Leek  Staffordshire


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Leek like this:

Leek, market town and par., Staffordshire, 13½ miles SE. of Macclesfield and 152 milss from London by rail - par.,33,258 ac., pop. 17,210; town, 1460ac., pop. 12,863; 2 Banks, 1 newspaper. Market-day, Wednesday. Leek is a well-built town, beautifully situated on a height overlooking the river Churnet, and possessing a number of spacious streets. ...

Its principal mfrs. are connected with the silk trade, and comprise sewing silk, buttons, twist, ribbons, handkerchiefs, &c. There are also dye-works and agricultural implement works. A branch of the Trent and Mersey Canal is connected with the town.

Leek through time

Leek is now part of Staffordshire Moorlands district. Click here for graphs and data of how Staffordshire Moorlands has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Leek itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Leek in Staffordshire Moorlands | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 26th January 2022

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