Greenhouse farm cottage is close to many of the exciting attractions within Staffordshire and also within driving distance of the Peak National Park and its wonderful countryside walks and bike rides. We have listed below some of the main attractions and places if interest in the local area’s surrounding the Greenhouse Farm Cottage.

The Local area.

Meerbrook is a hamlet three miles north of Leek in Staffordshire. Leek is a market town in the county of Staffordshire, England, on the River Churnet. It is an ancient borough and was granted its royal charter in 1214.

The town has had a regular cattle market for hundreds of years, reflecting its role as a centre of local farming. During the industrial revolution it became a major producer of textiles.

Though this industry has declined somewhat, it has continued through the large number of clothing manufacturers in the town, and the prominence of dyeing and allied trades.

The mills from the town’s textile era still remain. Many are currently being turned into houses. The town’s markets still remain active to this day.

Many Victorian period, and older, buildings still stand in the town, many built by the family architectural practice of the Sugdens. In 1849 William Sugden (b. 1821 in Keighley) came to Leek. He was an architect and his work on the design of the stations for the Churnet Valley Railway brought him to the area.

Notable Residents

Leek was the home of James Brindley, the 18th century canal engineer. He built a water-powered corn mill in 1752. This watermill is now preserved as Brindley Water Mill and Museum.

William Morris, founder of the Arts and Crafts movement, lived and worked in Leek between 1875 and 1878. He studied dyeing. Leek was to provide his firm with silk. Local rumour suggests that he founded the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings in 1877 as a result of his successful campaign to prevent the demolition of the building that now houses Greystones tearoom, winner of the Tea Council’s Tea Room of the Year award for 2000.

It was through the SPAB that he came into contact with Larner Sugden, the local architect, who went on to publish some of Morris’ speeches and essays in a series called the Bijour of Leek.

Terry Ferns, former Leyton Orient footballer and now groundsman at Leek Town Football Club. Kept up his passion for the game, local youngsters affectionately nicknamed him ‘Nosha’.

Dave Hill, vocalist for English New Wave of British Heavy Metal band Demon, lives and works in Leek.

Former 5 time world professional darts champion Eric Bristow lives in the town.

Tourism and leisure.

Nearby Rudyard Lake is a popular tourist attraction and home to the Rudyard Lake Steam Railway, running along its eastern shores. Other nearby local attractions are the local football club Leek Town F.C., Alton Towers, the cultural and leisure facilities of the city of Stoke-on-Trent, and the Peak District National Park. Leek’s “Double Sunset” on Midsummer Day also attracts many tourists. Leek is also visited regularly by people from its twinned town Este in Italy, with many events taking place throughout the year. In May of every year, Leek Arts festival takes place, celebrating the cultural heritage of the Town.

According to the festival web site, it began as a weekly event but soon expanded to last a whole month. Just outside the town is Blackbrook Zoological Park, which is renowned for its large collection of birds.

The surrounding countryside of the Staffordshire Moorlands, Peak District naturally makes the area a popular tourist destination.

Information obtained From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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place-i-1Staffordshire Creative County web site

Located in the heartland of Britain and easily accessible from all regions, Staffordshire is a fascinating County, combining natural beauty with a tradition of world-shaping industry.

Staffordshire creative county web site


place-i-2Leek Arts Festival.

THIRTY years ago, back in the dim and distant past of 1977, a group of like-minded people got together and decided that it was time the market town of Leek did something to show off the wealth and range of its artistic talent.


place-i-3Enjoy Staffordshire.

Planning a short break or family holiday? Just about anything’s possible in Staffordshire! We’re at the heart of things, bang in the middle of England with a world of experiences waiting for you.


place-i-4The Roaches.

The Roaches where Buzzards fly and Wallabies still roam. The Roaches (or Roches) is a wind-carved outcrop of gritstone rocks straddling the parishes of Leekfrith and Heathylee in the Peak District National Park about 4 miles north of Leek, Staffordshire and 8 miles south of Buxton, Derbyshire.


place-i-5Visit the Peak District National Park.

Welcome to the Peak District and Derbyshire, home of Britain’s first National Park. Whether this is your first visit to the area or you’ve already discovered our breathtaking landscapes, bustling market towns and fascinating cultural and historical heritage, there’s always lots more to explore.


place-i-6Tittesworth Reservoir.

Tittesworth Water, located near Leek, is an ideal place to visit as part of a day out in the Peak District. There’s something very special about a reservoir hidden away on the edges of one of England’s most spectacular National Parks.



place-i-7UK’s Greatest Theme park

(we are only 20 minutes drive away from Alton Towers)

The Park opens at 09.30am and the ride time starts from 10.00am.  The Park closes from 5.00pm onwards. There are bus services throughout the day to and from Alton Towers. Time table information is available, please call Traveline on 0870 608 2 608.


place-i-8Pubs, Clubs and Local Entertainment

There are many local restaurants which cater for a variety of tastes and the near-by town of Leek boasts around 40 pubs.  The atmosphere around our local town is both friendly and pleasant.



place-i-9Antiques Shops

Leek is known as the “Queen of The Moorlands”; and has a well known reputation as an antiques centre.



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