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Bill Cawley

Shriek in Leek!

Bill Cawley knows and loves Leek like the back of his hand. He knows the nooks and crannies where the town's ghosts lurk too! Here he explains to us why he loves doing his Ghost Walks, which show the spooky side of Leek

Recently Leek celebrated its 800th birthday - and the character of the town and its history makes it full of ghoulish byways and ghastly highways!

Just some of the great ghostly stories of the “Queen of the Moorlands” include:
° The Witch of Getliffe Yard - a story which includes a hot oatcake and a scalded cat!
° The fate of John Nadin and the last hanging in Leek.
° The ghostly nun of the 19th century convent in Leek.
° The spirit of the Springer spaniel and how its presence is still felt in a pub in Leek today.

There is even a pub in the town that was “ exorcised”, during a ceremony just thirty years ago.

But there are famous people who passed this way too - including Bonnie Prince Charlie, Oscar Wilde, William Morris, JRR Tolkein - and an 1895 Ladies Football team who were pioneer Suffragettes!
Who could we forget them?


I've been in love with Leek for many years and I'm glad to say served the townspeople in a public capacity - so, without boasting, I've yet to be stumped on a local question (encyclopaedic knowledge y' know, even extending to my appearances on Mastermind and University Challenge...).
The history of the town and its history is my passion, as readers of my articles in local newspapers will know.

So no wonder I get such a kick out of doing the ghost walks.
If you want to find out more about them, please e-mail me at: 

By the way, I would also like to hear from people who have other ghost stories about Leek!

last updated: 24/12/2009 at 08:22
created: 22/04/2008

Have Your Say


Our house is haunted on Waterloo Street.

martin hambleton
two figures following me and my mates through leek brooke tunnel,very scary.then we saw them sitting in a pile of nettles nr the tunnel.this scared us so much we walked bk to leek on the road in stead of the track..also i av ad many weird experiences up hillswood and 9 pins

I have heard of a ghost at brough park but its a horseman. It was a story told to me by my grandfather many years ago. I also used to work at sunseeker travel agents on sheepmarket in leek, when I was a teenager. One night when I was cleaning there on my own I heard only what I can describe as a dog walking on the wooden floor boards on the level above. I knew I was in there alone. It was very scary and still gives me goosebumbs when I think about it!!

at Curshaws on St edwards Street, we've heard a ghost and it's been seen, Scary !!

have you ever heard of a reist in post lane endon???

christopher burton
i saw a ghost of a little girl about 20 years ago!i saw her on hencroft in the field where now stands a nursing home.the ghost appeared from some holy bushes on the side of brough park.i don't know if you have any knowledge of this ghost?would be great if you had any info? many thanks,chris.

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