John Bley of East Leake & London 1674 - 1731

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distiller & benefactor

By Keith Hodgkinson, Rachel Flynn & Ian Flynn

Though long remembered as East Leake’s greatest benefactor and the founder of its first school, John Bley has always been something of an enigma. This book traces his humble beginnings in Nottinghamshire, his life in London’s Thames Street and rise to fortune, his surprising relationship with Sir Thomas Parkyns, eccentric wrestling baronet of Bunny, and his far-reaching impact on his native village. The result is an intriguing tale that ranges from rural village to teeming city and back again, revealing a world in transition and often in turmoil.

Price  £12.00 + £3 p&p (UK only) payable by cheque made out to 'East Leake & District Local History Society' and sent to: Mrs M.C. Hurst, 6 Poplar Avenue, East Leake, Loughborough, Leics. LE12 6QB

(236 pages)

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