"Leake (East), 10 miles south by west of Nottingham, is a large and well built village, on the south bank of a small rivulet, that flows westward through the Wolds to the Soar, near Kingston. Its parish contains 2,530 acres of land, and 1,149 inhabitants, many of whom are framework knitters. At the enclosure in 1798, 466 acres were allotted in lieu of tithes. The rest belongs to several proprietors, of whom Messrs Burrows, T.D. Hall Esq., Mrs Anthony, Wm. Woodroffe, the Rev. S.V. Dashwood, and the heirs of Lord Rancliffe, are the principal owners. The latter is also lord of the manor. The church, dedicated to St Mary, is a venerable looking edifice, with a low tower, surmounted by a fine lofty spire. The rectory is united with West Leake, and valued in the King's books at £25 4s 7d, now £719. The Rev. John Bateman is the incumbent, and patron of the living, he having purchased the right of patronage from the Marquis of Hastings in 1830. The chancel has been repaired, and the church repewed. The Baptists have a large, handsome chapel, erected in 1763, and enlarged in 1839. The Wesleyan chapel was built in 1798, and enlarged in 1827. A small infant school was erected in 1850 at a cost of £200. A hiring for servants is held on Candlemas Day, and the first and last Fridays in November." [White's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]
The parish was in the Leake sub-district of the Loughborough Registration District.
In the "Surveyors Accounts for Highways and Roads," from 1770-1798 there is included a list of the names of all the village men between the ages of 18 to 80 showing the rental value of their property, if they employed any labourers and if they had any ploughing teams. They could be called on at any time to keep the local roads repaired. It was possible to pay someone else to do your turn, if you could.
The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
This parish and village are in south-west Nottinghamshire and lie about 120 miles north of London, 5 miles north of Loughborough (in Leicestershire) and 9 miles due south of Nottingham. The parish covers 2,540 acres.
The village sits along a small stream that flows into the Soar River. If you are planning a visit:
By automobile, take the A60 arterial road north out of Loughborough toward Nottingham. At Costock, turn left (west) for East Leake.
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