because I play for v.v. Leek Rodenburg also a footballclub. Maybe it is

nice to have contact.

Greetings Arno

Sun, 28 Oct 2001

Sfax, Tunisia.

What I wouldn't give now to be sat in the Roebuck having a pint, or the Wilkes, The Union, Paul Harrisons place......
If any of you lot are due to visit North Africa and you want info on Hotels in Tunisia, find out what the weather is actually like, places not to visit and some not to miss, drop me a line.

Paul Jackson

Thu, 25 Oct 2001

Beaconsfield School in Frant

If anyone reading this went to the above school please do make contact.

Stephen Ankier.

Tue, 23 Oct 2001

My name is Chris Dawes. I moved to Leek when I was 4 years old back in the mid 50's. My dad worked at the Co-op Knitting Mill in Nelson Street. With my brothers we were in quite a few of the scout shows in the 60's. We delivered milk with Ryder's farm. I went to Leek High School but sadly we left Leek and some great friends in 1967. Whilst living in England I visited Leek many times but I now live in a town called Bacchus Marsh which is just west of Melbourne in Australia. I find leekonline really interesting.

My email is

Chris Dawes

Sat, 20 Oct 2001

I enjoy reading Leek Post on line can we have more pages please.
I was born and bred in Ipstones, I went to school there also Leek Milner Girls School. I finshed in 1961 and worked in Leek until I joined the WRNS in 1963 is there anyone who knows me my name Margaret Dale(Cope).
I live in Queensland Australia now since 1971 but I visit Leek every couple of years ,my family still live there. My dad's name is Norman Cope. Like to hear from school friends.

Thanks Leekonline you are great.

Margaret Dale

Thu, 18 Oct 2001

Andy, can I suggest that you, and anyone else out there who enjoys reading the Leek Post & Times, write to the Editor telling him how much you enjoy reading the L P & T online etc. and see what his reply is.


Thu, 18 Oct 2001

Can't we get the full paper published online? I really enjoy reading it and sometimes it seems that there MUST have been some news I missed out on?


Wed, 17 Oct 2001

Hi there Leek on line, well what a great web page this is, me and the wife have only just come across it, my name is Timothy Knight, Leek born and bred and proud of it, if any one out there would like to contact me if they went to school with me or just know me as a regular in the Leek public houses please get in touch. My e-mail adress is timothy.knight3@bt internet .com. catch you later.

Timothy Knight

Mon, 15 Oct 2001

100 yrs ago Sgt John Cope of the South Staffs Reg died while on active service in the Boer War there is no final resting place for John but there is a Memorial Stone in St John's Cemetery Wynberg Cape Town. His Army No. was 3009 Sgt John Cope 3rd Battalion South Staffodshire Reg.
His sister Kate married William Barnfather who with his father also William had a Coach Building business in Leek he was my Great Grandfather. In the 1891 Census they lived at 44 Wood St .
We also have a photo of the Leek Urban District Council of 1905 in which William Senior served John's mother and father were John & Therza Cope who lived at 19 Thomas St Walsall Foreign Stafford.
We have been researching our surname BARNFATHER for many yrs.


Carl Barnfather

Tue, 9 Oct 2001

I have really enjoyed browsing through this web site, my dads name is Barry Trafford and worked in the National Westminster Bank in Derby street, we lived at the top of Ladderedge, does it ring any bells to anyone?

Jane Trafford, age 31

Tue, 9 Oct 2001

What a very varied and comprehensive site! Many congratulations. I'm probably not looking in the right place, but should I want to buy a house in the area, where would I look? Whilst I try to find out, I do hope that all your efforts are appreciated by the majority. Shall visit agin, thank you.

Lyndsey Glassett

Tue, 2 Oct 2001

We have fallen in love with your town and have found a lovely house on Ashbourne Road which we really wanted to buy. Unfortunately we have been put off by our survey which says the house has visable signs of movement. So we were wondering, and begging,if anyone out there has any local knowledge of the area that may explain the movement away. Sometimes things have happened years before ie. during the war etc. We realise this is really cheaky, but in this age of communication, why not ask?

Michael Gilsenan

Tue, 2 Oct 2001


Trying to contact John Crimes who used to live on Clerks Bank Leek, Or Peter Ball who used to live on Newcastle Road.
I can be contacted on

Alan Woodcock

Tue, 2 Oct 2001

During the Festival we spend a pleasant afternoon on Cauldon Canal.
Greetings from Bavaria,

Pat and Jupp !!!

Sun, 30 Sep 2001

Hi, I was just wondering whether any of you leek people know Mr Alfred Malkin or Catherine Malkin. It would be great to get in touch with any of their old friends!.


Wed, 26 Sep 2001

I am tracing my DOCKSEY / DOXEY ancestors of the Leek / Cheddleton / Wetley Rocks areas. I'd be interested in hearing from anyone with similar ancestors.


Wed, 26 Sep 2001

I lived in Leek for many years, at Swallowcroft, Wallbridge Farm, used to shoot clays at Robert Plant's farm, worked at Bodes ,chainsaw shop next to St Edward's, now living in New Zealand,

Bob Atkinson

Tue, 25 Sep 2001

Hello Leek, wonderful website. I visit you often.

Richard Sturmey

Mon, 24 Sep 2001


My daughter told me about Leek online so thought I would write to see if there is anyone around who remembers me. My name is Vera Eaton (nee Haycock). I went to East Street Primary school, then Westwood High School. I worked at Brittain's Paper Mill until I married and had children. My husband, Phil, and I emigrated to Perth, Western Australia in 1967 and have lived here ever since. My two sisters, Beryl Piwowarski and Janet Brindley also live in Perth. If anyone would like me to pass a message on to them, also, I would be happy to do so.
Looking forward to hearing from some of my old friends soon.

Happy 2001 to all who use Leek online.

Vera Eaton

Thu, 20 Sep 2001

Hi there.
Great site ...

