It was originally founded in 1870 by Matthew Miller as the Leek Times. The Leek Post was founded in 1893 by local Conservatives but owned independently by members of the Hill family from 1896 – latterly in the guise of Hill Brothers Group – until 2003. The two merged in 1933 under the present title.
In 2003 it was taken over by Staffordshire Sentinel News & Media (part of Northcliffe Media, which was at the time the regional publishing division of the Daily Mail & General Trust). Seven of the staff left and started a new rival publication, Your Leek Paper.
In June 2011 Northcliffe agreed to sell the Post & Times series to Staffordshire Newspapers, a subsidiary of the Iliffe News & Media group. It reabsorbed Your Leek Paper – which Iliffe had acquired in 2006 – in November 2011. Iliffe and Northcliffe were both merged into new local media consortium Local World in January 2013.
It comes out on Wednesdays. An e-edition’s also available by paid subscription.