- ‘Queen of the Moorlands’, ‘Gateway to the Peak District’
- In Staffordshire, 10 miles from Stoke on Trent
- Population: 18,768 (2001 census)
- Major employer: Britannia Building Society
- Local attraction: Alton Towers
- Traditional industry: silk production
- Famous former resident: William Morris, textile designer
- Sporting pedigree: Home of Eric Bristow, five-times world professional darts champion
- Little-known fact: 35 women from the Leek Embroidery Society produced a full-size replica of the Bayeux Tapestry in 1885.
- ‘County Town of Wiltshire’ l In Wiltshire, nine miles from Bath
- Population: 32,304 (2001 census)
- Major employers: Wiltshire Council, Airsprung, apetito
- Local attraction: Longleat safari park
- Traditional industry: Woollen cloth production
- Famous former resident: Sir Isaac Pitman, shorthand pioneer
- Sporting pedigree: Home to Winter Olympians John Jackson and Paula Walker
- Little-known fact: Was the first English town to twin with a North African city, Oujda in Morocco.
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