I have only discovered this site in the past few weeks. I use the site to keep up with the goings on in Leek etc. I have been there many times re holidays and I have relatives in Cheshire and Staffordshire.
I am looking for relatives of a Mrs Lovatt (now deceased) previously of Gunn Battery Lane, Biddulph Moor. I saw the engagements in the Leek and Post Times of a Lovatt and just thought maybe someone knows the ones I am looking for?
Mrs Lovatt's son David went to Australia around the mid 60's. Mrs Lovatt also had 2 daughters and I think one was living in Kidsgrove?
I am doing a genealogy study and would love to hear from anyone who may know the Lovatts I am looking for.
You can contact me via my Email



Tue, 18 Sep 2001

I lived in Leek up to 1983, and went to Westwood High School. I am looking for an old friend called Tim Rushton. If anyone recognises his name mail me at
It was a great town to grow up in, and I have some fond memories (I live in Portsmouth now). I don't visit often enough.


Sat, 15 Sep 2001

Hello Leek, and specially to my good friend David Proctor, who moved there.


Fri. 14 Sep 2001

Come to Leek, home of Staffordshire Moorlands Cricket Club,

John Barratt.

Fri, 7 Sep 2001

Like many of your visitors, I am hoping that some old friends will want to make contact. Through the website I have contacted Keith Smith and Lynn Morley (now married to eachother!). Keith and I were at Leek High in the early 1960s and Lynn was at Westwood. If anyone recognises our names, please send an email to

Tony Ferneyhough



Mon. 21 Aug 2001

Just had a great holiday in the Leek area. We used this web site to find out about all the various attractions in the area, we didn't have time to see everything so we will be back next year.
This must be one of the best town web sites in the country, keep up the good work webmaster. How about a few more photographs of the beautiful moorland scenery.

C. Roff

Sun, 12 Aug 2001

John and Mary Moss (Moss) married in Alstonefield on 13.4.1820. On applying to come to Australia John gives his address as Dove Head, Leek.
The family arrived in Australia in 1836.

Ros Fornaro
Western Australia

Sat, 11 Aug 200


If anyone who went to Westwood at the same time as I did (5th year 1974/75) wants to get in touch contact me on I was Julia Bettson back then Now Julia Robinson, It would be good to catch up again. I have contacted Mark Nicholson through a website called .. He has told me what a few of you are up to but I would love to know about the rest of you !! I left Leek in 1975, moving to the north east, and Im still here... so drop me a line....


Sat. 11 Aug. 2001

Nice to hear about some of the successes when people are tracing friends and family through Leekonline. It makes it all worth while.

Tony Smith
Webmaster, Leekonline.

Thu, 9 Aug 2001

A big thanks to your web site. Since, I signed your guest book a year ago, I have been contacted by 3 old friends from school. I attended Westwood Heath in 1979. My family all are originally from Leek and have many friends and family there. If any one has any connection to the Jackson family, I would love to hear from you. They were a large Catholic family. Lived on Park Road. My father was born Michael Terrance Jackson, was adopted and name changed to Kane. He grew up in Leek and married my mother Thelma Pickford, and moved to the US in the 60's. Thanks again for a wonderful web site.


Carla Kane Stroud

Tue, 07 Aug 2001

My wife was an evacuee in late sept. 1939 and was billeted with a wonderful family called Mr. and Mrs. Myatt. This family lived in a large house with extensive gardens (requiring at that time two gardeners). Mr. Myatt was an owner of a silk mill in Maccelsfield (?).
We are coming to visit this area during next september and would appreciate if anyone could offer any advise as to where this residence is, if it still is in existence, so that my wife can visit nearby to refresh old memories.

Any and all help will be deeply appreciated.

Muriel and Watcyn Jones (

Mon, 6 Aug 2001

Hi there,

My name's Robbie Cole and I was a pupil at Leek High School during the years 86-89. I'd be very interested in speaking with anyone who remembers any of the following names: Robbie Cole (me, obviously), Kate Hall, Barry John, Chris Day, Richard James, Justin King, Mark Platts, Ian Clark, Willis Meredith, Ian Clark, Darren Meharg, Martin Glover.
In fact, if you were in my year at school, drop me a line anyway! Address to use is

Kind regards,


Sun, 5 Aug 2001

Yes, I do have friends in Leek !! Thanks for your understanding and friendship during my stay near your town. You are always welcomed in America - and definitely in Oregon!! Pancakes will improve with time!! You have a place to crash ! You are in my heart and I will never forget you. Thanks to your kindness, you made my stay wonderful. BANG THE DRUM !! Glad I was able to enjoy a gig !! Ya'll are great!!


Sat, 28 Jul 2001

Hello to Leek and to the Boulton-Lear's

Brentwood, Ca US

Tue, 24 Jul 2001

G' Day,
My father was born and bred in Leek and now lives in Australia, my aunties and uncles still live in Leek, (Haregate Road) and my father will be over there next year and so will I. If people can give me some more info that would be much appreciated!

Martin Hanley,
Melbourne Australia.

Wed, 18 Jul 2001

I signed the visitors book several weeks ago and got in touch with an old friend Andy Ramsden, visit his website Scooby's Kennel its excellent and has some pictures of Alton towers etc. By the way Andy, beautiful baby. Leek people should be proud of Leekonline. I now work in Congleton but miss the people who I used to work with at British Trimmings they were a grand bunch, hope to see anybody who knows me uptown and about. cheers.


Thu, 12 Jul 2001

We've lived in Leek all our lives and find this site a true representation of the town and reminds us how proud we are 2 be a part of the community.

Lots of love

Tue, 10 Jul 2001

I am trying to contact a long lost cousin by the name of JOHN MORETON ( in his 60's by now) and his elder brother BILL MORETON. There parents were Bill and Cissy Moreton (nee Everton) They lived in Leek during the l940's and l95O's. If anyone knows of these people, could they e-mail me on My maiden name was Irene Everton & I lived in S-on-T. I last saw John around l956 and he had a friend Russell Fearn. Would like to know if John has any info.about the Evertons.


