Subject: Greetings at Christmas
Date: 21 December 2006
Another year has gone by, and I must admit that memories have become a little hazier and that which was the recent past has now become , truly, the distant past. Nevertheless, I have not forgotten my stay in your village of wonderful people. I was one of those "Yanks" of WW II who was stationed in Leek prior to going to France. And , somewhat like the character in the musical, Brigadoon, I too, reflect fondly on that tumultuous, but still remarkable era.
I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.
Cordially, Tony Oropollo, M.D firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Love the web cams
Date: Sat, 16 Dec 2006
Hi my name is Julie Lockett nee Flanagan daughter of Michael and Maureen.
I've recently emigrated to Kalgoorlie home of the Superpit gold mine in western Australia and I can't thank Leekonline enough for the webcams they provide as today Saturday 16th at 1.30 my mum and her brother stood on the monument whilst we sat at our computer watching them waving at us, I suspect that the people of Leek might of thought their behaviour a little odd but it was just great to see them.
They said next time they will have a Christmas banner to hold up.
The service Leekonline offers is great for families and you should let more folks know about the webcams as sometimes, especially around this time of year, it is great for kids to be able to see their nana.
I may not have lived in Leek all my life, the last 8 years we had been living in Aberdeen, but Leek is where all my family are so in some way Leek will always be home.
BTW Steve Povey your doing a great job and your a nice person but I heard you have been ill, that's your body saying slow down and take some time for yourself I'm sure Leek will cope if you take a day off.!!!!!!!! Oatcakes like yours Australia fails to provide but I suppose it would be greedy to want everything and in this great weather I'm sure I'll survive.
Mon. Dec 05, 2006
Subject: My thanks to the people of Leek
On September 1st 1939 I along with hundreds of other young children arrived by train from Manchester, that evening we went from door to door, it was damp and a little cold, we were all in fear of the unknown.
I was taken into the home of Victor and Edith Nadin along with her sister Harriet Rushton, in Fountain St., I was given a banana, that was the first of many kindnesses that was shown me over the years.
I went back to Manchester in 1945, I have never forgotten the wonderful people of Leek, I will be forever greatful for the love and care shown to me and the other young visitors.
In 1946 I joined the Royal Navy and for over 10 years I had the honour to serve King George V1 and later my beloved Queen Elisabeth 11.
During my sevice I was trained as a diver, so on leaving the Navy I became a commercial diver for the next 37 years.
In 1976 my family moved to Canada, my wife has finally settled down, our four sons are all doing well in the fields they went into.
One final point for the vicar of St Edwards (the old church), I had the pleasure to stand in the bell tower with Victor Nadin on VE night, I seem to remember someone saying that a cannon ball from one of Oliver Cromwells cannons had struck the tower! One day before I die I would like to come back to Leek, perhaps the new vicar would let me once again stand in his bell tower?
Donald A Hurworth
302B 11831 80th Ave,
Pn/Fax 604 597 4263
Subject: Pete Williams
Date: Sat, 04 Nov 2006
Maybe someone in Leek can help me out. I´m looking for an old Army pal of mine. His name´s Pete Williams, and is married to a lady named Gaynor. We served together in the Royal Engineers during the 80`s. Be nice to get in touch with him again, after such a long time.
Regards Dave Edwards.
Subject: family history
Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2006
I have an ancestor shown on 1841 Census living in Parish of Leek, district is I think Tittesworth, she was a silktwister.
Was this a big industry in the area at that time?
Are there any publications on this ?
Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2006
Subject:: Lottery Winner
Id like to say massive congratulations to Angela Leese and family on her recent good fortune on the Lotto. As someone who used to baby-sit for her 5 daughters and sit sticking wads in them damn tops (shell know what that means), I cant think of anyone else from my old town who deserves it more.
Hello to all you Leekies who vaguely remember my name,
Andy Ramsden (Rammy)
Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2006
Subject:: New e-mail address
Greetings from North Carolina! This is a follow-up to my letter dated January 5th, 2006. As a former Leek resident, (my name - Pauline Clowes) who spent my growing -up years there from 1940-1957, I would like to re-connect with old friends and schoolmates. I'd also love to hear from any of my late father's co-workers from the M.E.B. (Midlands Electricity Board), or their children.
I now have a new e-mail address - email@example.com - and would be very happy to hear from anyone who can share memories from almost 50 years ago!
