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Not to be confused with Lecce.
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Moss House
Leece is located in Cumbria
Leece shown within Cumbria
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Country England
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Dialling code 01229
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CumbriaCoordinates: 54°06′50″N 3°09′32″W / 54.114°N 3.159°W / 54.114; -3.159

Leece is a village on the Furness peninsula in Cumbria, England, between the towns of Ulverston and Barrow-in-Furness.[1]


The village[1][2] is built around a tarn and a village green,[2] and Henry Armer & Son, a smithy established in 1914 that has since become an agricultural engineering business.[3]


Historically part of Lancashire, the name Leece is probably from the Old English leah, which means 'woodland clearing', and the plural of which is Leas. It was recorded in the Domesday Book as Lies, in the Manor of Hougun held by Earl Tostig.[4] It appears later in 1269 as Lees.[5]

Leece used to contain the United Methodist Free Church. It was founded in 1881, but closed in 1912. The building, which was taken down in the late 1920s, can still be seen on some photographs from the period. The church did not have a cemetery.[6] St. Matthew's Church, in the hamlet of Dendron, built in 1642, also served the village, as both a church and a school. It was funded by Robert Dickinson, a citizen of London, who had formerly lived in Leece.[7]

In the 1990s and 2000s, Leece played a part in the Lady in the Lake murder trial. Gordon Park, a resident of Leece, bludgeoned his 30-year-old wife Carol to death with an ice axe, then dumped her body in Coniston Water, telling police investigating her disappearance that she had left their home for another man.[8]


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  1. ^ a b Bolt, Alison (2006-04-25). "The End". BBC. Retrieved 2007-03-03. 
  2. ^ a b Swain, Robert. Furness and Cartmel Peninsulas Photographic Memories. The Francis Frith Collection. ISBN 1-85937-816-1. Retrieved 2007-03-19. .
  3. ^ "Henry Armer and Son". Henry Armer & Son. Retrieved 2007-03-03. 
  4. ^ Explore Low Furness
  5. ^ Mills, David (1976). The Place Names of Lancashire. B. T Batsford. ISBN 0-7134-3248-9. 
  6. ^ Stringer, Phil (2007-02-14). "United Methodist Free Church, Leece". GENUKI. Retrieved 2007-05-22. 
  7. ^ "St. Matthews Church, Dendron". Explore Low Furness. Retrieved 2007-05-22. 
  8. ^ Jackson, Russell (2005-01-29). "Justice for the Lady in the Lake as husband gets life for murder". The Scotsman. Retrieved 2007-01-26. 

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