Subject: Leek WWII
Date: 25 December 2010
It is December 25th here in the States, and I wish to convey my wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to the good people of Leek.As some may have gleaned from my e-mails in the past, I served with the American Forces during WWII and was stationed in Leek prior to being sent to France for combat. My stay in your village has always remained with me. An immense period of time has elapsed,but my memories of the numerous small kindnesses have not dimmed.
Pfc. 87th Inf Div.
Subject: Resident once of Leek
Date: 25 December 2010
My name is Vera Prince (nee West) I was born in Leek in 1924 and left in 1949. I now reside in Bunbury nr Perth Western Australia. Enjoyed looking at your websight christmas 2010
Date: 21 December 2010
It is so great for an old Leekensian like myself to be able to see the center of the grand old town in real time, at any time and be transported in an amazing way, almost to the point of "being there". A group of people obviously care and give their time and energy to keeping them in service (unlike many cams which are neglected and lapse into disuse), so thank all involved in providing these privileged views; they are much appreciated.
Subject: Student memories of Leek
Date: 18 December 2010
In the early 60's whilst a student at college I would return to my home in Leek for the long summer break and, fortunately, was able to get a summer job with the then, Leek Urban District Council as a labourer. A good, learning experience. I was deployed as a grasscutter (no machines, just a sickle and scythe). Assigned to the tar patching gang. The machine sprayed the tar on the road and I spread the gravel on top of the tar. Finally 'promoted' to an assignment at Leek cemetery as a grave digger. The cemetery superintendant was a Ted Machin. He took delight in showing us a body in the mortuary!
The amount of snow in the winter was enormous. No machines to clear the snow. Gangs of labourers to shovel snow onto trucks. Good sledging in Leek Park slopes.
Subject: Fred Buxton
Date: 11 December 2010
I am married to the late Fred Buxton's son Brian who, at the age of 7, was taken into a Father Hudson's childrens home. This was because Fred could no longer look after his children.
Brian has a twin brother called Michael, he also has other brothers called David, Keith and John and a sister Margaret. None of them seem to know much about their dad's family, only that he had a brother called Sid.
We would like to find out more, please contact me if you can help.
Subject: Leek Union Workhouse
Date: 10 November 2010
I found my great grandfather and his little brother in the workhouse census of 1841. Is there any way of me finding out any more about this? Is there any person or place who could help me find out what happened?
Subject: Looking For
Date: 5 November 2010
Hi, we were on holiday recently and got into converstion with a gentleman at the airport on our flight. When he realised we came from Leek he was excited as he remembered being at the Anzio camp in the 1950's when in the army.
He asked if we knew a family with the surname Gandy but he was unsure of the spelling. It appears he met a Joan Gandy whom he described as a 'really good looker' and remembers taking her to trentham gardens. He also met her parents but cannot remember where they lived in Leek.
The lady would have been around 18/19 when they met and most likely in her 70's today.
We have Derricks phone number as he would like to get in touch to reminise about those times.
If anyone knows the family please mail me.
Subject: Park Inn, Ball Haye Road
Date: 12 October 2010
I am interested in finding out about a Mrs Harriett Stubbs who ran the Park Inn in Leek in the late 1800 early 1900, I would just like to see a photograph of her if one exists.
Subject: John Wilkinson. Baker/Confectioner circa 1910
Date: 28 September 2010
I am trying to locate an address of a Bakers/Confectioners in Leek, Staffs run by my Great Grandfather John Wilkinson. Does anyone have business records?
Regards, Karen Taylor
Subject: Where did they go?
Date: 21 September 2010
My Grandfather Harry Buxton had a brother Fred Buxton who married Bertha Binns. They had four surviving children.Bertha died of septacaemia and left Fred 12 years, Sydney 8 years, Dorothy 3, and Mary 1 year old. Fred then walked out and abandoned his children. The two girls were raised by my Uncle and my Grandfather but I cant find out what happened to the boys. Does this mean anything to anyone still living in Leek that might know about this very sad tale?
Subject: Paradise Row
Date: 12 September 2010
Does anyone know where Paradise Row was in Leek in 1841?? i think it could have been off Buxton road, Leek On the 1841 Census James Priestnall with his wife Ann and their three daughters was living in this two bedroomed cottage.