Many thanks - Pauline Clowes Dixon
Winston-Salem, North Carolina USA
Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2006
Subject:: G Is billeted in Leek
MY NAME IS DOMINIC MARGLIOTTI, I HAD THE GREAT PRIVELIGE TO HAVE BEEN STATIONED IN YOUR LOVELY TOWN AS A U.S. SOLDIER FROM THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY TILL JUNE WHEN WE WENT TO THE TOWN OF BOURNEMOUTH. AND THEN OFF TO NORMANDY. I WOULD LIKE SOME INFO. ABOUT FAMILY MEMBERS OF MR . PERCY BRENTNALL. HE PLAYED THE PIANO IN THE WHEATSHEAF INN. MYSELF AND A FEW OTHER G.I'S WOULD SING WHILE PERCY PLAYED THE SONGS OF THE DAY.
PERCY'S ADDRESS WAS 37 TITTESWORTH AVENUE AND I REMEMBER BEING BILLETED IN A CONVERTED STABLE, WHICH WAS COMFORTABLE. PLEASE HELP ME IN THIS ENQUIRY. I HAVE VERY FOND MEMORIES OF MY 5 MONTHS SPENT AMONG THE FINE AND FRIENDLY CITIZENS OF YOUR GREAT TOWN. I AM ANXIOUS FOR A SPEEDY REPLY.
Date: Thur, 10th August 2006
Subject: Leek coin
I wonder if you could shed any light on an old coin I have. It is called a Leek Commercial Halfpenny dated 1793. I am not sure how the coin arrived in Australia, however I suspect it was brought out by my Great Great Grandfather in the 1840's. My G G Grandfather was Samuel Walker who hailed from Ilkeston, Derby.
On one side of the coin, in the foreground, there is a pole with wings on the top. Winding around the pole are two snakes. I am not sure what the background is but it looks like a bundle of carpet or cloth tightly bound along its length and breadth and this is lying across a rectangular box. The other side has what looks like two hands shaking with a branch in the background. The inscription around the edge is " ARTE FAVENTE NIL DESPERANDOM". The rim of the coin is inscribed "Payable at Leek Staffordshire". I would appreciate any information you may have or a contact who may be able to help.
Regards and Thank You
Windsor Downs NSW Australia
Date: Thur, 10th August 2006
Subject: Grandfathers Ancestors
I wonder if your paper or readers can help me, my Grandfather was born in Bradnop and Cawdry and the Street Address was Dirty Gutter, Lady ? Meadows,
My Grandfathers name was William Brooks and his Fathers name was Thomas Brooks and his wife was Mary Brooks they were also born at Bradnop and Cawdry Thomas in 1851 and Mary 1852, Thomas,s father was John Brooks and his wife Hannah Brooks and they were all farmers in the District both John and Hannah were born at Ipstones John in 1823 and Hannah in 1834. I believe that my grandads eldest brother went on to inherit the family farm which was about 55 Acres. Many thanks for your time and if there is anybody who can help me I can be contacted by writing to Fredrick Brooks 21 Regent Close,Berwick 3806,Victoria Australia or the E-Mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Sat, 29th July 2006
Subject: Tracing Fredrick Arthur Salt
My name is Vicky, I was wondering if you could
help me in any way, I'm trying to trace a relative
of mine. FREDRICK ARTHUR SALT, born in Biddulph in
1925 he is married to a lady named Annie and I
believe he may live around the Staffordshire
Moorlands or surrounding area if you can help me in
any way I would be extremely grateful. Thank you
for taking the time to read this.
Date: Mon, 17 July 2006
Subject: Eva Hinckley & Leek Polish
I would be delighted to hear from anyone who
remembers my mother and can perhaps help fill in
some details about her early life.
My mother was Eva Hinckley. During 1948-49 Eva
worked at Brough, Nicholson and Hall. She was a
general clerk in the Personnel department working
for the Personnel Manager, a Mr. Sherwood. Eva
would have been in her early 20s at the time.
Eva came to BN&H after her time in the Army
(spent in London as a RADAR operator).
Before moving to Leek Eva lived in Stockton Brook,
lodging with her step sister and brother-in-law
Elsie and Paul Pepper. It was while living here she
met my father, Kazik (Ken) Baldy, a Polish
serviceman stationed locally. While in Leek Eva
lodged at 15 Hugo Street with a Mrs. Hines.
