1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland
"LEESFIELD, a village and ecclesiastical district in the parish of Ashton-under-Lyne, county Lancaster, 2 miles from Ashton-under-Lyne, and 6 E. of Manchester. It is a modern place, situated near the river Tame and the Huddersfield canal. Many of the inhabitants are employed in the cotton-mills. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Manchester, value £140, in the patronage of the crown and bishop. The church is a modern edifice."