Leek Through the Ages

Leek Through the Ages

Newcastle-under-Lyme Through Time

Newcastle-under-Lyme Through Time

Leek Through Time

Series: Through Time

Publication Date15th November 2012

Book FormatPaperback

pages96

Illustrations182

Height234

Width165

This fascinating selection of photographs traces some of the many ways in which Leek has changed and developed over the last century.
£15.99
Availability: In stock
ISBN
9781445608396

Leek is the principal town of the Staffordshire Moorlands and the most important centre on the south western edge of the Peak District. It stands on a hill in a large bend in the River Churnet and is locally known as 'The Queen of the Moorlands'. The town was mentioned in the Domesday Book as 'Lec' but there was certainly a settlement here well before that because the churchyard contains two crosses - one is in Mercian style but is damaged and can be dated to the 10th century while the other is a magnificent 11th century Norse style cross. In the late 18th and 19th centuries the town changed from a sleepy market town to a centre of silk weaving and several large mills were constructed, one of which can be seen looming above the road to Macclesfield. Leek boomed and the population multiplied during this time but nothing now remains of the silk industry in Leek. The town still has a lively shopping centre and a market every Wednesday and is a good centre from which to explore the south and west of the Peak.

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