Eva and Kazik often went to the Leek Polish house.
This was a house off the Buxton Road (near a park)
rented collectively by Polish people. They had a
canteen and record player and would hold dances
In 1949 Eva left BN&H moving to Cardiff, South
Wales, where in 1950 she married my father. Eva and
Kazik had 3 sons.
Eva passed away in 2000 and while always had many
fond words to say about her early days we never had
the chance to visit the places where mum grew
Thanks & regards,
Born in Cheddleton emigrated to Aussie in
Could you tell me if there are any video's or
D.V.D's available for Leek and or Cheddleton.
Date: Fri 02 June 06
Subject: Enjoying your great website
Learning much from your site about Leek and its
beautiful environs. Hope to supplement these
cyberspace visits with a personal visit to the
Staffordshire Moorlands in the future to visit a
very dear friend.
Regularly visit the site to check your excellent
local weather information!
Thank you & best wishes from DownUnder,
Date: Sat. 13 May 2006
Subject: Leek Fire Brigade 50's/60's
Many thanks for your excellent website and
facility to keep in touch with people and events in
I am Vernon Turner and I lived in Leek from
1943-1964. Firstly in Brook Street until my Mum and
Dad were forced to move as the little houses in the
street were to be demolished and then on to
I am particularly interested if any reader may have
known my father Les Turner and his colleagues at
the old, and now defunct, Leek Fire Station. Just
like me, any readers will probably be the sons and
daughters of that firemen crew of the 50's and
Does anyone have memories of Les Turner, Harold G
Bloor, Fred Lindop, Frank Swift, their bosses, A
Sub-officer Bloor and Sub-officer Tommy Harrison?
Maybe my Uncle who was a retained fireman, Fred
Poignant memories when I visited Leek last year for
a reunion of Leek High School classmates. I went to
the old Fire Station and managed to peer through
the doors. Much was wrecked and ready for
demolition but the fireman's pole was still in
place. Many was the time when I watched my father
slide down that to attend a call.
Hoping some reader may have related
Thank you for your facility to publish this
Date: Wed. 10 May 2006
Subject: Frederick Murray Von Kalkrieth
Am looking for information on a Frederick Murray
Von Kalkrieth Browne , an Artist who lived in Leek
towards the end of his life. He died in 1933 aged
78 and is buried in the Leek cemetery.
Any help greatly appreciated
Date: Fri. 31 Mar 2006
I'm trying to find the father of a very good
friend of mine, all she knows about him is his name
and the address he lived at in 1989.
His name is Andrew John Theobold who originally
comes from the Leek area his last known address
was: 38, Cornwall Way, Ainsdale, Southport.
If anyone knows him or his whereabouts could they
please get in touch with me.
Thank your for your help.
Date: Wed. 29 Mar 2006
Subject: THE 60th ANNIVERSARY of the
My mother, Barbara Joan Bermingham, about whom I
have written in the Visitors' Book and about whom
there was a story in The Leek Post and Times, Dec.,
2005 "Bride was Left Alone as Hubby Went to War" is
a LEEK girl, born in 1923, daughter of Cyril Henry
Bermingham and Alice Yates Bermingham - born at
Wolfdale, Rushton-Spencer, nr Leek
She sailed on the SATURNIA from Southampton,
England on 24 May, 1946 to New York, US
This 24 May is the 60th Anniversary of the trip
Are there commemorations in LEEK this year?
Do you have a record of other warbrides who grew up
in and left LEEK?
The above site* -
email@example.com provides a wealth of
information about ships' passenger lists, dates,
personal stories and touching recollections- many
from English girls.
Before more time goes by and it is too late, would
you get the word out to your readers about this
important anniversary and the website? Thank you
Debbie Schenk Moshier
Hampton, CT USA 06247
*I think the site for this
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2006
Subject: Leake family
Looking to find distant relatives of the Leake
family. We have records dating back to Richard born
1711 wed Ellen Jackson in 1733 and moved from
Ashley to Norton. He was a yeoman farmer. The
family goes back to 1332 but have not got that far
yet. Also Arthur Brocklehurst married Hannah Leake
in1924 and they emigrated to America, we think they
went to Ohio. They had two daughters Barbara Jane
and Iris. Would love to hear from anyone who think
they maybe connected.
