Visit Leek and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Leek, Staffordshire. Leek stands at the southern end of some of the most impressive scenery in the county. North of the town, the road to Buxton climbs over a stretch of wild moorland, patterned by black, drystone walls and dominated by the fortress-like hills known as The Roaches. The highest is Five Clouds, 1,500 ft high; but perhaps the best-known is the solitary, grim-looking Hen Cloud. Here occurs at midsummer a remarkable phenomenon, the so-called double sunset: the sun, having dipped behind one of the hills, re-appears and then slowly slips out of sight again.
Leek was settled before the Romans came. Roman remains have been found at Abbey Green, and at Cock Low, a mound which stood near the present Spring Gardens, was found a funeral urn believed to be pre-Saxon. In the churchyard of St Edward's, the parish church, is the shaft of a cross which may be Danish, and another which may be Anglo-Saxon.
Of the Abbey of Dieulacres, founded in 1214 by Ranulph, 7th Earl of Chester, only traces remain, but there are a number of interesting old buildings in the town. The church, with its eight-pinnacled tower, dates mainly from the 14th century although the chancel was almost wholly rebuilt about 100 years ago. Prince Charlie's House commemorates the fact that the Pretender stayed in Leek in 1745 on his way to Derby. There are a number of old inns, notably the Red Lion, dating from 1626, the 17th-century Swan, and the Bowling Green and the George which were built in the 18th century. That part of the town near the church known as Petty France is a reminder that French prisoners-of-war were brought to Leek during the Napoleonic Wars.
Leek has long been known as a silk and textile town and it was a group of women from the town who in 1885—6 spent 12 months making a copy of the famous Bayeux Tapestry. The copy was purchased in 1895 and presented to Reading Museum.
Nearby cities: Stoke-on-Trent
Nearby towns: Ashbourne, Buxton, Cheadle, Congleton, Macclesfield
Nearby villages: Allgreave, Biddulph, Bosley, Bucknall, Burslem, Butterton, Cauldon, Cheddleton, Cotton, Earl Sterndale, Ecton, Endon, Etruria, Flash, Ford Green, Froghall, Grindon, Hanley, Hollinsclough, Hulme End, Ipstones, Kingsley, Longnor, Meerbrook, Milton, Mow Cop, Oakamoor, Onecote, Rudyard, Rushton Spencer, Stoke-on-Trent, Upper Elkstone, Upper Hulme, Warslow, Waterfall, Waterhouses, Wetleyrocks, Wincle
Have you decided to visit Leek or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Leek bed and breakfast (a Leek B&B or Leek b and b)
- a Leek guesthouse
- a Leek hotel (or motel)
- a Leek self-catering establishment, or
- other Leek accommodation