6. Leeds (1) City Market & Corn Market
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The City Market
Architecture: The grand main entrance to Leeds City Markets, Kirkgate - on brass plate it states 'City of Leeds Kirkgate Market - This Market was opened by the Right Honourable Gerald William Balfour on July 1st 1904.
The Kirkgate City Market, Leeds, was built in 1857 but the exterior was rebuilt in 1904 by Leeming & Leeming. Pevsner describes it as 'gaudy, with Loire and Italian forms and Baroque forms round the top'!
Leeds City Market Hall, Kirkgate: A most pleasant and interesting stroll around the 1904 Hall with its ornate ironwork.
Leeds City Market Hall, Kirkgate:
Leeds City Market Hall, Kirkgate: This is much delightful cast-iron work in the 1904 Market Hall
Leeds City Market Hall, Kirkgate: You need to look up to see most of the fancy iron work.
Leeds City Market Hall, Kirkgate: Other architectural details: At one end is a central octagon of iron arcading which with other pillars and arches, support the roof.
The main entrance to the Cornmarket in Duncan Street, Leeds:
The Cornmarket, Leeds: Built in 1861-1863 by Brodrick. It is a splendid oval building with two-storeyed walls of millstone grit. The oval roof is partly glazed and the whole structure is supported by an intricate web of semi-circular and semi-elliptical iron ribs.
The Cornmarket, Leeds: All the old 'offices' with their arched entrances have now be converted into shops, boutiques, cafes and bars.
The Cornmarket, Leeds: The middle floor nicely decked out with a Christmas Tree in between the stairways connecting the upper floors.
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