West Leake

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West Leake
West LeakeMain street - geograph.org.uk - 1298786.jpg
Main Street
West Leake is located in Nottinghamshire
West Leake
West Leake
West Leake shown within Nottinghamshire
Population 143 (2011)
Civil parish
  • West 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
List of places
52°49′59″N 1°13′13″W / 52.83311°N 1.2203°W / 52.83311; -1.2203Coordinates: 52°49′59″N 1°13′13″W / 52.83311°N 1.2203°W / 52.83311; -1.2203

West Leake /ˌwɛst ˈlk/ is a small village and civil parish in the Rushcliffe district of Nottinghamshire. It is on the Kingston Brook, between the larger village of East Leake to the east and Kingston to the west; the parish of Sutton Bonington lies to the south. The parish church is St. Helena's Church, West Leake.[1]

As a small village West Leake has a parish meeting rather than a parish council. Its population has declined from an 1853 estimate of 190[2] when the village was owned by Lord Middleton to around 110[3] in 2007. The population taken at the 2011 census had risen again to 143.[4]

The origin of Leake appears to be Laeke (Old Norse – brook or stream), and is consistent with West Leake's position in the heart of the Danelaw.

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

The Domesday Book listing is divided into four holdings which encompass what are today East and West Leake. The first property is listed to Henry de Ferrers[5] by the King as Tenant in Chief, and Lord. Ferrers portion was inventoried with 16 villagers. 16 freemen. 1 priest. It includeded land for 6 ploughlands; 4 lord's plough teams and 17 men's plough teams. Other resources listed include; 50 acresin meadow, Woodland 2 * 1 furlongs. 1 mill, 1 church. The holding was valued at £7 to the lord in 1086.[6]

The second listing is for Tenant-in-chief Roger of Bully (Busli) with his lord Arnold (de Bully), valued to the lord in 1086 £0.5. The holding was inventoried to include 2 villagers, land for 0.5 ploughlands, 2 lord's plough teams. 0.5 men's plough teams, and included 8 acres of meadow.[6]

Third is a listing for Count Robert of Mortain, Tenant-in-chief and Lord in 1086. The holding has taxable value of 0.3 geld units, but no other details are shown.[6] The last listing has taxable value 0.1 geld units, and includes 2 freemen, land for 0.5 ploughlands, 1 men's plough team. Robert son of William is listed as Tenant in Chief and Lord in 1086[6]

There is a 200-year-old public house called The Star[7] situated just outside the village, on the other side of the Kingston Brook on Melton Lane (and therefore in the parish of Sutton Bonington). It is also called the Leake Pit House, as it once incorporated a pit for cock-fighting.

A dew pond is situated on the hill above the village towards West Leake hills.


  1. ^ Southwell and Nottingham Church History Project St Helena West Leake
  2. ^ GENUKI: West Leake
  3. ^ West Leake Conservation Area – Rushcliffe Borough Council
  4. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 17 April 2016. 
  5. ^ Domesday Book: A Complete Transliteration. London: Penguin, 2003. p.779 ISBN 0-14-143994-7
  6. ^ a b c d http://opendomesday.org/place/XX0000/east-and-west-leake
  7. ^ Beer in the Evening The Star

External links[edit]

Media related to West Leake at Wikimedia Commons