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Subject: Christmas

December 25, 2004

It would be remiss of me if I did not take this occasion to wish the townspeople of Leek a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. Sixty years ago, during WWII, I and many of my fellow Americans were guests of your town. We were welcomed and were shown only kindness. It has been an awfully long time, and much has transpired in the world we share, but I do remember your town of Leek.

Cordially, Tony Oropollo, M.D., FACA
87 th Infantry Division

Subject: The Roches or The Roaches

Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2004

I read with interest the controversy regarding the spelling or misspelling of the roaches/roches. Maybe Dr. Robert Plot can throw some light on this subject!

In his book of 1686 (The natural history of north Staffordshire) there is a map of north Staffordshire and Roach Grange is spelt with the "A" in it.


Keith Berrisford
Wayward Leekension

Subject: Brew Family

Date: Wed, 24 Nov 2004

We are trying to trace the 'Brew' Family from Leek.

My Grandfather's name was Archie Brew. He had an elder brother - William and sisters - May and Edith. Their Parents were William John Brew and Emma Goddard. William and Emma married in 1882. Archie married Mary McCloughlin(?) and they had a family ( Marion, Doris & Vera ), he left her and set up home with my grandmother Eliza Gravil ( who we know very little about) and subsequently had 6 children (Margaret, Elsie, Phyllis, Kenneth Alan and Kathleen).

We would be keen to hear from any relatives related to any of the above.

Jo Elliott
Dir + 44 (0) 20 7939 4933

Subject: Leek Bowling Club Juniors

Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2004

What a pleasure it was to see such a good turn out - around 80 people at Leek Bowling Club's junior section annual presentation evening on Saturday night. I would like to sincerely thank the club for inviting me to present the awards.
The club offers excellent facilities at its Beggars Lane HQ and should be congratulated on opening its doors to young people. I wish the club every success in the future.

Gary Shenton

Your Leek Paper

Subject: The Roaches/Roches

Date: Fri, 12 Nov 2004

One thing I haven't seen mention of in all the discussion over whether it should be The Roaches or The Roches, is that if it is portraying the french word, why isn't it "Les Roches"?


Recent Import to Leek - best move I've ever made

Subject: Tracing a friend

Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004

I'm trying to find a friend of mine who I used to travel with on the bus to college, his name is John Matthews. He lived in Leek and I lived in Endon we both went to the North Staffs catering college in the early 1960's.
If you read this John please write to Judy Peters, now Nicholson, at

Judy Nicholson

Date: Fri, 1 Oct 2004

Subject: David Mayer

I'm trying to contact David Mayer in St. Catharines Ontario Canada. We were school friends at Endon High School in 1953.

Don Hancock

Date: Thu, 30 Sep 2004

Subject: The Roaches

I see that Leek Online spell 'The Roaches' as it sounds. I can understand why the non-anglicised spelling would be 'Roches' but if this is the case, perhaps we ought to start pronouncing it in the French way. As far as I remember The Roaches have been spelt so for many years - why change now? Otherwise we might have to apply the same rules to Petty France.

I love the web site and often call in. It's great to catch up with local news - I'm now in bonny Scotland but still miss the area after 14 years away!

A big 'Hi' to anyone who remembers me!

Anne Doyle (nee Davison)

Thank you for your comments, it is spelt Roaches on my map which was published in 1842, so I agree, why change it? Ed.

Subject: Leek and Moorlands Carnival

Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2004

It was with great sadness that we reported this week that the future of Leek and Moorlands Carnival was in doubt, following the resignation of principal organiser Celia Oakden.
Celia and her small committee have done a tremendous job in putting on this colourful annual spectacle. To lose such an important event on Leek's social calendar would be a great tragedy.
Maybe the district and town councils could ensure that the carnival is kept alive. It is after all one of the town's tourist attractions.

Gary Shenton, Editor, Your Leek Paper

Subject: can you help ?

Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2004

I'm looking for anyone who has old videos of Leek Commodore Cadets that they would be be prepared to either copy or to sell to me - all costs will be met.

Many thanks


Wed, 25 Aug 2004



I am currently researching CATER - Leek Family Tree and am hoping that someone will be able to help me with information on William CATER b1821c Braintree married Maria DIGBY b1823c Braintree in Chelmsford in 1843. They moved to Leek shortly after the birth of the first child Mary Ann Maria b1847 Braintree. They had three children in Leek, Ellen b1852 Leek,Henry b1860 Leek,Charles b1861 Leek and lived at Number 2 Court, 3 London Rd.
My connection is with their youngest son Charles Cater whose first marriage was to Mary Jones in Leek 1886. They had three children and lived at 34 Livingstone St.

William Henry b1887 married Edith M. MARGERRISON 1912 Leek, All Saints
Edith Ellen b1892 married John ARNOLD in 1920 Leek, All Saints
Maria b1894 married Percy BROUGH in 1931 Leek, All Saints.
Charles CATER second marriage was to Maria GERRARD in 1919 and they had two children, Eric (my father) and Kenneth.
I cannot find any records of either William CATER or his father Charles CATER in Braintree. I am hoping that decedents of their children in Leek may be able to shed some light.....thank you....

Helen Galea from Brisbane Australia

Sat, 21 Aug 2004

Does anyone remember the Leek Commodore Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps? Are there any of you still in Leek?

Jennie Moss

Subject: email address

Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2004

I am trying to locate an email address for Leek County First School , East Street, Leek. If anyone has this information please let me know.



Subject: Tracing an old friend

Date: Sat, 31 Jul 2004

I would like to trace an old friend of mine from Leek. His name is David Kerr and he used to live on Windsor Drive. I think he has now moved to London. He will be 42 now. If anyone has a contact address please let me know.

Kath Rossi

Subject: flight simulation

Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2004

Hi Leekonline.
Just wondering if any one visiting your site is into 'Flight Simulation' and who would like to swop ideas or meet up for a chat? Just so we are not the only raincoats in Leek who have a thing about aircraft.
Thanks a lot and keep up the good work.


Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2004


My mother was born Jane Baugh born in Leek in 1908. Her parents were Joseph Baugh of Little Sutton and Sarah Jane Baugh (nee Crombie) who was also born in Leek in 1868. My great grandfather was Joseph Crombie and I understand my great grandmother was Mary Crombie (nee Bold). My mother and grandparents moved to Manchester round about 1911 and then to Little Sutton where my grandfather was born.
I know my grandmother had brothers and sisters although I only know the name of one of these - which was Peter. Unfortunately I do not know what became of him. My grandmother, Sarah Jane, was a braide worker at the time of her marriage and I understand that other members of the family worked in the same industry.

I would like if at all possible to hear from any members of the Crombie family.

Kathy Green

Subject: Club Day

Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2004

Club Day on Leek on Line. It used to be a day to be looked forward to and I remember taking part as a member of 2nd Leek Cubs in about 1950 !
More recently,(?) in about 1979, as a member of Staffordshire Police Mounted Branch, together with a fellow Officer, I led the parade through the streets of Leek Town Centre.
I don't suppose any one reading this has a photograph of that event with the two Police horses on it?


John D. Spooner
Javea, Spain.

Subject: Please help me anyone.

Date: Tue, 06 Jul 2004

My name is Stephen Marren and I now live in Macclesfield.
If anyone knew me from Leek please get in touch. I used to live at 23 Adams Grove and left there in 1979.
Also if anyone new my grandma Dolly Marren before she got married she was Dolly Peacock, she died in 1998 agd 90 years. She has 2 surviving 2 sisters, Nancy and Mary who live in canada.
My dad is Harold Marren who now lives in Newcastle Staffs., did you know him? Please get back to me if you can help.

