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About Leek

Leek, Staffordshire


Leek is a market town in the county of StaffordshireEngland, on theRiver Churnet. It is situated about 10 miles (15 km) north east 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. On the top is the Staffordshire Knot, either side is the Leek "Double Sunset" and below a gold garb. The crest is a mural crown with three Mulberry leaves on a Mount of Heather on top of which a Moorcock is resting his claw on a small-weave Shuttle. The motto 'ARTE FAVENTE NIL DESPERANDUM' translates to: Our skill assisting us, we have no cause for despair.

 

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Leek town centre



 

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The town had a regular cattle market for hundreds of years, reflecting its role as a centre of local farming. Following the industrial revolution it was a major producer of textiles, with silk working in particular coming to dominate the industrial landscape. However, this industry has now ceased.

The mills from the town's textile era remain and many have now been converted into houses. The town's markets continue to steadily decline, but remain in operation.

Britannia, the former Building Society, has its headquarters based in the town and was a large local employer.

Alton Towers is situated in the Staffordshire Moorlands district and therefore employs a large number of people from Leek and the surrounding area.






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The River Churnet                                                        Leek town centre








               

Leek Market Place                                                                     Architecture in Leek

 

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Leek with The Roaches behind
 

 

 

 

Nearby Rudyard Lake is a popular tourist attraction and home to the Rudyard Lake Steam Railway, running along its eastern shores. Other nearby local attractions are the local football club Leek Town F.C.Alton Towers, the cultural and leisure facilities of the city of Stoke-on-Trent, and the Peak District National Park.

Leek's "Double Sunset" on and around the summer solstice also attracts many tourists. This event, first recorded by Robert Plot, occurs when the sun sets behind The Cloud, subsequently partially reappearing in the hollow of the hill's steep northern side, before setting again. Plot's detailed account can be found in his book The Natural History of Staffordshire. Traditionally, the best location for seeing the double sunset was in the grounds of the parish church, but it is no longer visible from there. Currently, the best location to witness the spectacle is from the private road to Pickwood Hall, off Milltown Way. The phenomenon and its possible observation points are described in detail in Jeff Kent's book, The Mysterious Double Sunset.

In May of every year, Leek Arts Festival takes place, celebrating the cultural heritage of the town. According to the festival's website, it began as a weekly event but soon expanded to last a whole month.

The surrounding countryside of the Staffordshire Moorlands and the Peak District makes the area a popular tourist destination. Just outside the town is Blackbrook Zoological Park, which is renowned for its large collection of birds. Also nearby is Coombes Valley RSPB reserve, an RSPB reserve since 1963, with walks and trails through a wooded valley.

Leek came second in the Telegraph's "High Street of the year 2013" losing out to Deal in Kent

 





 Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leek,_Staffordshire


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