East Leake

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East Leake
St Marys East Leake.jpg
St Marys church
East Leake is located in Nottinghamshire
East Leake
East Leake
East Leake shown within Nottinghamshire
Population 6,337 (2011)
OS grid reference SK 55425 26338
Civil parish
  • East Leake
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LE12
Dialling code 01509
Police Nottinghamshire
Fire Nottinghamshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°49′53″N 1°10′38″W / 52.83139°N 1.17722°W / 52.83139; -1.17722Coordinates: 52°49′53″N 1°10′38″W / 52.83139°N 1.17722°W / 52.83139; -1.17722

East Leake (/lk/) is a large village and civil parish in the Rushcliffe district of Nottinghamshire, England, although its closest town and postal address is Loughborough across the border in Leicestershire. It has a population of around 7,000, measured in the 2011 Census as 6,337.[1] The original village was located on the Sheepwash Brook. Kingston Brook also runs through the village. Near the centre of the village is the historic St. Mary's Church,[2] which dates back to the 11th century. The church has six bells.[3]

One of the earliest mentions of East Leake is in the Domesday book recorded as 'Leche.' The name comes from the Anglo-Saxon word meaning wet land, since the village lies on the Kingston Brook, a tributary of the River Soar.

British Gypsum, a plasterboard manufacturer, has its headquarters in the village.[4] The manufacturing of plasterboard began in this area in about 1880.


The origin of Leake appears to be Laeke (Old Norse – brook or stream), and is consistent with East Leake's position in the heart of the Danelaw, which had various forms over time before becoming "Leake".

Local amenities[edit]

  • 3 schools
  • Leisure centre with swimming pool
  • Four pubs (Nag's Head, Three Horseshoes, Bull's Head and The Round RobINN)
  • Co-op supermarket
  • Post office
  • A variety of other small shops
  • Police station
  • Fire station
  • Amateur theatre group (elaps)[7]
  • Folk Club (ELFS – East Leake FolkieS)
  • Cricket, Football, Rugby and Bowls clubs
  • "Meadow Park", a local nature reserve used by dog-walkers and cyclists[8]
  • East Leake pre-school play group a registered charity which provides term time play group facilities
  • 2nd East Leake Scouts
  • Rushcliffe Golf Club[9]


East Leake lies close to the A60 and A6006 major roads and within 5 miles of the M1 motorway. Nottingham City Transport operate a frequent (15mins at peak times) bus service (no. 1) between Nottingham and Loughborough under the "South Notts" brand.[10] An East Leake railway station used to exist, on the Great Central Railway. That line was controversially broken up in the Beeching Axe of the 1960s. The stretch from the point where the Great Central crossed the Midland Main Line in Loughborough through East Leake to Ruddington was retained to allow freight trains to travel to British Gypsum's works and to the MoD ordnance depot at Ruddington, but later fell into disuse. More recently this stretch has been re-opened as a heritage line running steam and heritage diesel locos between Ruddington, Rushcliffe Halt (which is located next to the Gypsum works at the northern end of East Leake) and the South Loughborough Junction. In the long term, the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) hope to reinstate a passenger service from East Leake station, although the fact that the area alongside the station has been redeveloped for housing would preclude the provision of public car parking in the area of the station, and would require permission from the Secretary of State.


There are five churches in the village:


Bluebells in Colonel's Covert
Kingston Brook at East Leake

Neighbouring villages[edit]



Sidney Pell Potter, A History of East Leake, published in 1903. Potter was the rector at the time.

External links[edit]

Media related to East Leake at Wikimedia Commons