Enjoy these memories of how Kirkgate Market bounced back after the fire in December 1975.
Enjoy these memories of how Kirkgate Market bounced back after the fire in December 1975.

Changing Leeds - How Kirkgate Market rose from the ashes in the 1970s

It is the Leeds gem which has had a tough life with scars to prove it.

Friday, 26th June 2020, 9:12 am

Fire all-but destroyed Kirkgate Market on the night of December 13, 1975. The cause remains uncertain to this day - there were suggestions either of an electrical fault or an overturned paraffin lamp. Either way, the flames spread quickly through Europe’s largest covered market and some 150 stallholders fled for their lives. These photos tell the story of how the market bounced back over the 12 months after the blaze. READ MORE: The night Kirkgate Market was devastated by fire | Walk around Kirkgate Market during the 1980s LOVE LEEDS? LOVE NOSTALGIA? Join Leeds Retro on facebook

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