Leek is a delightful market town, lying at the meeting point of several ancient routes in the middle of the Staffordshire Moorlands. It’s streets are full of history and it can trace its origins back to a Bronze age settlement.
For this street drawing I’m not looking so far back, just a hundred and sixty or so years ago. York Street, together with Market Street, Silk Street and Deansgate, were all laid out in 1855, possibly to provide accommodation for workers in Leek’s growing silk industry.
I would love to know more about who lived here when the terrace was first built, what the occupants did, their families and so on.
This blog aims to record local history associated with the places I draw. Please get in touch if you can shed any light on their history, I would love to hear from you!
The drawing of the entire street is now available to buy as a fine art limited edition print, unframed for £75. The print run of the York Street drawing is small, only 30 prints in total, at 60cm long. If you would like to see the street drawing and live in or near Leek, Sherratt and Reece, the framers above Odeon Antiques on St Edward Street stock and frame these prints.
If you would like to order a print from me directly, please get in touch with the form at the end of this post.
To see this and another drawing of Leek, please visit Drawing the Street
Thanks for reading.