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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
Wed, 25 Aug 2004
Subject: THE CATER FAMILY
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?
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.
Subject: flight simulation
Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2004
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
Subject: THE CROMBIE FAMILY
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Date: Sat, 24 Apr 2004
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,
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
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 !!
Subject: GETTING IN TOUCH
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
THE END OF AN ERA
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 dont 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 lets not forget what made it unique. Lets 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??
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to anyone who might be able to help
Neil Kennedy formerly of Frodsham, now of Helsby
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
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
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
Thank you very much.
Brian Bennett, Belgium
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.
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
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
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 http://www.nt.net/whogan/tree/sherrattindex.htm
if you are related or know someone who is, please
contact me at:
Wendy Sherratt Hogan email@example.com
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.
(Editor Your Leek Paper)
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
I would like to hear from anyone with Moss
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,
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
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,
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 .
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
Thanks to anyone who can give me any more
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
And how might I access that treasure?
Any help would be appreciated,
Ted Warwick, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Wed, 7 Jan 2004
Subject: SILK MANUFACTURING IN LEEK.
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
Is there a local historian who can help or
anyone who can recommend any books on the history
of silk manufacturing in Leek.
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.
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.
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
Sun, 4 Jan 2004
Subject: Twiggs and Redferns in the Leek
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
Dorothy Pasco, Southland, NZ
Living in the Past Lane