Five things: Leeds Corn Exchange
Think you know Leeds Corn Exchange? Think again.
1. The building’s architect was Cuthbert Brodrick, who also designed the town hall. The distinctive dome design was based on the Bourse de Commerce in Paris.
2. It is one of only three corn exchanges in the UK which still operate as trading centres. The original function was as a gathering place for farmers and merchants to trade grain.
3. As agricultural trade declined it was closed in the 1980s. It was initially suggested that it be renovated and turned into a concert hall before re-opening as a shopping centre in 1990.
4. The building was refurbished again in 2007 and became a boutique shopping area for independent traders. It is now a hub of the markets area and a major draw for visitors.
5. In 1872 161 traders from Leeds, Wakefield, York, Hull, Liverpool, Scotland, and six London hop merchants had stamds. By 1901 it was a major national grain centre.