Mon, 9 Jul 2001

I don't know about "several" pints of Peddy, I was only 15 at the time!!! lmao

I noticed on the few occasions I have passed through Leek on the way to Stoke that it appears to have "grown" alot. Thinking back, the atmosphere used to be a bit like The Rovers Return. (a bit I said).

Best Leek memory;

Larking about with some trolleys from Normid. We were racing them down Derby street and one lad who shall remain nameless running like hell and letting it rip down the hill past Baileys sports/cub uniform/air pellet shop towards Saint Edwards Street (if my memory serves me correctly) We all jogged back up Derby street trying not to split our spleens with laughter, only to hear a deep growling " lot!" coming from behind us. Lo and behold, 2 coppers running back up the same street past Baileys pushing the same trolley!
A stupid thing to have done thinking back on it, but hey, I wasn't the guilty party...was I TOMMO! lmao
Damn, I'm getting into this now...the people I could grass on. Watch your replies...I may have some dirt on you!
Anyone wanting to see my life (or how it was 2 years ago seeing as how I have neglected my website updates) can see all the dirty details at: and a handful of New-born Daughter pics at:

Keep up the good work Webmaster, I may return again some day and buy you a pint.

Andy Ramsden

Mon. 9 Jul 2001

I am glad all you people out there enjoy my web site, it is very encouraging when it generates so much feedback via the 'guestbook'. In answer to a couple of the previous questions, yes there were two 'Cock Inns' the second one in the Market Place has long since closed down and is now a shop I will try and find a photo' and post it on the web site.
The question about Alan and Jackie (Mellor) yes they did come back to the Cock in Derby Street but left there some time ago, not sure where they went. Andy, The Flying Horse has changed a lot since you use to go in and drink several pints of 'Pedigree' it is now one of the best pubs in Leek.

Keep the comments coming folks

Sun, 8 Jul 2001

I, too, left my Email address on Leek-on-line and had a few contacts with people from the past. I would like to find an old mate named John Walton, who was at school with me and who came from Longsdon. I think he worked for British Telecom at some stage but I have not seen or heard anything of him for about 40 years! He will be about 57 ish now. I have a question as well. Is there, or was there, two pubs in Leek called "The Cock"? I have recently been told that there was one in Derby Street, and one in Market Place. I can remember the first but not the second as it is many years since I was "home" and I think "old-timers disease" is setting in!


John D. Spooner. (Javea, Spain)

Sun, 8 Jul 2001

Leekonline is a wonderful way to get in touch - the message from Lawrence Hanley has meant that we have been able to get in touch with an old friend - thanks to John Maycock for spotting the message - we will pass his message on to others - and we look forward to using Leekonline again.

Joan and John Bennett

Sun, 8 Jul 2001

I left my details on here with an email address asking that anyone who knew me and wanted to get in touch to feel free to do so. They did. Blast from the past last week as an old neighbour got in touch. Very nice to hear from them too. I have to say though that anybody wanting to try and make contact or find old school friends might want to try It is a fiver for full registration but you can get around it and still allow people to contact you if you have your details on a website like I do. Just put the url in your details! (works out free that way) A fiver!! Scandalous or what? In a week i have had two contacts through it though so its worthwhile for curiosity if nothing else.
I saw in the Leek Post that Lisa Webster has just had a baby recently. Congratulations Lisa on the birth of Kyle. (Someone pass that on if they know her please).
Having read a few of the later comments on "I could never go back to Leek", I agree in some ways, but I miss rolling out of the bird in hand, staggering up to Bubbles, across the road to Yates's, down the market place to the Mucky Duck. Nowadays for me its, ring taxi firm, (check bank balance will stand the hammer of all the travelling), arrive in town centre 20 mins later, enter pub, leave pub, hike miles to next pub, etc etc, find taxi for 2 miles to club, leave club, wrestle for an hour in taxi rank, get into taxi, arrive home 25 mins later minus about £12+ on taxis.
Small town has its good points! lol
While we are onto pubs, I heard a whisper from my brother in Stoke some time back, that Alan and Jacqui that used to run the Flying Horse years ago but left for Ashby de la Zouch, have since returned and are running the Cock Inn. Can anyone confirm this?

Take care Leek.

Andy Ramsden

Wed, 4 Jul 2001

The person requesting photographs of the U16 England v Scotland please get in touch with Leekonline as your e-mail is being bounced back.


Mon, 2 Jul 2001

Looking For
Marion Cordon (Maiden Name) Attended Leek High School 1972-1977 approx 40 years of age used to live at Bridgend garage .Believed moved away from Leek in the early 80s .Can anyone help?



Fri, 29 Jun 2001

Saying Hi to all my Family and friends in the Leek area.

My name is Kay Mckay, I am from Leek. Most of my Family live in and around Leek. I live in Canada now. My name was Robinson. If you knew me in school, and would like to keep in touch, please Email me at am enjoying the web site of Leek and will come back to the site often.

Yours sincerely

Kay Mckay.

Fri, 29 Jun 2001

Hi all.

I lived in Leek for just about six months a few years ago. Hard times for me personally but great people, great place. Really welcoming and with a great sense of humour. Really must visit again soon.

Paul Taylor

Wed, 27 Jun 2001

Just found Leekonline what an excellent idea makes me proud of my hometown where I still live.

kevin sutton

Wed, 27 Jun 2001

To the writer from Vancouver, it seems to me that most of the people with fond memories of Leek haven't lived there for many years, I have to side with Claire on this one. I was born and raised in leek , and after an unfortunate incident, moved to weymouth. (near portsmouth for those people who still believe 1 mile is a long way to drive to work). The difference I found in the two areas was incredible, and although I didn't stay in the south of England it made me realize I could not ever live in Leek again. I now live in the USA and haven't been back to the UK in over 8 years.

Andrew Sharrock

Wed, 27 Jun 2001

This is a great site.

