Leek Through Time Neil Collingwood

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Published: November 19th 2013

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Leek Through Time  by  Neil Collingwood

Leek Through Time by Neil Collingwood
November 19th 2013 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 192 pages | ISBN: | 5.12 Mb

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. TheMoreLeek 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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