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Subject: WW II

Date: 24th December 2012

As is my custom, I wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to the good people of Leek. I spent a short time,while I was in the 87Th Infantry Division of the American 3rd Army, enjoying your hospitality in the autumn of 1944.My stay had no elements of adventure or Hollywood romances, but there was such a great warm acceptance by the townspeople that I found memorable to this day.


Tony Oropollo, M.D.,FACA

Subject: Phil Porter

Date: 6th December 2012

I'd like to add my two cents' worth to the message left by David Philips yesterday. Philip Porter (and his sister Jill) lived at either #63 or #67 St Edward St, certainly before 1956 until the early 60s. I moved to Leek in 1956 and we lived at #65 - Jackson Photographers. Through my blog I have been contacted with the Sharratts who lived at the Quiet Woman. Would be nice to be able to trace Philip Porter.
Mike Jackson

Subject: Phil Porter

Date: 5th December 2012

Phil lived at the bottom of St Edward street in the late 50s at his fathers tailors shop has any one any idea of his whereabouts his friends from that time are trying to trace him.

Subject: Chinese Restaurant

Date: 12th November 2012

Thanks to Allan, Cathryn and Geoff for taking the time to answer my question. I have now found out that the restaurant was called KAN WAH and the owners name was WONG..If I have any questions in the future, I now know where to come.

Thanks a lot..

Subject: Meaning of the name Leek

Date: 12th November 2012

Regarding Sue asking what leek means. Leek (or as it was called lek) comes from the dutch word lek or leek meaning watercourse or lake.

Subject: Chinese Restaurant

Date: 9th November 2012

The Proprieter was a M. Wong.

Subject: Chinese Restaurant

Date: 5th November 2012

Re visitors book request for the name of the Chinese restaurant in the Market Place during the 60's and 70's. I am pretty sure it was called "KAN WAH", although I don't know the owners name.

Subject: help..can't remember...

Date: 3rd November 2012

Help, can't remember the name of the Chinese Restaraunt at the top of the Market Place during the 1960's and 1970's, also does anyone remember the name of the owners.

Subject: Leek

Date: 30th October 2012

Why is Leek so called? What is the origin and reasoning behind its name?

Many thanks


Subject: Napoleonic PoWs

Date: 26th October 2012

Leek was a parole town during the Napoleonic Wars and I am told that quite a lot is known and has been written about them.
Can anyone tell me more or point me to publications please?  I am doing some research for a French publication .

I look forward in hope!

Roger Ford

Subject: Brittains Paper Mill, Cheddleton

Date: 22nd October 2012

I used to work in Brittains Paper Mill, Cheddleton in the early seventies, anybody who remembers me please get in touch. I will be back in Cheddleton this December time. I live on a narrow boat now and will be glad to be back home were I was brought up, thanks Leekonline!

Cynthia Dunkley

Subject: Leek Roundabout

Date: 3rd October 2012

I left Leek in 1957, I lived in Wales and now in Auckland New Zealand, I have kept in touch with Leek and still think of it as home.
I think removing the roundabout is awful, it was lovely, I'm so sad it has gone, you have done the wrong thing, I was home last year, so I saw it for the last time.
Edith King, maiden name Gee.

Subject: I would like to find you !

Date: 1st October 2012

My name is Susan Wright, I went to Milner High school in 1966, I would love to hear from anybody who can remember me, I used to live in Ashbourne road, then Hencroft, and I now live in France, I have been here for the last 37 years, red hair green eyes.

Susan Wright

Subject: The Destruction Of Leek Town Centre

Date: 29th September 2012

Hi my name is John Hirst. I was born July 31st 1973 in what I always knew as the Cottage Hospital in Stockwell Street. I have not lived in Leek for just over 8 years. When I saw the what the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and their co-conspirators Sainsburys have done to the beautiful roundabout I was shocked and sickened. I grew up in Leek and now thanks to greed of the above mentioned the town centre as been destroyed. And I'm sad to say Sainsburys will kill even more trade. I Love Leek and I'm very proud to have been born in Leek.I pray that Leek can go from strength to strength.

John Hirst

Subject: Textile Union

Date: 15th September 2012

Does anyone have any memories of the Textile Union in Leek which was based at the Foxlowe. I would like to hear anything about how you paid union subs, where you collected payouts, who negotiated with employers and anything else at all.
Many thanks
Cathryn Walton

Subject: My mother's history

Date: 9th September 2012

My mother was born on High street Biddulph in 1919. I was trying to find out which schools she attended in 1928 onwards. She moved to south Yorkshire in 1938 so I don't know a lot about her past. If anyone can help I would very grateful, her name was Laura Bradbury she had a sister called Doreen, her mother's name was Edith May Bradbury and her father was called Dick.I also knew that her grandmother was called Matilda Dudley.