My Grandmother Ann Elizabeth Pegg from Leek, came to New Zealand with her father and siblings early in the 1900's I would like contact with family or information about her mother Hannah Hansell born 1864 Onecote, Staffs and died Cheddleton 1890's. I have a picture of a mature woman we believe to be her sister Selina Brown. On the back of the photo is these words - Mrs A. Nixon, Rockadilla Farm, Biddulph Moor and Selina Brown age 58 on 27/12/1926 Also Ann's family, Thomas Pegg married Sarah Bishop 5/2/1853. Their family included my Gt. grandfather Ralph Pegg born Cheddleton 18/3/1863 and died Nelson, N.Z. 12/11/1914 I would really like to hear from anyone in Leek, either family or genealogists.

Raymond Pahl.

Tue, 26 Jun 2001

To Claire I would point out that Portsmouth (where I spent some time in the navy) is a large county borough highly industrialised and a the largest naval base population 230,000 Leek is a small market town on the edge of the largest national park population 19,000, if Leekites want more expensive, larger supermakets they go to Stoke on Trent which takes about 10 minutes less time than to get across town in pompey and as for shopping malls (ugh) and friendliness and interest in your neighbours go hand in hand people only know what you tell them! nuff said.

All the best
Harry Barnish

Tue, 26 Jun 2001

Howdy from Texas. I've left message here before and have had a lot of help from some of you. I recently found out a great aunt married a Lovenbury back in very early 1900's. Are there any Lovenburys in town who can claim a Tatton as an ancestor?

Laura Cella

Mon, 25 Jun 2001

Like Zoë, who signed the visitor's book a couple of days ago, I also live in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. One of the great things about the visitor's book is the appreciation it gives for the far-flung Leek empire... we've had entries from all over the world. I first signed the visitor's book in July, 1999 (one of the very first entries I think) and since then many, many people have contributed.
There have been a few bitchy comments about Leek (how dare they..!!) but, on the whole, contributions have been positive from current residents and ex-pats alike. Like Portsmouth, referenced in a recent entry, Vancouver is also on the coast.. the Pacific coast... sort of between Alaska and California...!! We not only have the ocean, but the fabulous Rocky Mountains and exotic wildlife such as grizzly bears and whales close by (rather than grizzly people and Wales!!)... and a fusion of almost every culture in the world. However, that doesn't make it "better" than Leek... just different.
Oddly enough, one of the most useful leekonline links for me is the death column in the Leek Post. Not, I hasten to add, out of a morbid curiosity (I don't make a habit of reading obituaries). However, being 57 years old myself, I am starting to recognize more and more entries and, occasionally, I have been able to contact the families - without resorting to a ouija board!! I can usually surprise my brother and sisters (who now live in other parts of England) with news of goings on in the Moorlands.... right here from the Pacific Northwest.
Thanks to this great site and its links to other sites, like the Leek Post & Times, I can still relate to the shenanigans of Leek and Moorlands... even after living in Canada for 30 years. I would be very pleased to hear from anyone from the Moorlands (particularly the Foxt area) who remembers me or other members of the Burston family.

Geoff Burston

Mon, 25 Jun 2001

At least my comments sent to the visitors book provoked a response from Harry Barnish. I have revisited Leek on many occasions since moving south,as my mother still lives in the town, and I have never been overwhelmed by the changes referred to. I suppose I have been spoilt living in Portsmouth with its maritime heritage. We have several large shopping developments, the latest being Gunwharf, full of shops and housing, which has been built alongside the harbour on the site of an old naval establishment.The only retail developments that Leek has seen are charity shops and low cost supermarkets i.e. Aldi, Kwik Save and Wilkinsons. Where are the Tescos, Sainsburys and AsdaWalmarts?
I would suspect that people from London are buying second homes in the Leek area purely for its close proximity to the Peak District and property prices being cheaper than those in that area, not necessarily because they are attracted to Leek.
Leek does have one redeeming feature and that is the majority of its residents. It is nice to say hello to a stranger and not be looked at as though you have been released from the local mental hospital! It is pretty amazing if you visit the main shopping centre and say hello to somebody you know. But the downside is every body seems to know your business.

I still enjoy the odd oatcake, with cheese and bacon, which can be purchased from my local Sainsbury Store.

Claire Marchbank 

Mon, 25 Jun 2001

My father, Geoff Cook, was born in Leek in 1926 and sadly departed 12th June 2001. I am interested to hear from anybody who may know something of the family history even though he last lived in Leek in 1949. His mother's name was Evelyn and father Harry and the elder brother Harry was killed during World War 2. Sadly his younger brother Terry is also no longer with us having passed away last year.

Chris Cook

Mon, 25 Jun 2001

Dear all ex Westwood High School - Class of 1989 / 1991

On Saturday 25 June I visited Leek (called for a drink at the Roe Buck Inn) on the way up to visiting my parents and old family home in a neighbouring village to Leek. My name is Melanie Armstrong (nee Simpson). I went to St Edwards Middle School and Westwood High School & Sixth Form (left 6th Form in 1991). I left Leek also that summer to move to Manchester, went to University in Manchester and haved worked/lived up in Manchester for the past 10 years. I bumped into an old school friend, Nicola Denny who suggested that I log on to Leek On- Line and sign the "Leek Visitors Book". We are now trying to organise a boozy reunion night out (around Leek of course!) with all old school mates. In the meantime it would be great to hear from any old pals. I have really lost touch but still obviously visit my parents near Leek and so I am often passing but have never bumped into anyone over the 10 years !!!

Please get in touch for a laugh and some reminiscing !! my e-mail address is:-



Sun, 24 Jun 2001

It has been a while since I have lived in Leek. It is a darling town with many fine bars! I had a wonderful time during my few years living in Sheepmarket, and I miss the community spirit.
I live in Vancouver, Canada now- which is also an amazing place. If any one remembers me give me a shout!

