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Leek, Staffordshire

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Leek, Staffordshire

Leek is a market town in the county of Staffordshire, England, on the River Churnet. It is situated about 10 miles (15 km) NE of Stoke-on-Trent. It is an ancient borough and was granted its royal charter in 1214. It is the administrative centre for the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council. King John granted Ranulph de Blondeville, 6th Earl of Chester, the right to hold a weekly Wednesday market and an annual seven-day fair in Leek in 1207. Leek's coat of arms is made up of a Saltire Shield.
DistrictStaffordshire Moorlands
Post townLEEK
Administrative CountyStaffordshire
Traditional CountyStaffordshire
OS GridSJ9856
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionWest Midlands
Police AuthorityStaffordshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityStaffordshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityStaffordshire
Ambulance AuthorityWest Midlands
Dialling code01538
Population18,768 (2001 Census)

Other names by which Leek, Staffordshire has been known in the past


Leek, Staffordshire in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

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.

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