Thank you,

Stephen Marren

P.S what a great web site Leekonline is, thankyou

Subject: Harrison family of Leek and Thorncliffe

Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2004

I am researching the Harrison family of Leek and Thorncliffe in the 19th and 20th century and would like to hear from anyone who is researching same.


Subject: The Marrens

Date: Sat, 08 May 2004

My name is Stephen Marren I would like to know if anyone knew my grandma Dolly Marren who passed way in1998 aged 90.
She lived on Fountain street in th 70's and re-married a John Cook and so was also known as Dolly Cook.
Also if you know any of my other relations (Marrens) please contact me.

Stephen C Marren

Subject: Marriage of Herbert Fisher to Elizabeth Wardle at Leek between July and September 1878

Date: Sat, 8 May 2004

I am trying to get all the marriage details for the above record to try and establish whether the Herbert Fisher was one of the 12 children born to Joel and Ann Fisher of Meerbrook
Any of the normal information found in a wedding entry would be most appreciated

Many thanks

Terry Fletcher

Subject: marriage

Date: Fri, 7 May 2004

To all the customers at the Flying Horse, Mary's wedding went fine, no one drunk but she's still in bed.

Paul Haughian

Date: Sat, 24 Apr 2004

Hi there.

I lived in Cheddleton and went to Westwood high school up until 1976. I now live in Stafford but have lost touch with my old friends. I would love to trace one in particular her name is Jackie Prentice, maiden name, Barker. if anyone has any info then please e.mail me.

Terrina Buckley, (maiden name Meakin.)

Subject: trying to trace Idris Hughes

Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2004

My mother Eva Johnson is trying to find out what has happened to Idris Hughes, she regularly spoke to him on the telephone until just before Christmas. She knew he had not been well and he said he would be in touch, but we think he must have died. As she doesn't know the addresses of any of his family she would like to know what has happened to him. He was the husband of her long time friend and bridesmaid, who died a number of years ago. If anybody can tell us what has happened we would be very grateful.


Sue Rose (nee Johnson)

Subject: Getting in touch

Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004


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 now in Buxton .I used to live at The Jester in the 70s and would love to hear from any old mates,especialy Marion Cordon .

Love the web site thanks,

Mark Nicholson

Subject: History of 'Stone House'

Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2004

Im trying to trace the history of Stone House, Basnetts Wood Endon.
I used to live there till 1970 when I migrated to Australia with my parents and brother.
Some Leek people might remember my father, Mr Howard Peters he used to work in Job White's factory till it was burnt down.
If there is anyone who knows any history of this very old house I would be grateful.

Thanks a lot

Judy Nicholson

Subject: The Curlew

Mon, 12 Apr 2004

Can anyone give me any information as to why the Curlew is on the Staffordshire Moorlands Badge, I thought it was a native of Canada !!


Phill Barratt


Sat, 10 Apr 2004


I am a former pupil of Leek High School. I left Leek in December 1980 when I joined the RAF. I have now settled in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. I have just found the web-site and think it is a fabulous idea. I think everyone who is a true Leekite, who has moved away will always miss it. Great people and great place!! Unique!! Can I say hello to some of my former school mates. Helen Ahmed, Sue Goldstraw and Alison Hulme. Great times and great memories!! Anyone wants to get in touch please do!!

Simon "Snouty" Bourne


It is with great sadness that we read of the demise of yet another textile factory in Leek.. I started my working life in textiles at Brough, Nicholson and Hall in Cross Street (now an antiques centre and police station) and remember vividly walking along the tunnel under the road to the dye house every morning. Not for the faint hearted or those afraid of rats and mice!. I also remember braids, corset laces, trimmings, silk woven pictures, woven badges and hopsack ties to name but a few of the items that were made there. I moved to Victoria Manufacturing in Langford Street and remember knitted fabrics, knitted suits, cardigans, string vests and underpants, hats, scarves and gloves. But most of all I remember the people, some of whom have now sadly passed on like the textile industry, and the laughter and tears we all shared.

