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History of Leek Part 3

As for the architecture in Leek, much of this can be credited to William Sugden who set up an architectural practice in Leek in around 1850 after his involvement in the design of local railway stations along the Churnet Valley Line. When his son joined the practice the firm developed a distinctive ‘arts and crafts’ style particularly influenced by William Morris who spent quite some time in Leek researching dyes for his textiles. The firm of Sugden & Son Architects was responsible for designing a wide variety of buildings in and around Leek from large silk mills to humble terraced houses. One particularly handsome building on the corner of Derby Street in Leek was designed by Sugden & Son, and constructed for William Sanders a florist and seeds man. It became known as the Sanders Building. The Sanders Building changed hands a number of times and early in the 19th century it accommodated both a clothiers and a greengrocers. From 1928 onwards though, it housed The Winkles Bakery – today the home of Lawtons Pies Ltd

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