Subject: Biddulph Family

Date: 29th August 2012

Hello, I am researching my mother's family. She was born in Leek in 1930, Joan Biddulph. Parents Eliza Jane Biddulph (nee Cliffe) and Arthur Biddulph. My mother had 3 brothers: Joseph born 1923, Arthur born 1913 and Elijah born 1916. Joseph's children are Stuart and Norman. Elijah's children are Peter and Ann, Arthur's children are Philip and Neil. My mother emigrated to Canada with my father Dennis Eyre around 1954.

Thank you Denise

Subject: Lost touch with cousins

Date: 27th August 2012

Thank you Leekonline for putting in my two requests for information on the Turner family.
I had a response from these, which put me on the right track, and I was able to find a daughter of Muriel.
Thank you so much John.

Subject: Police Cheddleton circa 1911-1920

Date: 25th August 2012

I am currently researching my family history and trying to get any old photographs or further information on my great grandfather, Samual Albert Arthur REECE who was the village policeman in Cheddleton from about 1911 to his retirement in 1920.I know he lived in the old police station but on his retirement he resided at "Hall House" Cheddleton till his death in 1940.
Any help with old photographs or further details greatly received.


Subject: Day's Radios 57 St Edward Street

Date: 24th August 2012

I am trying to trace my Fathers family. His Uncle Walter used to own "Day's Radios" at 57 St Edward Street in the 1940s. Walter had several siblings (the family came from London) one of whom was my Grandfather who went to what was then Southern Rhodesia in the 1920s and was never heard of since. But another brother had the unusual name of Augustus Scipio. I have found a marriage record for an Augustus S. Day to an Ada Mitchell in 1935 in Leek. Does anyone know anything of Walter or Augustus?

Many thanks, Irene Kirk

Subject: Webcams

Date: 20 August 2012

I was born in Leek in 1934 and it's very nice to have the webcams so that I can see what's going on in the old town. However it would be nicer if webcam number one could be turned a little so that I could see further up Derby Street and check on the alterations being made there. would this be possible?
Great site and I enjoy Your Leek Paper online every week.
All the best from Canada, Noel.

Leekonline commented:-

Thank you for your kind comments, while the works are going on we have cameras 1 and 2 pointed at the activity so that people watching the webcams can see the progress. Once the works are finished we shall endeavour to move the camera angles so that one shows the Monument and the other points up Derby Street.

Subject: Leek Roundabout

Date: 16 August 2012

I was always happy to vist the Leek Website and see a picture of the roundabout. Now I am extremely sad because I have learned that the plans to change the traffic flows through Leek to accommodate a new supermarket mean that the roundabout will go (or has gone?). Has the local council gone crazy? I live in Germany, where they have started to introduce more roundabouts because they have realised that pollution levels at traffic lights from idling engines are too high and that traffic flows better without them. Apart from ruining a lovely landmark, this plan is not likely to improve the traffic situation. Moreover, the time spent on the roadworks will cause trade in the town centre to suffer and threatens to put local shops out of business! But then again, maybe that's part of the plan too? Less competition for the new supermarket?
I am an appalled "Old Leekensian".
John Cooper,
Bremen, Germany

Subject: Leek Webcams

Date: 14 August 2012

It's lovely to see the web cam at the market is up and running. Glad that I got to see the Leek roundabout for the last time last November. It was lovely to see my home town again after 26 years.
Helen (Bourne)
Adelaide, South Australia

Subject: Ancestry

Date: 31 July 2012

My great-great-great grandfather, David Leek came from Wales. He emigrated to the United States sometime in the early 1800s.
I am looking for information of his lineage, if records of such exist.

Awaiting your reply, patiently yours;

Ken Engdahl
San Jose, California, USA

Subject: Basford Hall

Date: 15 July 2012

Can any one help me please, I am looking for a John Baxter who lived in Leek in the mid 1950s and went to Basford Hall boys school.

Subject: Thank You..

Date: 14 July 2012

Just a quick email to say thank you for putting up three web cams. It is great work you are doing for Leek!

Best Regards


Subject: Peak Weavers and more...

Date: 14 July 2012

Spent one night at Peak Weaver's B&B last weekend (7th July '12) Wonderful place to stay. Loved Leek - lovely homely town with lovely people... especially one - M.D. Wish I could come back.

Subject: Lost Touch

Date: 10 July 2012

Lost touch with cousin Muriel Turner and her brother just after WW11.They lived at The Avenue,Cheddleton with Mother Edna.
Would like to make contact again, should they still be with us. If you know anything would you please be kind and contact me.


