The Old Town Hall, Leek

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Date:1860 - 1872 (c.)

Description:The building used to stand at the junction of Sheepmarket and Stanley Street (formerly Custard Street), on the site of the old Market Cross. It was built in about 1806 and used for a variety of purposes. The Leek Savings Bank operated from the upper room between 1823 and 1853, while the basement housed two cells for the temporary imprisonment of felons. The ground floor was originally open, but was later enclosed by windows and used as a newsroom. The top room was used by magistrates and as a meeting place by the Leek Improvement Commissioners, the local government of the day to discuss any local public business. Sadly in 1872 the Town Hall was condemned to be demolished by the Leek Town Lands Trustees, who considered it too small for the growing town. The building was bought by Mr J. Flower, for £85 who used most of the stone to build Portland House, (itself now demolished), formerly in Rosebank Street.


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1850s
Portrait of the  Pickford family, Leek
Portrait of the Pickford family, Leek

1870s
Portrait of Little Benny, Leek
Portrait of Little Benny, Leek

1890s
Portrait of Mr Critchlow, Leek area
Portrait of Mr Critchlow, Leek area

1910s
Derby Street, Leek
Derby Street, Leek

View of Derby Street looking east, with Mr William Henry Eaton's stationery and ...

1930s
Wardles Football Club
Wardles Football Club

On the back row are left to right: H. Notley, A. Moss (Capt.), R. Rodgers, G. Lyons, ...

1950s
Scarf boxing, Job White & Sons Ltd., Moorland Mill, Leek
Scarf boxing, Job White & Sons Ltd., Moorland Mill, Leek

These ladies are neatly packing scarves before tying the boxes with string. The ...

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Source: Leek Library

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