Zoe Mainwaring

Sat, 23 Jun 2001

G'day from Australia. I am researching my family tree and in particular the EVERTON family. I have cousins Bill and John MORETON, who lived in Leek (hopefully still do) I last saw John about around 1956. I lived in Blurton, S-on-T.
Our grandfather was Charles Francis Everton, Nana was Jane and they lived in Dresden, S-on-T. Bill and John's parents were Bill & Cissy (nee Everton) Other aunts and uncles were Stan, Gladys, Bunty and Hetty.

If anyone knows the whereabouts of the Moretons, please
snail mail 73, Howey St, Gisborne, Victoria, Australia. 3437

Irene Perkin, nee Everton.

Fri, 22 Jun 2001

Claire Marchbank is terribly wrong to say that Leek has not changed, the moans and complaints that one reads in LP&T letters are normal in any town and what about the improvements? Leek now has 4 of the latest supermarkets built in the last year or so, old buildings have had £1000's of grant money spent on them and have been renovated to high standards some old mills that were past there use now are converted to flats and old persons residencies, the local trade in antiques is phenominal and thriving she should see the new Britannia Buiding Society buildings and new medical centres built since she left, perhaps she ought to revisit and have a surprise, there's the new golf course etc. etc. perhaps she might look into people from London and such areas buying second homes in Leek and wonder why. All the best to Leek we love it.

Harry Barnish

Thu, 21 Jun 2001

I left Leek 14 years ago in1987 to live in Portsmouth and marry my fiancé, a sailor. My maiden name was Claire Tomkinson but my married name is Marchbank. I went to Westwood High School from 1979 to 1986. I am quite pleased to have the ability to read the Leek Post and Times online, but it is quite saddening to see that Leek hasn't progressed and everybody is complaining about the same old things, little has changed.
If anybody reads this and remembers me it would be nice to hear from you my e-mail is

Hope to hear from somebody

Claire Marchbank

Wed, 20 Jun 2001

Hi everyone!

Just wondered if people were aware of Leek's place in the history of menageries in Britain. Local boy James Bostock joined Wombwell's travelling menagerie, married the boss's niece, and ended up running his own travelling menagerie named Bostock & Wombwell's. It was the last of the big, old-style menageries, touring until the early 1930s when most of the animals were sold to the newly-created Whipsnade.

If there's anyone out there with any information on Bostock, his menagerie, or other travelling menageries please get in touch on:

Gwyn Griffiths

Fri, 15 Jun 2001

A short message from the other Leek: in The Netherlands near Groningen. What a surprise to discover this website. So many things are comparable with us and yet so different. I hope the twinning idea will succeed. Here in Holland we are contacting as many organizations as possible to develop small-scale ideas of twinning.

Your website is an example for us!

Luc Eekhout
National Carriage Museum / Nationaal Rijtuigmuseum

Wed, 13 Jun 2001

Will someone please give my congratulations to an ex pupil emloyee of mine Mr David Proctor who has obtained his architectural degree and qualifications following 6 years hard university training, his parents Pat and Graham live at the top of Westwood estate I'll bet they are as proud as punch, all the best David you deserve it.

Harry Barnish

Mon, 11 Jun 2001

In answer to Rob Stockley .My names Bill and I carve stone mushrooms, Millwheels, Easter Island faces and much more. You can see them at

Thank you Leek Online your doing a great job.

Willam E Hepden

Mon, 11 Jun 2001

I just wanted to say thank you to the people who responded to my request for info on old friends. I read the Leek Post online and while I cant say I miss Leek, I do miss some of the people. If anyone knows Paul and Claire McCarthy, say hello for me.

Andrew Sharrock

Sun, 10 Jun 2001

As I've been a resident of Leek all my life I'd like to say how much I enjoyed looking and reading all the messages on this page. I attended Westwood High School between 1977 and 1982 and my maiden name was Priestnall. It would be nice to hear from fellow pupils and see what they've got up to since leaving school.
Thanks for a great page.

Debbie Grindon

Sat, 9 Jun 2001

The man from San Francisco is back in circulation - minus one kidney and feeling not so good but improving. Doctors orders are to take it easy - be in touch.

Harry B.

Thur, 7 Jun 2001

What a great site, I really enjoy looking at the pictures of Leek. I'm now living in New Zealand and it's brought back some lovely memories of my old town.

Jennifer Holmes
New Zealand.

Sun, 3 Jun 2001

Hi everybody back home in good old Leek!

Just like to say hello to everyone who knows and remembers me from Springfield high back in the good old sixties, say hello to Geoff Pickford and Scott the moorlander it's about time we had some more pictures Scott! ! !
I would like to thank all at Leekonline for keeping me so close to home

best wishes

Neil Whiston,

Fri, 01 Jun 2001

Behind the Old Tanyard (now a builders yard) at the bottom of the Old Bank was a stream which ultimately flowed under the California car park to the brough park boating pond (now filled in), The stream used to power a large waterwheel. A little further up the valley facing Ball Haye Terrace and backing on to the rosebank street gardens was a small house. It was built of red, white and blue brick. On the front were two stone circular carvings approx 1 metre high. One was of an old man, the other was a youth. There was a large stone approx 6 ft by 2ft between them on it was inscribed
"think as you watch the hours go by ... the time will come when you must die"
It was demolished approx 40 years ago.
I have tried to locate photos of the area showing the building but had no sucess. I am puzzled as to what the building was, certainly not the normal house.

Can anyone help?

Edward 01538 360494

Tue, 29 May 2001

Does anyone remember Yvonne and Peter Holden who ran Yates Wine Lodge in the 1970's? Their daughter Caroline was my best friend at St Mary's school and then in the first year at Painsley and I would love to get in touch with her again. If anyone can help please e mail me.

Teresa Porter

Thu, 24 May 2001

Hi this is LAWRENCE PATRICK HANLEY and I was born in leek and moved to Australia in 1966 I last visited Leek in 1987 but did not have time to catch up with everyone and would like to contact them as we are planning to come over sometime next year so if these people read this please try to contact me
I can be contacted on email

Mon, 14 May 2001

Dear Leek Online,

I am trying to contact the Mushroom Man who produces stone mushrooms, millstones etc. I think he is in the Ipstones/Froghall area, any chance you know his Web page or email address.