The mills will all too soon be forgotten unless a museum is set up in Leek similar to the Silk Heritage Museum in Macclesfield so how about it you Councillors or even businessmen. Please don’t let the history of Leek pass away. I am sure there are enough people like myself with memories, and possibly items made in the mills, to provide information for a display which would be of interest to tourists to Leek not to mention the children now growing up in the Leek area who will never have even heard of ‘s’ twist and ‘z’ twist in yarns, braid tenting machines, warp and weft machines.

Leek is, I understand, known as one of the best areas to purchase antiques but let’s not forget what made it unique. Let’s show the tourists our textile museum and the building that still remain like the weavers houses in London Street where you can still see the upper rooms where the work took place.

Is there anyone out there that agrees with my ramblings??

Pauline Harrison

Subject: Trying to contact an old friend

Fri, 2 Apr 2004

Does anyone know the whereabouts of an old friend?

"40 Years On," was the title of our old school song, and it was 40 years ago that I met a young lady from Leek and have often wondered what became of her. Her name was Susan Rotton, and she lived at 5 Grove Terrace. If anyone can help, or if Susan sees this herself, I can be contacted at

Thanks to anyone who might be able to help

Neil Kennedy formerly of Frodsham, now of Helsby  

Subject: Corbishley

Mon, 22 Mar 2004


Was browsing the net only to find plenty of people with the same name as I, that is Corbishley. I am from South Africa. Only a small amount of us Corbishley's live here. Would be great to hear from anyone else out or in S.A with the same name.

Contact details : Duane Corbishley

Thanks and Regards


Subject: Simpson

Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2004

I have a friend from New Zealand, whose grandfather emigrated there around 1910. His name was Simpson and he was silk spinner from Leek and she would like to know a little bit more about him. Anyone any pointers or tips? My friend has visited Leek, but the street where he lived was demolished some years ago.

Was his emigration part of a movement away from the silk industry around the beginning of the 20th Century?

Comments/advice to Paul Nelson


Sat, 13 Mar 2004

I 'm looking for the address of Jack Carter who is about 70 years old, last known address was Dandillion Avenue, Cheadle, Stoke-on-Trent

If anyone knows of his whereabouts, could you please contact me at this number 0032/

Thank you very much.

Brian Bennett, Belgium

Subject: Stubbs

Wed, 10 Mar 2004

I have been fortunate to receive much information that was very helpful in my quest to find out about my Grandfather, William Pownall Stubbs, and would now like to erase my entry from the Leek on line Visitors' Book.

Angela Prior

Previous entry erased

Subject: Mark Nicholson

Mon, 8 Mar 2004

Hi All ,

I lived in Leek in the 70s and 80s I attended Westwood and lived at The Jester Pub on Mill Street, later worked at The Forge at Bottomhouses, I would love to hear from any old friends

Mark Nicholson

Subject: Cheddleton/ Leek schools

Tue, 2 Mar 2004

Hi, I'm looking to catch up with any old school friend who went to Cheddleton primary then Cheddleton middle school and then on to Westwood high school in the early 80's. as I have had a sudden desire to catch up with old chums!

If you remember me .. Dorothy Guntripp

Please contact


Subject: Sherratt Family

Mon, 23 Feb 2004

Looking for anyone related to the Sherratt Family of Brown Edge and/or Leek. Researching from 1700 to present.
Information posted on if you are related or know someone who is, please contact me at:

Wendy Sherratt Hogan
Ontario, Canada

Subject: Market research re:- Your Leek Paper

Sat, 21 Feb 2004

I would like to point out that market research currently being conducted in Leek about Your Leek Paper, has not been commissioned by the newspaper.

Gary Shenton (Editor Your Leek Paper)

Subject: Moss

Sat, 14 Feb 2004

My great great grandfather John Moss lived at Dove Head, Leek. He married Mary Moss in Alstonfield in 1820 and left for Australia in 1836.