Subject: Bowcock family
Date: 24 August 2010
My grandmother was Jane Buxton (nee Bowcock) and I have a
fairly long list of family names in her family line. Is anyone
else looking for the same family connections? I have a few
photographs to share.
Subject: Maria (Emma) McCaul
Date: Sat 21 August 2010
I am looking for information on Maria (Emma) McCaul and her
family. She was born around 1835 and married a Thomas Ball
18/5/1851. I am looking to find more background to the
Date: Mon 19 July 2010
I have recently found out that my great
Grandfather Arthur Thornton died in the French and
Flaunders on 19th July 1916. Royal Ordance Corps/
I don't know if he is mentioned on the monument in
Leek or not but he was living in Bradnop at the
time, I believe he was working and living at
Bradnop train station previously.
I also wondered if anyone had any pictures of
Bradnop train station or is it still standing.
Thanks Julie Thornton
Subject: Hassall family and Clive Villas 1904
Date: Tue 6 July 2010
Does anyone have any links or info to the
Hassall family who lived in Leek at from at least
1904 pls? One address is Clive Villas, another 23
B.gate Street as written on a post card.
(could that be Barngate Street?)
Subject: Leek Newspaper 1930s
Date: Sun 20 June 2010
Please could someone tell me the names of the
Leek Newspapers available in Leek in the 1930s?
Subject: Peter Hulme
Date: Mon 14 June 2010
I have been catching up with quite a number of
people who were friends at Leek Boys' High School
around 1959 - 1962. This started when some of us
set up the first of three or four very successful
reunions just a few years ago.
One of the people I would like to find is Peter
Hulme who lived in Shirley Street, I believe.
Another recent contact tells me that Peter joined
the Scottish Symphony Orchestra as a principal
Does anyone have any knowledge of him?
Also - I would love to find out if anyone has
any photographs of the old Geography Room at LHS -
later Warrington Hall - as it was around the same
period. It was well equipped according to ideas
popular in the interwar years and I would welcome
pictures as an example. As well as the fact that
some of us used to haunt it in the old Geographical
Subject: Trying to contact Carol prev. from
Date: Wed 19 May 2010
Trying to contact Carol Johnson.
George Towers great-grand daughter would
love to meet you in Leek.
Please contact Maggy or check your e-mails.
MAGGY BAUDOUX email firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: White House memories
Date: Tue 21 April 2010
DOES anyone have a picture of the White House
which once stood on Werrington Road, Withy Stakes,
The large detached residence was demolished towards
the end of the last Century to make way for a small
modern housing development.
It was in an upstairs bedroom of the White House
that I entered this world on May 21, 1949, as the
younger son of George and Nora Shenton.
I lived at the White House until about the age of
four before moving to a new council housing estate
off Washerwall Lane, Werrington. One particular
memory of the White House, which was the home of my
grandparents, Archie and Rhoda Jenkinson, is the
driveway flanked with rhododendron bushes which
were a blaze of colour in summer.
They were happy childhood days at the White House,
where sheep idly grazed on open fields at the rear.
However, I dont miss the smelly outside
lavatory - no cistern to wash away the waste in
those days! And no soft tissue toilet paper but
plain old newspaper!
GARY SHENTON email email@example.com
Your Leek Paper
Subject: Peach family
Date: Mon. 19 April 2010
My father, Ted Whittles of Leek, is trying to
trace his cousin Patricia Chadwick nee Peach. Pat
is the daughter of Walter and Mary Peach,
granddaughter of Lizzie Louise Peach and William
Henry Peach, niece of Betty Whittles ( nee Peach )
and Beatrice Peach.The Peach family kept the Duke
of York pub in Derby Street for many years. At one
stage Pat lived at the Wellington Inn, Strangman
Street in Leek. Her grandfather William was an NCO
with the Leek Volunteers. She was born in about
1933. She married a Graham Chadwick at St Edward's
church in Leek, and they both taught in the Stoke
area for a while. They are believed to have
emigrated to Rhodesia (as it then was ) and may
still be living in Zimbabwe. If anyone has any news
of her could you please contact me via e mail.