Many Thanks

Rob Stockley

Wed, 09 May 2001

Stumbled upon this wonderful idea when trying to find information of Leek. I have traced my ancestors back to the 1600 and they remained in Leek until the 1800. Some may still be there. Their name orginated as Bocock, then went to Boocock and eventually settled on Bowcock. My Grandfather came to Canada in 1904. The line moved from Leek to Derby in 1849 and then to West Leicester in 1882 approximately. Anyone who thinks there may be a connection, I would be very pleased to hear from you.

Muriel Goodwin

Wed, 16 May 2001

Has anyone any information on the Walklett family as I would like to follow the family tree.

Christine Rodgers

Thu, 10 May 2001

Thanks for all the news,

I'm so happy to have discovered this great web site a few weeks ago. I have lived in Ontario, Canada for the last 42 years, but have never lost my interest in the country in which I spent the first 21 years of my life.
I lived in Leonard Ave., Baddeley Green for the first 14 years, & Heath House Lane, Bucknall for the rest of the time. But some of my happiest memories are of the many trips made to the Leek and Moorlands area with my parents. The moors still have a magical attraction for me. I have been back many times especially in the last years my mother was still alive, and I always tried to get out to the Leek area at least once.
It's great to be able to look at the Leek newspaper, peek at the web cam photos, etc. Also look to see if the Moorlands photo's have changed at all. Occasionally in the obit's I see that another familiar person has passed on.

Thanks again. Keep up the good work

Yours truly,
Dave Mayer

Tue, 15 May 200

Leek is a very friendly town. A lot of the people came to Leek after the war. My own mother was stationed with the RAF in Cheadle following the war and met my father. He died some 40 years ago, but my mother remained here with the many friends she had made. Leek is a safe town that I enjoy living in.

Eileen Whiston

Tue, 15 May 2001

Here's another NZ message! You can't get much further away from Leek than this: Waimatuku on the South coast of The South Island.Greetings from Kieran & Janet Turner, we lived on Junction Rd for a couple of years 1975-77. Great to read the Leek Post on line.

Kieran, Janet, Kate & Laura Turner.

Mon, 7 May 200

We really like the new improved version of your site. The photos are particulary good, and its great to read the Leek Post in Nelson, New Zealand.
Mark, Sarah, Katie & Jennifer Holmes

Sat, 5 May 2001

I was most interested to be able to look up what is happening in Leek. My grandfather was born in Leek in 1873. Does anyone have connections to the surnames BROOME & JAMES. The BROOMES lived in the building which I now believe is the TSB in the Market Place area. BROOME christian names were Joseph father of- Elizabeth Albert Rose Frederick C William Henry. My grandfather William Henry BROOME came to New Zealand when he was approx. 21 years of age and was the maker of Swandri waterproof garments.
If you can help please contact me at

Regards Philippa


Mon, 23 Apr 2001

I look forward to reading the Leek Post on line on a Wednesday,just like living in Leek . The web cam is a good idea, although it is always raining. How about more than one in Leek, say Derby St & St Edwards Street !!! Hi to everyone I know in Leek, mainly residents of the quiet woman !!

Claire Cotton.
Milan. Italy

Fri, 20 Apr 2001

If anyone has any information about the Brough family of Leek I would be very interested.
(presumably of Brough Nicholson &Hall fame? Ed)

Teresa Porter

Thu, 19 Apr 2001


I was born in 1973 in Leek. I went to school at Wallbridge Primary & then to Westwood High. I lived in Leek until I was 18. I now live in London and haven't been back for years. I would love people to get in touch with me if they remember me

Mark Lowe

Sun, 15 Apr 2001

I was born in Leek in 1925. After being in the army I worked at Clemisha's, where I met my wife, Lily. I then worked at Compton Mill where I was a manager of a knitting plant. After leaving there I went to live in Cumbria, in 1970.
If anyone knows me, contact my granddaughter

Derek Evenson

Fri, 13 Apr 2001


I went to Westwood high school in Leek in the 70s and met my future wife Gillian Hawley we have two great kids and are still married we all live and run our pub now in Buxton .

Love the web site thanks,

Mark Nicholson

Thu, 12 Apr 2001

I grew up in leek , suffered through leek high school , and finally left in about 89 or 90 I dont have much contact with people i grew up with, but if anyone remembers me please e mail me and say hello. Also if anyone knows Pete Sharrock tell him to call me !! Try to keep dry! ( it rains here in florida too)

Andrew Sharrock
Clearwater . FL

Thu, 12 Apr 2001

I grew up in Leek, my maiden name was Oakley and my mother had a little shop in Shirburn Road. I went to East Street Primary School and Westwood Girls High School.

It is some time since I last visited Windy Town and I now live in Sydney Australia.
If anybody remembers me my email address is
so get in touch.


Ann Rondeau

Project Admin Officer
AWT Training Services
Tel: 02 9645 8424
Fax: 02 9645 8422

Tue, 10 Apr 2001

My sister put me on to and told me to be sure to look at the wonderful photos of the moorlands there. So I did and goosebumps arose all over me to see all my old cycling haunts again. Marvellous. We now live in Canberra, Australia which is also a beautiful town/small city surrounded by high land - in this case the low ranges of the Brindabellas and here, also, I can be cycling on quiet rural roads in 15 mins or so.
Greetings to everyone who remembers Christine & me in Leek and particularly to all the members of Leek Cyclists' Club. And in memory of DSB, my longtime cycling companion.

Dave Knowles
Canberra, Australia

Sun, 15 Apr 2001

18 years ago, I married a girl from Leek. Since then I have visited the town three times a year and was pleasantly surprised to find your "leekonline". We live in Bavaria/Germany and now my honey and I can visit the "Queen of the Moorlands" everyday!
Many greetings to the Bohemian Community in Haregate Road!!!

