Leake, North Yorkshire

Leake is a hamlet and civil parish in the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire, England, about six miles north of Thirsk. The population of the parish was estimated at 10 in 2010.[1] With the population in 2011 being less than 100 information is contained in the civil parish of Borrowby, Hambleton.

Saint Mary the Virgin, Leake.jpg
The church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Leake; the church tower is from the 11th century
Leake is located in North Yorkshire
Location within North Yorkshire
OS grid referenceSE433906
Civil parish
  • Leake
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townTHIRSK
Postcode districtYO7
PoliceNorth Yorkshire
FireNorth Yorkshire
List of places
54°18′34″N 1°20′08″W / 54.309320°N 1.335437°W / 54.309320; -1.335437Coordinates: 54°18′34″N 1°20′08″W / 54.309320°N 1.335437°W / 54.309320; -1.335437
Leake Hall

The settlement was mentioned in the Domesday Book[2] and the name of the hamlet derives from the Old English Lece or Lecan which means to drip or leak. All other places in England that are named Leake are situated near to water and an alternative etymology would be that Lece may be an Old English word for brook.[3]

Leake Hall is a grade II* listed house which dates from the 17th century. Originally built in 3 storeys to an H-shaped floor plan it now has a T-shaped layout with a 6-bay frontage. It is now a farmhouse.[4]

The grade I listed Church of St Mary dates from Norman times. The Norman tower has a Saxon cross built into it. The bench ends for the choir stalls in the chancel were rescued from Bridlington Priory at the Dissolution.[5][6]


  1. ^ "Population Estimates". North Yorkshire County Council. 2010. Archived from the original on 13 January 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  2. ^ Powell-Smith, Anna. "Leake | Domesday Book". opendomesday.org. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  3. ^ Ekwall, Eilert (1960). The concise Oxford dictionary of English place-names (4 ed.). Oxford: Clarendon Press. p. 292. ISBN 0-19-869103-3.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Leake Hall  (Grade II*) (1150988)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  5. ^ "St. Mary the Virgin, Leake, North Yorkshire". Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  6. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Mary, Leake  (Grade I) (1315093)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 17 May 2018.

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