Catherine Whittles firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: The Towers family
Date: Sat. 27 Mar 2010
I am trying to trace descendants from the Towers
family. My father-in-law is Stewart Towers; He has
3 brothers: Frederick Melville, George Norton and
Graham. Stewart and Graham came to Australia after
His parents were George and Mary J Towers. Mary J
passed away in Leek in 1928 at the age of 73. no
idea what happened to George
Their children were:
Amy born in 1879 in Cheddleton
George born in 1882 in Cheadle (my
Clifford: born in 1884 in Leek went to the US in
Ethel born in Leek in 1888
Horace: born in 1889, went to the US
Bertie: married Ethel Winckle in Leek in 1914,
lived at 17 Shirley Street, Leek.
Elsie: married Harry W Salt in Leek in 1918.
Stewart would love to hear from anyone that may
have known of the family or any descendants.
Any help would be very much appreciated as I am
researching this from Australia.
Maggy Towers email@example.com
Date: Fri. 26 Mar 2010
I wonder if anybody can tell me where Little
Stones is/was in Ipstones. My great grandfather
James Johnson gives this address on the 1911
census. I know he lived at Noon Sun Common and
later I think at Intake Farm, but had not come
across this name.
Any help to locate this place/area would be most
Sue Rose nee Johnson
Subject: Davenport Family
Date: Sun. 14 Feb 2010
I am looking into my family tree and my
grandparents came from Leek the surname Davenport,
I would be grateful if anyone has any info on the
James Davenport born 1798
Sarah Davenport born 1799
William Davenport born 1828
Mary Davenport nee Flanagan born 1837
Sarah Ann Davenport nee Aston 1836
Subject: Simcock family research
Date: Sun. 14 Feb 2010
Hello, I've recently started researching into
the Simcock branch of my family and in the process
came across this website and an entry posted on
28th January 2000 by Lloyd Simcock who was also
looking for information. Unfortunately it's a while
ago and his e-mail address no longer works so I
cannot make direct contact.
Lloyd, if you - or anyone else searching for the
Simcock family - would like to contact me I'd be
very interested to share information. This link
shows our existing information.
Daphne Ellerby firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Help please
Date: Fri. 12 Feb 2010
My father was a soldier in the 2nd world war. I
would like to know in what regiment he was. He
lived in Longsdon (little Longsdon farm I think)
and after the war he lived in Leek.
He had a son named Barry who died in 1948.
I know he was in Africa and Bari (Italy) during the
My father´s name is Jim Bishop and past away
ten years ago. Who can give me some information
Jim Bishop email@example.com
Greetings from Holland
Subject: Researching Family Tree -
Brunt/Astles/Shaw of Leek
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2010
I have recently embarked upon researching my
family tree and would love to hear of anbody who
has Shaw (originated from Derby and came to Leek
with the Mills), Astles or Brunt's in their family
Very much look forward to hearing from
Subject: Thomas Wardle
Date: 12 January 2010
Hello there! I'm Charlotte, My great grandfather
is Sir Thomas Wardle, founder of the textile
industry here in Leek, I was hoping to maybe find
another of his living descendants to talk with.
My grandfather never met his father, but I'm
trying to create a family tree and would appreciate
some direction! Hope some body can help?! It would
make myself and my Grandad (Charles Conrad) very
happy to know where we are from! Thank you,
Subject: Looking for someone
Date: 26 December 2009
Sorry if my english is not very good but i'm
french and i haven't write in english for a long
time. I'm looking for morel family who used to live
in Leek during the year 1985/1986 and i'm trying to
get in contact with one of them (morel philip). I
don't no if you could tell me if they are still
living in Leek but maybe you could tell me ( i hope
it) a way to find them.
Sorry for disturbing you but you're the only way
that i found to try to find this person. Thank you
for your help.
Please reply to
the address at the top of the page and I will
Subject: Telstars or Harveys Team
Date: 4 January 2010
A MUSICIAN who has returned home from South
Africa has written a book chronicling his rock 'n'
Newcastle-born Mick Matthews, aged 62, and his band
the Hedgehoppers played a concert in South Africa
in 1969. Mick stayed there and won a Song Of The
Year award in 1972 before returning to Newcastle
His as-yet unpublished memoirs chart the adventures
of his early bands the Telstars and Harvey's Team,
before documenting the activities of the
Hedgehoppers and their demise when band members
were killed in a road accident.
If anyone was a member of the Telstars or
Harveys Team and knows about the transition
to Hedgehoppers in 1968, could you please contact