Josef E. Lischka

Sun, 8 Apr 2001

I am researching the Sales family history and I know that my Sales ancestors came from Leek. My great great grandfather was Thoms Sales born in 1861 in Leek. I have little information on my Sales ancestors. I would love to hear from anyone who knows anything about the Sales family or has any stories about them.

Georgina Sales

Sat, 7 Apr 2001

Congratulations on the 'new look' and better LP & Times site. I look forward to reading it every week to see what is happening around town.

Marie Billington

New Zealand

Sun, 1 Apr 2001

I moved from Leek to Devon with my family in 1984 at the age of 13 and I was delighted to find this web site especially the Post and Times. It enables me to keep up to date with the goings on in Leek and the surrounding area and find out what some of my old school chums are up to.

Donna Randall
Tel:-07977 910808

Sat, 31 Mar 2001

I have recently purchased a property in Southbank St and would like to find out something of its history. The original deeds are missing. Could you suggest a starting point - any local historians or record office, etc.

Thank You
A. Cope

Sat, 31 Mar 2001

I am trying to help a Stephen Sales in France who is trying to find details on his family. His grandfather William Wardle Sales died Jun Q 1967 aged 79 took over the dyeworks from Thomas Wardle. I have found out a lot about the Silk works for earlier dates and about the history of Sir Thomas Wardle but we do not know why William inherited the works. William Wardle was married to, maiden name Wheawall and they had several children including a David, a John and another William Wardle who died in 1994 born 19-9-1918. Has anyone any connections with either family or knows about the Silk works ? Any help would be appreciated.

Sue Banfield nee Sales

Tue, 27 Mar 2001

Hola Amigos,

I was born and bred in Leek and when I left Leek High School in 1961 (ish) , I joined Staffs Police and left the town. I retired from Staffs Police in 1991 and for the last six years I have lived on the Mediterranean coast of Spain in an old farmhouse amongst the orange groves.
Leek on Line was a wonderful discovery. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the whole site and look forward to updates as they come available.
Anyone who remembers me is welcome to drop me an E-mail.

Hasta luego,
John D. Spooner.

Mon, 26 Mar 2001

I have just found your site very good. I have been trying to trace my family tree. So could anyone tell me anything about the family called Mollatts they came to England from France I think they was connected to the silk trade. I can't seem to find out anything about my gggrandmother she was called Mollatt as far as I know my gandmother was called Elisebeth Ann Evans.The family say there maybe a connection with the name Archer or Archie I have found a Mollatts Wood Road in the area of Ladderedge so maybe this is the area they lived.
Would love to hear from anyone Thankyou.
Pauline Wood. E.Mail

Wed, 21 Mar 2001

Just found your site brilliant.

Graham Walker

Sat, 17 Mar 2001

Hi I lived in Leek for a short time in mum Ann ran the Yates Wine Lodge in the market square and I attended Churnet View School. I was hoping to visit the pub but have recently heard rumors that it isn't there any longer is this correct? I made many friends including a best friend by the name of Elizabeth Sheldon. We wrote to one another for a few years but lost touch in 1989. I would love to hear from her again.
Leek is a lovely town and I have some very fond memories.

Best wishes Donna Spurden (nee Roebuck aged 29)

Sat, 17 Mar 2001

Searching for info on the Holfords and Winkle families. Charlotte, Gertrude and brothers, John, Jim. Joan Winkle, Anne Cooke (nee Winkle)

Rik Anne

Wed, 14 Mar 2001

Dear fellow Leekies,

I am a mature history degree student looking for information on William Tattons Mill, it closed in the 70's but was then known as Intex Yarns. I have decided to focus my module project work on this mill as it is of personal interest to me, my late Father worked here for some years, also it is Leek based. If you are an ex employee or related to the Tatton family, please get in touch with me. Are there any books on the mill? I do have the Centenary book in my possession. Are there any budding historians with any information? My email is or my mobile phone number is 07720602469.

Many thanks for your time.

Christine Edwards

Mon, 12 Feb 2001

Residents of Leek may well be interested to know that the stationary Steam Engine which once powered the lace looms at the Wellington Mill in Leek can now be viewed at the Llywernog Silver-lead Mines Museum in Ceredigion (Cardiganshire) Mid Wales!The engine arrived in bits from the Shugborough Hall Museum in about 1978 and has been put back together as a static exhibit. So if you are ever in Mid Wales, come and see a bit of old Leek ! The mining museum is the real thing dating from 1750 with underground tunnels which you can explore. We dress you up as miners to look at the silver-lead veins deep under the hill. Located 11 miles inland from Aberystwyth on the A.44. Tel.

01970-890620. e-mail.

Peter Lloyd Harvey - Mine Captain. 12/02/01

Sat, 10 Mar 2001

I'm in the army and miss watching Leek Town FC play I'm glad Hobby scoring and who can forget Callan . David Osmond.
This email was sent from a BT Payphones If you have any comments or queries on this service please feel free to or visit our web site at

Fri, 9 Mar 2001

I am researching my Cleaver family history. One branch of this family lived in Step Row, Leek in 1881. Can anyone tell me does Step Row still exist?

J. Chase

Fri, 9 Mar 2001

My name is Jessie Hudson and my family was and still is in the Leek area. Just spent a week with you in the snow and rain, must admit May was a bit more pleasant but no more beautiful. Looking for anyone who might have information on one Lousia Besfer Johnson. She was married to Isaac Johnson who is buried with her. She served a midwife in Leek and is buried in the Leek cemetery. Listed in her obituary are nephews with the surnames , Rider, Byrne, Gould,and Hughes. She is spoken very highly of in her obit. and I would love to get to know some more of my family. You can

Can't thank everyone enough for a wonderful visit and we will be back very soon.

Jessie Hudson

Sat, 3 Mar 2001

I was brought up believing that my family once had a connection with James Brindley - canal engineer. Although this is doubtful, can anyone shed any light on the matter. My grandmother was Charlotte Brindley and her mother was Sarah Brindley, both of Liverpool.