Subject: Ref the 1990s

Date: 11 June 2012

Hi everyone,
I uses to know a lot of people that used to go to the fitness factory(Linda,Barbra ).Hope your all ok, would love to hear from you.x

Brian Gibson

Subject: Leek Embroidery Society

Date: 29 May 2012

Was your ancestor a member of Leek Embroidery Society or do you know of anyone who was? These women produced exquisite silk embroidery. I'm writing a book about them which will be published next year in conjuction with an exhibition in the Nicholson Institute. I've managed to track down several firescreens and other Leek embroidery. Do you have a silk embroidery or know where one is? I'd love to hear from you.

Cathryn Walton

Subject: Lost Friends

Date: 16 May 2012

Just to let you know, I have now found the other sister that I was looking for on the 15th March. My sister's friend uses Leekonline and passed on the message to her yesterday (15th May 2012)
I heard from her daughter Daniella and was given the phone number of another sister who I will be seeing shortly. If it wasn't for people like yourselves to take the time to build up this website people would be lost and so would the history of leek and peoples' family trees. I do hope other people have as much success as I have, I can't thank you enough,

Diane Trott

Dear Diane,

We are so pleased that Leekonline has once again, brought a lost family together, thank you for going to the trouble to email us as we love to hear positive feedback.

Best wishes to you and your new found family,

Tony and Jo

Subject: Antique Plate

Date: 8 May 2012

I have a beautiful plate showing a drawing of "The Parish Church of St. Edward the Confessor. Leek" words written at the bottom of it. On the back of the plate says; 'Mercian China Co.Ltd. Burton Upon Trent England. Also has the following; "Decicated to St. Edward the Confessor,Leek Parish Church is a Norman foundation and has 9th C. crosses in it's churchyard."
Can anyone tell me if this is part of a set of plates? Maybe they were sold as part of a commemorative event or something.
I would be very interested to learn it's history.

Thank you.


Subject: BOTT family, Leek, Thorncliffe and Alstonefield

Date: 9 May 2012

Please could anyone help me with the history of the BOTT family of Leek, Thorncliffe and Alstonefield c1800, especially Sarah Bott who may have married copper miner Samuel Harrison?
Thank you

Subject: Edge Family History

Date: 9 May 2012

I am researching the family of Richard Edge baptised 1925 St.Edward Church. Leek. He was the son of Richard Edge & Hannah Boyer of Bradshaw Farm Longsden Nr. Leek. He was a Cheesemongers Manager at 1, New Street, Burslem in 1881, having previously managed a Grocers Shop in Market Place Leek. Where is he after 1881? His wife Jane is listed on the 1891 Census looking after her sick sister Rhoda Rogers who lived in Russell St Leek. Rhoda`s husband was a Rope Maker. There is no trace of Jane after this Census? Any help would be deeply appreciated

Subject: Trace Cousin

Date: 6 May 2012

I wonder if anyone out there knows the the Turner Family who lived at The Avenue,Cheddleton ?
Lost touch after WWII, having moved around quite a lot. Would particularly like to have news of Muriel, understand she became a Berrisford.
Hope someone can help.


Subject: Friends

Date: 14 April 2012

My name is Susan and my maiden name was Corbett and I moved to South Africa with my family in 1970. I went to Leek High School from 1965 to 1970 and would love to get in touch with some of the people who went there.
Some of my friends were Karen Peacock, Yvonne Poyser (her family owned the barber shop, Susan Beard (who is now Daley - but we have lost touch) Joy Rowlands and John Mountford to name a few. I still have family that live in Leek and the last time I was there was over 5 years ago.

Subject: The Westmorlands

Date: 4 April 2012

I moved to Leek in the late 1970's with my family so my parents could run Yate's Wine Lodge on Market Street. We only lived there for 2 years before returning to Manchester. Finding this website has stirred up some great memories such as attending St Mary's Catholic School with my sister Kim which we loved. I'm thinking about taking a day off work to have a visit to Leek just for old times sake and wonder if the pub is still on the corner of the square on Market Street? It was a gorgeous big building and I'd love to see my old home.

Subject: Lost friends

Date: 4 April 2012

I did not think it was possible, but I know have found one of my friends. She lives over in Biddulph and has done for about 20yrs. I put in her sons name on facebook and came across her, I told her to go on to "leekonline" were she can see I have been looking for her. I know her health has not been to good and has not been for many yrs. So I would like to thank you for your cooperation and I hope other people have similar results in there research.
M any thanks,

Diane Trott

Subject: Bikers

Date: 5th April 2012

Hi everybody,
Does anybody remember Shelias cafe? I used to go there, people I remember were big Lil, big Al, John Stevenson, Alan Woodcock, John Shiply, hmm Pete Howe, about 1969 to 1975 just want to know what became of all the bikers who went there, there were loads this is just a few lost site of Shelia Jackson I used to call her my big sis all the old songs on that jukebox I ofton think about those times thanks


Subject: Lost friends

Date: 20 March 2012

I wrote on the 15 march about two friends who I haven't seen in many years. I have a bit more information about the family. They have an older sister too name Christine Brough and an older brother name Christopher Potts. Christine did lived on Southbank street with her husband Michael. Christopher used to work for the council as a bin man or driver. So if anyone knows of them could you please email me.

