The parish included a Wesleyan Methodist chapel built in the Fens and another at Fellands, erected in 1815. The Primitive Methodists had a chapel here, too. The United Methodists built their chapel in 1868 at Seadykes. Check our Non-Conformist Church Records page for additional resources.
Leake is a village and a parish 115 miles north of London, 8 miles north-east of Boston and about 3 miles due east of Sibsey in the Fen region. Technically, the parish is known as "Old Leake". There is a hamlet called "New Leake" in Eastville parish, further north. In 1872, the parish included 7,193 acres of land. It now covers about 9,400 acres.
In addition to the village of Old Leake, there is "Leake Commonside" just to the north of Old Leake. Leake Commonside was a separate parish for a while. If you are planning a visit:
Take the A52 north out of Boston. The parish is just past Leverton.
The name Leake is either from the Latin Lacus, for "watery, marshy place". Or it may be from Old Scandinavian Laekr, for "(place at) the brook". In the 1086 Domesday Book, the village is given as Leche. [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991].
Bruce Campbell advises that the locals pronounce the name as "La..ake".