David Fergie


Sat, 24 Feb 2001

Hello Leek

I have been introduced to your site by two of my ex pupils David Hunt and John Maycock. From 1957 to 1960 I was the Art Master at Leek High and I remember fondly my days at the school and at my home on Ladderedge. If there any old boys left who still remember me I would be delighted to hear from them, that goes for "old" members of staff too!

My e-mail address is

Keith Hughes

Fri, 23 Feb 2001

Like others, I too stumbled on this site via the Abbey Inn. Plenty of useful info for strangers and potential visitors like myself.
Great stuff!! will use it again.

M. Edgar

Fri, 23 Feb 2001

Greetings to the Greek community of Leek,

Yes, it's me ." The Greek from Leek". I'm sorry I've been remiss in corresponding but I've been on a world tour visiting other famous Greek communities. I look forward to sipping on a pint of ouzo at the"Blue Mugge" on my return. I've missed you all but no matter how far I roam I always call Leek home. I'll be back at Vicarage Road soon, so I'll see you then.

All the warmest of Greek love to you all,

The Greek from (you know where)

Wed, 21 Feb 2001

Wonderful site, gets better and better. Any old pictures of a silk mill in the area of Mill Road or nearby? Been researching my grandmothers' family all seem to be from Leek and worked in Mill. 1851 Whites Directory has William Ball, Silk Twister by commission of Mill St, Leek Also list him as manufacturer. Seems most of the family attended St. Edward's Church & some at St. Luke's. Any old pictures of these ? evidently some of the Wm. Ball family lived on Buxton Rd & Thomas Millward family on Union St., Wm. Hersey on Spout St. Trying to find information on a Robert Hersey Balls Death and Burial place. Reply to

Thanks for any information, I hope....

June Phillips. Rogers Arkansas. USA

Tue, 20 Feb 2001

Hi All

The site is looking better all the time. Please note new E-mail Address

Alan Woodcock

Tue, 20 Feb 2001

Great site / found it by accident its nice to see something relating to my home town

Norman Dickinson


Sun, 18 Feb 2001

Fantastic website. Certainly has everything you could want and more. Congratulations to the authors. I'm a radio amateur and was speaking to Jim (2E0 JIM) who plugged it, so you can thank him for the extra visitor to this page!

Stephen Luke

Thu, 15 Feb 2001


Just to let you knowthat we came over to Leek from Rugby on Feb 3 met my brother Leslie Critchlow, first time for at least acouple of years,it was great. Also great to see Leek again, brought back lovely memories. There is`nt a friendlier place anywhere! please note new e-mail address


Mon, 5 Feb 2001

I recomend all ex pats to look up The Moorlander pictures in the local links section it will make you as home sick as we felt when we just looked and I proudly note that my old offices are shewn on the old leek mill street picture but the old pub on the left was pulled down years ago and that looks like CLUB day in the market place and it still takes place every year I have asked the Moorlander to put up some pictures of the pubs and he said he will so keep looking and dreaming of a real pint not this frozen tinned water we get in the usa .

Harry Barnish

Sun, 4 Feb 2001

Does anyone know the whereabouts of Dave Alcock or John Lee who both use to work at the Grand cinema in the late 50s early 60s? I think Dave went off to Australia and John to Manchester as a fireman.


Fri, 2 Feb 2001

Many thanks to everyone who replied to me through the last few weeks when I was looking for my brother Leslie Critchlow.
Thanks to you all we will be travelling to Leek tomorrow to have lunch with him and to catch up with all the news.
I visit your site every week , it`s great.

Amy Barber

Wed, 31 Jan 2001

I visit your website regularly with pleasure and would like to encourage anyone who might remember me to be in touch. I used to be the German Language Assistant at Leek High School and Westwood High School back in 1986/87 when I lived in Leek. You are more than welcome to be in touch.

Sat, 27 Jan 2001

Congratulations on the improvements to this site. I have just broused the new additions this is one of the best sites in UK. The info about Leek and the surrounding areas is fantastic.
I am looking for a connection to a site in Brown Edge if any one knows of one I want to contact an old pal who lives there .

Harry Barnish

Fri, 19 Jan 2001

Further to my previous message.
I would be pleased to hear from anyone interested in Longnor/Leek history since my family was centred in the Longnor area from C16th
I am particularly interested in discovering old photographs or prints of the area.
I have indexed the local surnames appearing in the Leek Post in 1898 and a CD is available for personal search in Leek Library.
Searches can be arranged at a small cost to those not able to visit personally by contacting
There are also entires from Leek in the WW1 newspaper photographs index and the Boer War letter index all at the same address.

Revd Dennis Nadin

Thu, 18 Jan 2001

Thanks for the site.
Can you tell me does Brunswick Weslyan Chapel exist and has anyone a print or photograph of it for around 1900 when members of my family were involved with it.

Revd Dennis Nadin

Thu, 18 Jan 20

Hello my name is Carol Whiston. I was born in Leek in 1953 and lived there until 1970 when I moved to the south coast of England - Portsmouth and Southsea - to join my grandmother, Alice Booth. I went to Westwood Hall Girls School between 1965 and 1969 and I would be very interested to hear from anyone else who attended at that time, who might recognise my name! My brother is Neil Whiston whom I believe has been in touch with you already - he lives in Germany and has done since the early 70's.
I still live in the south of England in a village called Church Crookham, in Hampshire. I haven't been back to Leek for such a long time although I still have relatives in the area. I must make a resolution to come back this year.
I look forward to hearing from someone.

Carol Whiston

Thu, 4 Jan 2001

This site just get's better and better well done Tony
Regard's Dave Porter, Leek, Staffordshire, UK.

David Porter

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Tue, 02 Jan 2001

My name is Mike Jackson - grew up in Leek but not lived there since 1967 when I went away to university. My father was Fred Jackson, photographer with his shop in the Market Place. He was Chairman of the Urban District Council at the end of the 1960s. I have visited Leek several times over the years until my mother died in 1992. Have been back since while working overseas - on rice! Interesting web site.

Mike Jackson

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