Wed, March 15, 2006
Subject: Re HOLTHAM & HAWLEY Families
As Jonathan Hulme stated I have done extensive
research on my Leek ancestry. I am now keen to make
contact with more of my relations still residing in
the Leek area. These are some of the families I am
connected with: Holtham, Hawley, Gibson, Birch,
Lees, Lovatt, Plant, Bonsall, Fallows, Towers,
Buxton, Heath, Bould, Aggas, Lowther, Leek,
Wilkinson, Mayers, Fleming and Fernyhough . Please
feel free to contact me via email
An extensive family tree can be found on
Rootsweb.com. I am keen to make contact for two
reasons. The first is to invite family members to
join our Holtham/Houltham Family Website and I will
also be visiting Leek later in the year.
Subject: Hulme great-great-grandfather from
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2006
My great-great grandfather James Hulme married
my great-great grandmother Mary Holtham (b. 1812),
daughter of Joseph Holtham and Catherine Gibson, on
12 Apr 1837 in the Leek parish church. They were
silkweavers and moved to Macclesfield where my
great-grandfather Thomas Joseph Hulme was born in
James subsequently died and Mary married again, in
1847. The Holtham family is well documented by
Garth Houltham who lives in New Zealand. However I
know nothing more about James Hulme.
Hulme is such a common name in the Leek area, but I
wonder if any local Hulmes have come across this
James Hulme, born I imagine also around 1812. I
would be most grateful for any information.
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2006
My name is Ron Jones, I am retired now, but used
to work for H. D. WEBB, paper merchants of
Leicester. I collected tubes once a week from
BUXTONS, who were situated on Buxton Road as you
enter Leek. I would very much appreciate if you
could find the whereabouts of the friends of mine
who worked there, so that I could get in touch with
My e-mail address is:-
And my address is
22 ASPLIN ROAD
If it will help, the boss of Buxtons was named
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2006
Subject: Leek-Holme Mylme
I would like to visit the place of origin of my
English ancestors. They are from Leek and more
particularly of an area known as "Holme Mylme".
This information goes back to their time, the
1600s. Could you please tell me if there was such a
place and what is the present name.
Thank you very much, Claude Montpetit
Date: 29 Jan 2006
Subject: CORDEN Brenda-( nee BRADSHAW OR WRIGHT
Phyllis Nairn from New Zealand is trying to find
this wonderful lady. Born in the UK,but when she
knew her she lived in New Zealand until about
1973-74 with a man by the name of Jonas Horeau, but
then moved back to UK and later married a BRIAN
CORDEN, in England she believes. She could be
living in the Leek area somewhere. If anyone can
help in any way she would be extremely
Thanking you for this opportunity of perhaps
finding Brenda again. (FINGERS CROSSED)
Date: 27 Jan 2006
I remember Leek with great affection. My
grandparents lived there and that's where my Mum
was born. As a child I used to enjoy staying with
Nana and Grandad at their house in Burton Street.
It was quite close to the top of that long hill and
grandad had the house built for him and my Nana.
It's 129 Burton Street and had a beautiful garden.
My grandad was a cobbler and had a little shop not
far from his home. I don't remember the name of the
street but to get there we walked past a nearby,
When we weren't playing in the garden we were
allowed to go along to the 'rec' to play on the
swings and so on.
My aunty lived in Queen Street and I used to walk
from Burton Street to Queen Street to see her and
my cousins. I remember the swimming baths - the
brine baths as we knew them. What a pity they
One of my favourite things was eating Oatcakes -
Nana did them for us with melted cheese and bacon
I also remember the railway station and steam
trains. We could hear the trains coming through a
tunnel near to the garden and then would see the
steam from the train as it emerged from the
I had some wonderful times in Leek over the years.
I'm 50 years old now and haven't been to Leek for a
long time as none of the family live there now.
Nana, Grandad, Aunty Doris and Uncle Ron are all in
the cemetery not far from Burton Street.
I'm sure it still has much charm and I will visit
again before too long.
Date: 22 January 2006
Subject: Forty Years On
Hello to anyone who might be able to help
"40 Years On," was the title of our old school
song, and 40 years ago 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.
