Saturday, 12 January 2013

Inside View Leeds Corn Exchange

Designed by Cuthbert Brodrick, a Hull architect best known for Leeds Town Hall, this Grade I listed structure was completed in 1862 and opened on 28 July 1863. Leeds Corn Exchange is now just one of three Corn Exchanges in the country which operates in its traditional capacity as a centre for trade, albeit no longer for trading in corn.
After closing, its condition deteriorated to such a degree that the building and its surroundings became one of Leeds' most run down areas.
In November 2007 it was revealed that the centre (which was being refubished after being taken over by Zurich Financial Services) was to be converted into a food emporium. The plans brought protests from the independent traders, who were removed from the Corn Exchange, and their customers.
After the restoration the Corn Exchange re-opened in November 2008 as a boutique shopping centre for independent retailers.

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