I would like to hear from anyone with Moss connections.

Ros Fornaro
Western Australia

Sat, 07 Feb 2004

Subject: Finney & Hodgkinson Families


I'm trying to trace any relatives or descendants of the late Tom Finney from Cheddleton or Fred Hodgkinson from Leek, They were both grandparents of mine and i would love to contact anyone who was related to them or that knew them. I also would love to contact anyone who was related to Toms wife Beatrice who recently passed away. If you knew or have any information about any of these people please please contact me?

Thanks M Finney

Sun, 1 Feb. 2004

Subject: Leek Online - a big thankyou...

Here at Moorlands Radio we are evaluating our trial broadcast ready for the "trial broadcast report" to be submitted to OFCOM. Local petitions with over 200 names along with 95 letters of support have been received for the station so far. We are working hard behind the scenes to get Moorlands Radio on the air full time. With the reaction from people in Leek and the Moorlands, that should not be too long.

Tony - I'd like to thank you for your support in helping us publicise the station with the adverts for our launch date and links to the website - your website has been an inspiration to us - always online in the Moorlands Radio studio too!! It's not always easy setting up something like this, although, 2003 saw the expansion of Leek-Based media with "Your Leek Paper" and Moorlands Radio launching in the same year.

Once again a massive thank-you to Leek-Online and all it's surfers. See you later in 2004 - superb website, keep up the good work,

Tony Mullins
Chairman - Moorlands Radio Group
Moorlands Radio is based in Leek, Staffordshire

Mon, 26 Jan 2004

Subject: Wain Family

Super town web site!

A William Matthew Wain was born to John & Hannah Wain of Leek Moor on 4 March 1825.
He was baptized 15 March 1825 at Derby Street Independent Church. I do have some other info about Wain families in Leek at this time but I can't tie in the above family to any relatives.

I would love to contact any researcher having an interest in this family who were involved in silk manufacturing.

Many thanks,

Adrian Mustoe

Tue, 20 Jan 2004

Subject: Briggs & Co - Booters

Hello from an ex pat Aussie,

I've come into the possession of a beautiful gilded flow blue plate. On the front is a drawing of Leek Church and on the back it says:-

With the compliments of
Briggs & Co
14 Market Place

Does this firm still exist and if not, does anybody know anything about it, or the plate?

Regards to all,

Pamela Miller,

Sun, 18 Jan 2004

Subject: William Tatton


my uncle has given me a book on the 100 th anniversary of William Tatton Co. (from 1969 ) .I was wondering if anyone could complete the history of this company to the present day as it would interest me .

many thanks

Mark Bradley

Fri, 16 Jan 2004

Subject: RE: Twiggs and Redferns

Sorry, I sent the last message without checking it. Great-grandfather James Twigg married Polly Redfern after the death of Alice Ann Redfern. James and Polly had several more children together.
Grandfather George Twigg, left Calton to join the army at 17 and fought in the Great War several years later.

Thanks to anyone who can give me any more information.

Angela Mohan

Please see previous entry dated Sun. 4th January 2004

Fri, 16 Jan 2004

Subject: Silk workers and stuff...

Good Day to all, wishing all of you a Happy and Prosperous New Year for 2004!

My Great Grandfather, William Sheldon and his family lived in Leek on Britannia Street (?), around the turn of the (last!) century. On his marriage certificate, he gave his occupation as a "silk twister". What is or was, a "silk twister"? Anybody out there who might help?
Also I saw the reference to my Grandfather, Edward Creathorn, also of Leek - the Footballer. The correspondent said he'd seen the reference in an article in the library. Would that be in the archives of the Leek F.C. or in the Public Library?
And how might I access that treasure?
Any help would be appreciated,

Ted Warwick,
Wisconsin USA

Wed, 10 Dec 2003

I would like to contact a guy called John Wint, who put an entry onto this page
(See entry on Sat. 22 Jul. 2000)



Wed, 7 Jan 2004


I wonder if anyone can help me. I was recently talking to my mother about our family history and she mentioned that her father, Charles Joseph Wardle used to travel by bicycle from Burton-on-Trent to Leek to see relatives who were involved in the Silk trade. She cannot remember who they were. My Grandfathers parents were Thomas and Clara Wardle, who I think lived in Hatton, Derbyshire, and who are buried in Tutbury church in Staffordshire. My grandfather was born in the 1880's.

