Leek, Staffordshire

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Leek
Tamworth Castle
Market Place, Leek
A map of the county of Staffordshire, with a red dot showing the position of Leek
A map of the county of Staffordshire, with a red dot showing the position of Leek
Leek
Location within Staffordshire
Population20,768 (2011 census)
OS grid referenceSJ984565
Civil parish
  • Leek
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLEEK
Postcode districtST13
Dialling code01538
PoliceStaffordshire
FireStaffordshire
AmbulanceWest Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Staffordshire
53°07′N 2°01′W / 53.11°N 2.02°W / 53.11; -2.02Coordinates: 53°07′N 2°01′W / 53.11°N 2.02°W / 53.11; -2.02

Leek is a market town and civil parish in Staffordshire, England. It is around 10 miles (16 km) north east of the city of Stoke-on-Trent. It is near to the border with Cheshire.

Leek is an ancient borough. It was granted its royal charter in the year 1214.

The town is the administrative centre of the Staffordshire Moorlands district in the north of the county.

The town is at a high altitude. Most of the town is at or above 600 feet (180 m).

For hundreds of years, Leek had a big cattle market. It was a large centre of local farming.

Leek has a lot of remaining old architecture. Many Victorian buildings still stand around the town.

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