Subject: Season's Greetings
Date: Wed. 24 Dec. 2008
As it is often said,"tis the season" A very Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year to the good people of Leek. I enjoyed the kindness of your village during WWII for a very short, but very memorable few months in 1944. Time has passed,and of course, much has transpired, but not all is forgotten.
Cordially, Tony Oropollo, M.D., Pfc., Co.I,3rd Battalion, 87th Infantry Division.
Subject: Fox family Leek
Date: Mon. 22 Dec. 2008
Does anyone remember William Henry Fox who was a clerk at Brough Nicholson and Hall's Mill, he married Ethel Ball at Mount Pleasant Chapel Leek in 1925, they had a son Roy and a daughter Yvonne?
Subject: History of Mills
Date: Wed. 10 Dec. 2008
Does anyone know about the history of the Mills in Leek, mainly the Alexandra Mill and Wells Street Mill. We are interested if there is any stories of hauntings and reasons why there might be hauntings in these mills?
Paul - email firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Waterfall Cottage
Date: Sun. 30 Nov. 2008
Hi I was wondering if anyone could possibly help me, perhaps the present residents of Waterfall Cottage, Basnetts Wood may know, I am looking into my family tree, we are the Simcocks my grandparents, Christopher and Selina, up until 1975/76 lived at 78 Rose Cottage, Leek Road, Stockton Brooke.
I discovered a brother of my grandfather, John William and on his military death certificate states that his father William Simcock lived at Waterfall Cottage, if any one knows of the history of this cottage I would be really grateful.
Pauline Salt (Simcock)email@example.com
Subject: Trying to trace.
Date: Fri. 19 Sept. 2008
Would it be possible to try and trace an old mate I served with in H/M Submarines in the early 1960s he was born and married in Leek and both families came from there.
His name is John Hulme cant remember the name of his wife, he had one sister (ginger hair ).
My name is Brian Lawson.
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
My postal address is
Thanking you in advance.
Subject: Allan Cooper and Graham Kidd
Date: Thurs. 18 Sept. 2008
I am visiting Leek this weekend to go back to the primary school on Westwood Road. I was there from 1950-1957 and would like to know if anyone knows what happened to Allan Cooper and Graham Kidd. Graham Kidd lived in James Street and I think that Allan Cooper went to Australia to join the police force. If you have any other information about people who went to Westwood Road School in 1950 please contact me.
My name was Anne Dale and my married name is Emery.
My e mail address is email@example.com
Subject: History of the Unicorn Hotel
Date: Mon. 15 Sept. 2008
My partner and I have recently taken over the Unicorn Hotel on St.Edward's Street. I would love to have some information about its history as it is such a lovely old building. I have Googled but with no luck!
We'd be really grateful for any info anyone might have,
Subject: NOSEY BOWCOCK
Date: Fri. 29 Aug 2008
Does anyone know anything about a gentleman
named George Bowcock, but referred to as "Nosey
Bowcock". He was a beadle, bang-beggar and pinner
in Leek. George was born abt 1802 and died in
Any information will be most appreciated.
Date: Sun, 27 July 2008
My sister Margaret and I (Sheila) lived at 45
Ashbourne Road. Our Grandad Sam Hine and Grandma
Polly (Mary) lived at 15 Hugo Street. We had
various relatives who farmed In Upper Hulme,
Bradnop and around the Roaches. We had an Uncle
Raymond (who was famous as father of 15 healthy
children) .married to Aunty Gladys. We played on
the Rec, which was off Ashbourne Road, went to
Rudyard for picnics on Sundays and once we were
blackberry picking on the Roaches when we were
chased by a Yak, which belonged to Sir Philip
Brocklehurst who had sundry wild animals roaming
his estate.The Wallabies that were living in the
area also belonged to Sir Philip. My half sister,
Betty and her husband Sam Knott had a grocers shop
at 72 Buxton Road, one day when Sam was taking the
order from his van a large monkey suddenly appeared
and scared him half to death.
I live in Bolton now and though we have some
nice scenery around here, nothing can bet Leek and
Best wishes, Sheila.
Subject: Hi, looking for some information
Date: Thur, 24 July 2008
Hi, I recently found out my great great granddad
owned the building opposite The Jesters, which is
know known as The Retreat. i don't know what the
name of the building is, or known as, but all i
know when my great great granddad owned this
property he used it to make ice cream. i am just
wondering if anyone knows anymore information my
Great great granddads last name was Podesta.
If anyone knows anymore, would you please let me
know by emailing me.
Subject: History Research
Date: Wed, 25 June 2008
Could someone local guide me to some sources of
information about Endon Mill in the Parish of
Horton that I could buy or borrow?
