This was taken in Leek Town in Staffordshire. The town was mentioned in the Domesday Book as ‘Lec’, but there was certainly a settlement here well before that because the churchyard contains two crosses – one is in Mercian style but is damaged and can be dated to the 10th century, while the other is a magnificent 11th century Norse style cross.
The Normans gave this area to the Earls of Chester and Ranulf the 6th earl founded Dieu la Cres abbey here in 1210. Until its dissolution in 1537 the abbey was the major economic and cultural centre of the area. The ruins lie across the Churnet 2km north of the town centre but there is little to see of what must once have been a fine building.
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