Date: 16 January 2006
Subject: Barbara Joan Bermingham (Schenk)
Greetings to Leek, England. My mother, Barbara
Joan Bermingham,was born in 1923, to Cyril Henry
Bermingham and Alice Yates (sister of Dorothy,
Gladys, Joan, and George of Old Hill,
Rushton-Spencer, nr. Macclesfield in Leek. She was
close to her cousin, Christine Snow Chester, and
her family at Wolfdale,lifelong friend to Joyce
Govier, Mary Redfern, and Eileen Frances Mary
Sexton until their deaths.
My father was an Army man from Massachusetts
camped in 1944 at Blackshaw Moor in Leek where he
met my mother. I know they both consider those
times to be the best years of their lives. Sadly,
my dad died from cancer in 2001. Since I only
recently obtained use of a computer and the
internet, and time marches on, I feel a nearly
inexplicable need to collect information before it
is gone FOREVER.
We know a bit of the tragic tale of Miss Redfern,
an only child my mother adored. Has she any
survivors ? My mother still treasures a little
autograph book with a sweet, uplifting verse by
Mary. Joyce Govier was a lovely lady (on Hillswood
Drive, I believe),. We could never find her
obituary. An obituary we would LOVE to have is that
of Ms Sexton who taught and spent her life in Leek.
She eventually lived with her brother as they grew
old, then I believe he died suddenly on the step of
a Leek shop. Shortly after, Eileen moved to Scholar
Green to some sort of assisted living situation.
She and my mother corresponded for well over 50
years, at least once a month.
Now nearly all is lost, except lovely cousins,
Martin and Hazel Chester of WOLFDALE (where
actually, my mother was born). My mother made it
through the London Blitz where she was a nurse, my
father survived the D-Day invasion of Omaha Beach ,
and they moved to Springfield, Massachusetts,
around New England, had 4 children and lost one
4-month old baby. Some communication through THE
LEEK POST AND TIMES gleaned us several lovely
letters to me from a delightful Mr D Birks, to my
mother, a charming memory from Vivienne Baird,
through the kindness of her Leek sister.
MY MOTHER WISHES SOMETIMES (except for her 4
children) that she had NEVER left. Her HEART is in
England and will be always. If you could let me
know of ANY information, stories, anecdotes,
history, memories, I should be EVER SO grateful on
me mum's behalf. If you know anything about anyone
mentioned, or the times, it would be amazingly
great to hear from you. Time is of the essence.
Join us in praying for my mother's cousin,
Christine Snow Chester.
New Year blessings of HEALTH, happiness, peace,
and good to you and those you love.
Debbie(Schenk) Moshier, 49 Old King's Highway,
Hampton, CT 06247
Barbara (Joan Bermingham) Schenk, 46 old King's
Highway, CT 06247
I shall be VERY happy to refund postage. THANK
YOU VERY MUCH
Date: Sat, 7 Jan 2006
Subject: Search for a friend
My partner is trying to contact a school friend
from the 60's by the name of Susan Corbet, formally
of Windsor Drive, Leek. She emigrated to South
Africa with her family when Wm.Tatton the textile
company from Leek opened a factory there.
If anyone has any details about the family some of
whom she believes are back in England she would
love to hear from you.
Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2006
My name is Pauline Dixon. I was born in Leek,
and lived there in the 1940's and 1950's. My name
then was Pauline Clowes - Pauline Alice Mary Clowes
to be exact! In 1957 I left Leek with my parents,
Joe and Ethel Clowes, and my two younger brothers
Thomas Hartley and Alan Spencer Clowes. We moved to
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA, where my father
went to work as an electrical engineer for R.J.
Reynolds Tobacco Company. My time growing up in
Leek was wonderful. I attended Westwood Road County
Primary School on Westwood Road, and then Westwood
Hall Girl's High School. In the years since, I've
many times appreciated the great education I
received at Westwood Hall - and we had lot's of fun
too! As a child I remember playing in the water
fall of the River Churnet, picnics, birthday
parties, climbing the Roaches, and later dances at
the Town Hall. If any of my old friends read this,
let me hear from you, one and all!
Many thanks to Leekonline for providing this
opportunity for former Leekensians to
Subject: Hotels in 1800's
Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2006
I am delving into my history and I have been
informed that my Great Great Grandfather owned some
hotels in Leek, I am trying to locate some
information, name of these, etc and wonder if
anyone can help. We have not been told of his first
name, he is a Mr Jones and owned the hotels around
the late 1800's possibly from 1870, it would be
much appreciated if anyone could help or point me
in the right direction.