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West Leake

"Leake (West) is a small village and parish, one mile west of East leake, and ten miles south south west of Nottingham. It has 190 inhabitants and 1,380 acres of land, all belonging to Lord Middleton, except the rectory house, with ten acres of glebe. The church is a low, ancient edifice, dedicated to St Helen, with chancel, side aisle, and ivy mantled belfry, in which are two bells. The rectory is a pleasant mansion, occupied by the Rev. John Bateman, and stands at the west end of the church. In 1850 a school was erected for the use of the parish. The feast is held on the Sunday after Martinmas."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire." 1853]


  • The parish was in the Leake sub-district of the Loughborough Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2278
1881 R.G. 11 / 3149
1871 R.G. 10 / 3259
1891 R.G. 12 / 2518


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the West Leake area or see them printed on a map.

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Helen (Helena).
  • The church was built in the 13th century (some sources say 12th century).
  • The church was reported to be in "bad repair" in 1866.
  • The church was restored and reseated in 1878.
  • The church is on the south side of Main Street.
  • David THOMPSON has a photograph of West Leake Church in Winter on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2016
  • Stephen RUFFLES has a photograph of St .Helena's Church in Summer on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2015.
  • The church is Grade II listed with British Heritage.
  • Andy JAMIESON has a photograph of the Lych Gate on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2009.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Church Sundials on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2014.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1580 but the entries are irregular until 1613.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of West Bingham.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Leake sub-district of the Loughborough Registration District.
  • In 1935, the parish was reassigned to the Basford sub-district of the Loughborough Registration District.
  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

This parish and village are in south-west Nottinghamshire and lie about 120 miles north of London, 6 miles north of Loughborough (in Leicestershire) and 10 miles due south of Nottingham city. The parish covers 2,540 acres and includes Leake Sich about 1 mile south-east.

The village sits along a small brook that flows into the Soar River at Kingston. 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 and continue on to West Leake.

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which West Leake has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


  • Chris J. DIXON has a photograph of the Star Pub on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2005.
  • Andy JAMIESON also has a photograph of the Star Pub on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2009.

Military History

  • In 1919, the churchyard lychgate was built and dedicated as a memorial to those who died in World War I.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the War Memorial lychgate outside the church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2014.

Military Records

There is a World War I Roll of Honour brass plaque in the church. To see the list of names on it, see the Southwell Church History Project site.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottinghamshire and it became a Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Rushcliffe Wapentake in the southern division of the county.
  • The citizens of this parish have elected to forgo a formal Parish Council and have instead decided to have Parish Meetings to discuss civic and political issues.
  • District governance is provided by the Rushcliffe Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Nottingham petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Loughborough Poor Law Union in Leicestershire.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 171
1841 208
1851 190
1871 159
1881 162
1891 154
1901 112
1911 139
1921 119
1931 132
1951 116
1961 114


  • Lady Belper's School was built here in 1850.