The only info that I have so far gleaned is that it
was built in 1805 by John Lees (Leighs), was not
working in 1910, and was demolished in 1936
What I really want to know about the mill is what
sort of mill was it? who owned/ran it in later
years (it wasn't John Leighs)? what was there
before the Mill? and are there any pictures of it
Subject: Back Street, Leek
Date: Fri, 23 May 2008
Can anybody tell be where Back Street or Back of
the Street was. I have ancestors who give these
addresses in baptism records in the 1820's. They
later moved to Clerks Bank so that is not a
Also they were (silk) dyers, they had three
children in leek in 1820's, two then in London, and
then back to leek by 1841. Does anybody know if a
Silk Dyer/manufacturer may have had Mills both in
Leek and London at this time as I cant see why they
would have gone to London and returned again if
Any help appreciated.
Sue Rose formerly from
Subject: My History of Leek
Date: Sun, 4 May 2008
I lived in leek most of my life, and didnt
like it much. As the town started to change and
become more and more modern it didn't feel like it
did when I was a small boy. But times change and
places become updated, that was until recently when
I visited Leek and started to look above the shops
and at the buildings for what they really are. What
a beautiful sight, I can't wait to visit again! If
anyone starts to feel down by the look of Leek,
just walk up Derby Street on a Sunday evening and
look up, it is truly breathtaking.
Best wishes to the people of Leek
Shaun Brown (nick name Sid)
Subject: Wm. Hill & Co.
Date: Sun, 4 May 2008
Can anyone tell me anything about my
grandfather's business? He was called Ernest Hill,
his brother Ben, and his sister May who lived at
Waterhouses, Staffs. Their father was William, the
owner and I believe founder, of a silk mill in Leek
in the mid nineteenth century. I think the business
was bought by Courtaulds in about 1958.
Subject: Local Artist - Harry Plant
Date: Sun, 27 April 2008
Having lived in the UK for my first 26 years
until I emigrated to Australia in 1968, I only
recently discovered that I have family connections
to Leek. I now know, through extensive research,
that my long lost grandfather was an accomplished
local artist born in the town in 1886.
His parents were silkworkers George and Fanny Plant
of Wellington Street, and he had three sisters,
Maude, Gertrude, and Annie. At some time in the
early 1900's he moved to Edinburgh where he married
my grandmother. But then shortly after WW1 they
separated, and he returned to Leek, where in 1931
he remarried to Millicent Allcock.They had no
Apparently, in retirement, they lived in a hill top
cottage overlooking Rudyard Lake, where Harry spent
most of his time painting landscapes, and
Harry died in 1963, and Millicent in 1975.
I would very much like to hear from anyone who can
tell me anything further about Harry's life in
Leek; and would especially be interested in any
photos of him, and his paintings.
Subject: Job White Textiles
Date: Fri, 18 April 2008
Does anybody have information on John Steven
White who worked for the above and was related to
the owners in the early 60's, we have been given
information on the business but John was a friend
of my wife and we would like to know what happened
Subject: Patricia White
Date: Thur, 17 April 2008
I hope you all are well and having nice times, I
am looking for Patricia White who used to live in
Grove Street in Leek, If anyone knows her or her
whereabouts could they please get in touch with me,
any help greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your help,
Subject: Information about Leek
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2008
I am e-mailing from a very sunny Australia
hoping to find some history of the street I was
born in as we left Leek in 1948 when I was 5, and
my memories are a little hazy. I was able to visit
for the first time as an adult in 1999, when I
found the street and the school I attended, Alsop
street was as I remembered apart from the cobbles,
the school had caught fire a while before but there
was still a photo taken of me outside.
I had few hours in what looks like a lovely
part of England, it did not help being a Sunday but
my nephew sent me a little book about Leek which
gave me lots of pictures of Leek but not the ones I
wanted. I have spent hours in the last two days
looking at all the web sites relating to Leek and
wishing I knew more about my birth town.
So please can you help with these questions?
When, and for whom were the houses in Alsop
street built? [Possibly
What was the big building I remembered at the
bottom of street? [I remember getting orange
juice bottles from there].
What was the name of my school [Compton
What factories were there which came from Coventry
in 1941/2? [My father worked in Coventry
at the start of the war, and family history says
that the factory was sent to Leek, I don't know any
I do hope you can help, if not, maybe you could
point me in the right direction.
Subject: Leek Battery
Date: Thurs, 10 Jan 2008
Back in 2001 a gentleman by the name of John
Kerr enquired about information relating to the
Leek Battery from the Great war, I have some
literature he may be interested in if he contacts