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]



  • Andy JAMIESON has a photograph of the Lych Gate on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2009.


  • 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
1871 R.G. 10 / 3259
1881 R.G. 11 / 3149
1891 R.G. 12 / 2518

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.
  • 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 & 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.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the West Leake bus shelter on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2014. I believe the only bus service is out of Loughborough.
  • Richard VINCE has a photograph of the Main Street on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2016.
You can see pictures of West Leake which are provided by:




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.



  • John BENISTON has a photograph of the New footbridge over Kingston Brook on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2016.
  • 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.
  • The Star Pub used to be known as the "Pit House" because it had a cock-fighting pit.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK526265 (Lat/Lon: 52.833461, -1.220676), West Leake which are provided by:


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.

There are the 3 names listed on the War MemoriaI in the church lychgate:

  1. Geoffrey Stuart BLAKE
  2. Marshall GILL
  3. Percival Frederick KEIGHTLEY

The Roll of Honour is inscribed:

ROLL OF HONOUR Of officers and men from WEST LEAKE who served King and Country in the GREAT WAR 1914-1919

There are the names listed on the Roll of Honour in the churcht:

  1. Name, Rank. Regiment
  2. Strutt A H, Major, 2nd Life Guards
  3. Blake Geoffrey Stuart, Lieut. +. Royal Engineers
  4. Blake R R, Lieut., Royal Field Artillery & RAF
  5. Beswick W C, Driver, Royal Field Artillery & RAF
  6. Bramley L, Pte., 1st Notts Sherwood Rangers
  7. Eaves C H, Pte., 1st Notts Sherwood Rangers
  8. Evans A R, Cadet, RAF
  9. Figgitt E J, Pte., RAMC
  10. Fioster A, Pte., 5th Leicesters
  11. Gill M, Pte. + , 17th Leicesters
  12. Hatton A J, Pte. Northumberland Fusiliers
  13. Jones B E, Pte., KOYLI
  14. Keighley P F, Pte. +, 2nd Leicesters
  15. Martin M A, Pte., 11th Leicesters
  16. Pick A, Gunner., Royal Field Artillery & RAF
  17. Skillcross W, Pte. +, 2nd Leicesters
  18. Tinkler R H, Pte., King's RR
  19. + = killed in action

"Keighley" in the table above should probably be "Keightley". I could only find Keightley listed in the census in the midlands. And there was a Percival KEIGHTLEY from Gainsborough, LIN. Also, there is no one named "Skillcross" in the Commonwealth War Grave index. "Major A. H. STRUTT" could be Algernon Henry STRUTT, but I don't know of any connection to West Leake.


Politics & 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.
  • J. THOMAS has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2014. Stop in when they are open and ask for a copy of the schedule of forth-coming events.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • 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.