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East Leake

"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]


Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2278
1871 R.G. 10 / 3259
1891 R.G. 12 / 2518
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Church History

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Church Records

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Civil Registration

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Description and Travel.

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:

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Military History

Jonathan BILLINGER has a photograph of the War Memorial across from the church, on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2008.

Andrew JAMIESON has another view of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2009.

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Military Records

For another photograph of the East Leake War Memorial and the list of names on it, see the War Memorial page.

There is a plaque inside the church listing those who fell in WWI. See the Southwell Church History page.

There are four Commonwealth War Graves in St. Mary's Churchyard:

World War I:

  1. Arthur DRING, priv., 10th Btn. Northumberland Fusiliers, age 21, died 14 Mar. 1916. Son of Fredrick and Eliza Ann DRING.
  2. Thomas Aubrey GOODMAN, priv., 8th Btn. North Staff. Regt., age 26, died 10 July 1918. Son of William Powell GOODMAN and Myra Jane GOODMAN.
  3. Guy Luntley TUTIN, lieut., 3rd Btn. Sherwood Foresters, age 24, died 27 Jan 1919. Son of George and Elizabeth TUTIN.

World War II:

  1. Leslie James TRAVIS, sergt., 1 Sqdn. RAF Volun. Rsrv., age 28, died 22 Nov. 1941. Son of James TRAVIS, and of Nellie TRAVIS.
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Politics and Governance

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

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    Year  Inhabitants
1801 608
1821 783
1851 1,148
1871 1,031
1881 943
1891 819
1901 876
1911 973
1921 1,023
1931 1,162
1951 2,117
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