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Date: 16th May 2013
My great grandfather Joseph Edward Heywood ARNOLD was born in Leek in 1876, the son of George ARNOLD ( a tailor ) and Eliza BEARD. I would love to hear from anyone researching or having links to these families. There is a previous posting from Donna Whitbread, with whom I appear to have gg grandparents in common but her contact details are no longer current. It would be nice to think she might see this and get in touch.
I have seen on the internet a transcript of a memorial inscription for Eliza's parents James and Mary BEARD, buried at St Edward's. Does anyone know if there is a graveyard plan that can be accessed, and if so how easy would it be to find the grave?
Thanks in anticipation of any help anyone can give me.
Subject: Old Photos
Date: 15th May 2013
I am looking for old photos of Leek especially Brook Street. My father owned a cobblers shop on the corner of Brook Street and Pickwood Road, it closed down about 1966 and was demolished. I would love to find a photo.
Subject: Freshwater swimming pool
Date: 13th May 2013
Does anyone have any photographs of Freshwater Swimming Pool, which used to be located next to the Leek- Macclesfield Road. I am looking for actual photographs, including postcards, but not illustrations from books or newspapers. I would like to include the pool in my next book Rudyard, Rushton and The Roaches Through Time. Thanks
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Date: 9th May 2013
What happened to the public path which existed at Meerbrook? It commenced along the left side of the chapel and the school and ran along the fields behind the Lazy Trout towards Roche Grange.
Another path which has disappeared was the one that went along the front of a farmworkers cottage at North Hillswood, where now stands a large detached house. This path ran along the front of the cottage and joined the old Meerbrook Road.
Does anyone know why are these paths no longer in existence?
Date: 1st May 2013
My name is Lynette and I live in Perth, Western Australia. I am looking for any information on the Ash Family.
My ggggrandmother was Phebe Ash who married Francis Follows in 1789.In 1841 Phebe was living at Tittesworth Leek with her brother Moses Ash, and Sarah Ash who was married to Solmon Ash, Phebe's brother and Moses' two children Catherine and Sara. They were living on a farm. I can't find out anything about the family until they had their children. As the farms in Leek were used for non conformist worship and a lot of the Ash Family names come from the old testament I can only assume they were baptised in these churches but can't find any record of them even being born. So if anyone out there can help it would be so appreicated.
Subject: Bunsell try Bonsall
Date: 16th April 2013
J Swartz was looking for a Doreen Bunsell from Leek, might it not be Bonsall? Cliff Bonsall played for Leek Cricket Club in the 50's. I think his son Clive (?) went to Westwood Primary School and later maybe Leek High School might produce a lead.
Thanks for that Chris., having a quick check locally I can't find any Bunsalls in Leek but there are several Bonsalls.
Subject: Record Shop
Date: 11th April 2013
The record shop I think was initially opened as a Terry Blood shop (formerly Blood Lloyd) John Isaacs ran it - John now runs a DVD rental shop in St. Edward Street.
Subject: Re: - JC Records' Smithfield Centre
Date: 10th April 2013
I remember it well and a regular trip with my pocket money to buy records on a Saturday was a must. It had a black & white floor. I knew it as John Isaacs. I did hear that John is still running a shop at the bottom of St. Edward Street but can't think what its called.
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'JC Records' Smithfield Centre
Date: 10th April 2013
As with many other posts in the Visitors Book I'm on a nostalgia trip. I'm wondering if anyone has recollection (or photos!) of a record shop called ‘JC Records'. It was based in the Smithfield Centre and its front door opened onto the zebra crossing on Ashbourne Road, directly opposite the Nicholson War Memorial.
I was about 7 years old when my family left Leek in the early 1970s but I would spend a lot of my school summer holidays in the mid to late 1970s staying with my grandparents on Rose Bank Street. My second cousin, Robert Green (who was a few years older than me), worked at ‘JC records' and I spent most of my holidays hanging around the place just enjoying the whole ‘rock-n-roll' ambience (and making the brews!).
I have subsequently gone on to play in various bands, run my own recording studio and now teach ‘all-things-music' at my local college. From small acorns etc…..