Thanks Di.

Subject: Adams Butter Factory Leek

Date: 18 March 2012

Hi everyone, my name is Bruce Fullbrook \. I was evacuated to leek with my mother in 1942 from Tilbury. I left Leek in 1958 at thr age of 18 to migrate to Australia and have been here ever since. Although mum and dad have died since I have a brother and two sisters still living in Leek. One of my first jobs when I left school, was as an offsider on the trucks owned by Adam's Butter. They had a large truck depot and factory in what is now Sprinhill St. I have Google Earthed the area where the factory was, but it looks like it is long gone. Does anyone know what happened to Adam's Butter? Did they just go out of business or were they b ought out by some other company? I travelled all over England on their trucks. Especially the seaports picking up the raw butter from the ships from Australia and New Zealand. would love to know what happened to them and if they are still in operation somewhere else.
A great site. Many thanks,
Bruce Fullbrook

Subject: Splash Youth Club

Date: 18 March 2012

I remember going to the Splash Youth Club on Fountain St in the 1970s does anybody else?

Thanks for a great site

Subject: Wetley Rocks

Date: 17 March 2012

I am trying to get information about my grand parents, they lived in the old cottages under the rocks, their names were Sara Lee and Sam Weaver my name was Cynthia Whilock now Dunkley. I moved to Cheddleton when I was four in 1958, I now live on a narrow boat in Northampton.
Many thanks

Subject: WINT & MOSS Families

Date: 15 March 2012

I am looking for any historical information on the WINT and MOSS families who would have been in Leek in the 1800s. According to the Leek Post & Times from 1945, one family (Frank WINT) lived in Abbotts road (not sure of the exact address), and another family (Frank WINT the father) in Alsop Street in Leek. If anyone has information about these families it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks -

Subject: Lost friends

Date: 15 March 2012

I have two friends who used to live in Warrington but they moved back to leek in the late 80's. I now no there's a possibility that they both might be married and I don't no their surnames. Their maiden name is Potts, Margaret and Joan I have tried Facebook but unless I know there surnames I can't see me ever finding them. There about 45 and 44 years old and I know Joan has a son name Liam and I was told Margaret has a daughter name Danielle, so I was wondering whether it be possible that anyone could help me?
Many thanks Di.

Subject: Memories of Leek

Date: 12 March 2012

I am currently writing a biographical book which includes my memories of Leek. My wife and I fisrt moved to Leek in 1968, and at that time there was a furniture shop, I think it was in St Edward Street, and it was a treasure trove of new and second hand furniture. The lady who owned the shop was always dressed in long navy blue coat and matching hat. She was known Mrs ---can anyone remember her surname please?
Also,I'm seeking information about the Yates Wine Lodge (The Angle Inn) which was in the market square. Can anyone remember the layout of the premisis i.e. There was an off sale shop on the ground floor, but I'm unsure whether the bar was also on the ground floor or, was there a bar on the first floor?
Finally, can anyone recall Rushton's fish & chip shop. I seem to remember there was an eating area on the first floor. I'm unsure where the shop was situated.
Any assistance in answering these questions will be gratefully received.
Chris R. Pownall - Worksop

Subject: Bayley

Date: 4 March 2012

I am trying to trace part of my family tree. I had a great Aunt, Emma Bayley who owned a ladies outfitters in the 1950s / 1960s in Market place I think. Her father, Joseph Bayley ran the shop before her, it was a drapers according to Ancestry,com. I remember as a child visiting the shop but nothing more.

Subject: Poysers, an artist in Sheep Market

Date: 18 January 2012

The shop with the sign Poysers, is it still a barber shop, from memory they were in action in the 1950's, along with George and Eddie Lovatt opposite West Street School, a lady barber Sigley's in Derby Street, "Slasher" Deakin in St Edward Street(?) and perhaps one other in Fountain Street maybe.
I remember the shaves and singeing on market day, notably at Eddie Lovatts with those long "spills" (candles)


Subject: Barlow and Pickford family

Date: 10 January 2012

Hi there, can anyone help me please? I'm trying trace my partner's family all I know is that his grandad Fred Barlow married Mary Edith Pickford in 1927. I've been told that Mary's father owned California mill which was also know as Pickford mill.
Any info would really helpful as I've seemed to have hit a brick wall.

Subject: Patricia White

Date: 5 January 2012

Hi everybody,
I hope you all are well and having nice times, I am looking for Patricia White who used to live in 98 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,
Best Regards,

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