Inside Kirkgate Market
The colourful market in Kirkgate has been supplying the shoppers of Leeds for more than a century.
Kirkgate Market was opened on 1 July 1904 by GW Balfour, the then MP for Central Leeds. Outside is the lively open market where Michael Marks opened his Penny Bazaar in 1884, leading to the founding of Marks & Spencer in 1890.
"This remarkable flamboyant building is one of the city's finest architectural gems and hopefully will be treasured for centuries to come."
In 1893 the Central Market, next to the Corn Exchange, burned down. This provided the opportunity to link Vicar Lane with Duncan Street. Vicar Lane needed to be widened, and pavements built which meant that the Covered Market, already considered inadequate to modern needs, would have to be demolished.
The new building was completed in 1904, and the final cost was £116,750, rather more than the original estimate of £73,000 pounds
The market opens from Monday to Saturday with a half day closing on Wednesday. On the first and third Sunday of each month, there is a Farmers' market, with people from the surrounding district bringing produce and craft goods to sell.
last updated: 27/06/2008 at 17:06