Subject: Doreen Bunsell
Date: 7th April 2013
I am assisting my WWII uncle who will be turning 90 next month. He was very close to a young women by the name of Doreen Bunsell. She and her family lived in Leek England. He has talked about her for decades and I told him I would see if I could find any connections to her today. It has warmed his spirits talking and thinking about her.
His name is Garold Leverne Swartz (GL Swartz). My name is Jerry Swartz, and any information about the family that you can share would be greatly appreciated.
Subject: Help Please
Date: 3rd April 2013
My mother and I are moving to Leek in April and I was just looking to find more information about Leek. My mum has a transfer within her company and that is the reason for the move. Im 21 years old and I am a bit apprehensive about it all.
Any information or help anyone could give me would be great.I am also looking for a job in or around the area and I have experience in retail or factory work , so please get in touch if you can help me in any way.
Subject: Coffee Pot Cafe
Date: 11th March 2013
Does anyone in Leek remember the Coffee Pot cafe in 1967 and 1968. I left Leek over 40 years ago and it would be nice to reminisce about the swinging sixties in Leek and the Coffee Pot crowd.
Date: 17th February 2013
Does anyone know of a private landlord that accepts DSS/pets I'm looking to move to the west end of Leek pref a two bed terrace with garden (long term rent)
Thanks in advance : )
Subject: Home thoughts from abroad.
Date: 12th February 2013
Dear you all,
I`m a Leek Lad born and bred and I`m chuffed to get the chance to regularly keep up to date with events in and around Leek through Leekonline this brightens my life as I am not able to get home too often !
If you want to see proof of the fact that there`s a little bit of Leek just about everywhere you could take a look at my little shop in Cologne and there you`ll see many things from Leek. www.johns-vintage.com
There`s also a short film in Youtube from Fraeulein Betty which could raise a smile or two, sadly only in the German language. I do not have any commercial gains when somebody clicks on to these sights I just want give all my greetings to everyone who still knows me.
Many Greetings to Leek.
Subject: The Nixon family of Cheddleton
Date: 12th February 2013
I am looking for Doreen (who got married) but her maiden name was Nixon, she had a sister called June, and three brothers, Lionel Barry, Douglas and Gordon. (the brothers are all deceased). Doreen married a man called Terry but I cannot remember his surname. My husband was Lionel Barry and his son is trying to compile a family tree but has very little knowledge of his father's family. June and Terry had 2 children, a boy and a girl who would now be in their 40's If anyone could help it would be marvellous.
Subject: Family descendents
Date: 5th February 2013
I am researching the following families who were ancestors of my husband Christopher White and lived in the area between Leek and Buxton. They are the Pickfords, Heathcotes, Wains, Bowyers and related families. I would love to hear from anyone connected to these families.
Subject: French Lessons
Date: 31st January 2013
Hi, looking for someone to give myself and my husband and 2 boys French lessons in preparation for our move to France in the summer. If anyone can help please email me on
firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone me on 07772078588
Subject: Ball genealogy
Date: 26th January 2013
Looking for cemetery photos on the Ball side of the family. Family story that gr.father Brunt was given a ring by the Queen, stationed in India? How can I prove.
Subject: Corrupt Councillors
Date: 25th January 2013
If you think it's just Leek where town council officials and local government are bought out and bribed by large supermarket chains....think again. The so called road improvements are just smoke screens to cloud the big picture whilst plans are pushed through to build the superstores. It's happening all over the uk....even local developers will use this ploy to gain planning permission whilst the local population debate not the need for a new superstore but radical changes to their local environment.
You got conned once again by the greed in local office and the more pressing need for them to keep their jobs.
Adam. Leek born and bred.
Subject: Worldwide recognition for the Sugdens.
Date: 18th January 2013
The appearance and character of Leek is a topical subject at the moment. Amazingly, on Wikipedia, there are no articles for two men who had a huge impact on our town: William and Larner Sugden. Anyone up to giving these men their rightful place on Wikipedia?
Subject: Milner Girls School 1967
Date: 18th January 2013
I have lost touch with Margaret Carter, I last saw her in the 1980s or early 1990s in the Cheddleton club. we were pals, does anybody know where she is? It would be nice to see her again.
Cynthia Whilock now Dunkley