Is there a local historian who can help or anyone who can recommend any books on the history of silk manufacturing in Leek.

Many thanks.

Carol Chowns

Tue, 6 Jan 2004

Subject:- The Knowles family of Leek

Looking for any information on the Knowles family in Leek. I am related to William Knowles a local builder who married Hannah Pickford in 1853. They had three children, Mary b. 1855 Martha b. 1859 and William b. 1865. I think Mary married William Spearing, a local shopkeeper. Martha, I think, died in 1892 aged 33 (I think she was a Milliner and I would suspect her death may have been related to her job and the use of mercury) and William who married Mary Gibson in 1888. William left for the USDA in approx 1893 to seek his fortune. He had a son William Allen b. 1889.

Any information gladly received.


Darren Knowles

Mon, 5 Jan 2004

Subject:- Old school buddies

In December I requested anyone who attended Milner girls school Leek from 56-58 to get in touch with me, but in my excitement at finding your site with a notice board, I omitted to leave my maiden name in case anyone remembered me. It was Pamela Shenton, a little bit of info that may jog your memories, the last year in school we got our first male teachers in that school, I remember Mr. Costain who taught history and I think drama because I had my first schoolgirl crush lol !. I now reside in Canada but would love to hear from anyone that cares to get in touch.

Thanks Pam

Original msg

Sun, 30 Nov 2003

I just found this site and I would love to hear from anyone who remembers or is affiliated with the Cartilidge family I spent many happy hours as a child in Leek, 9 Argles Road to be exact, went to Milner Girls School Leek, if any one would like to get in touch I would be happy to hear from you,

Thanks Pam

Sun, 4 Jan 2004

Subject: Twiggs and Redferns in the Leek area


I am trying to compose a Family Tree and have traced my maternal family back to James Twigg, born 1864 who married an Alice Redfern in Blore Church in 1883. They had two children, George Twigg b. 1883 (my grandfather) and Alice Ann Twigg b.1885. Sadly Alice, the mother, died shortly after the birth of her daughter but James then married her sister, Polly (Mary) and several sons and daughters. My family knew very little about the second family as my grandfather ran away to the Great War at the age of 17 and never kept in touch with his father and step siblings. Alice Twigg married Sam Elkin and moved away from the area.
Alice Redfern was born in Waterfall and I think her father, Matthew farmed at Hudhill, Calton. I think she and her brother Matthew were in service at Lowe House, Cauldon in 1881 and they had brothers Frank, David, Thomas, sister Mary and brother John. I would be very grateful for any information about either family. My husband and I visited the area recently and gathered some names from gravestones but they do not help much.

Mrs Angela Mohan

Fri, 2 Jan 2004

Hello from the bottom of New Zealand

My grandfather was Isaac BALL and he was born in Baddeley Edge in 1876 and lived all his life in the surrounding area. I would love to get in touch with any descendants of his siblings.
His parents were Jacob and Ann (nee Payne). He had sisters Mary Ann (Madge), Bertha (Mrs Stubbs) Annie L, Ada (Mrs Boulton), Rose (Mrs Brocklehurst and others) Amelia (Millie) Grace (Mrs Chadwick) He also had a brother Percy who had a daughter named Hilda. Isaac and his other brother Fred came to NZ about 1903


Dorothy Pasco, Southland, NZ
Living in the Past Lane


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