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The Leeds Corn Exchange is a Victorian building in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, which was completed in 1863. It is a grade I listed building.[1]

Leeds Corn Exchange
Photograph of a large stone building with an oval footprint and a domed roof. The main entrance lies behind four large arches and underneath a clock. Numerous arched windows lie on two levels all around the building.
Leeds Corn Exchange
General information
Architectural styleVictorian
LocationLeeds, West Yorkshire, England
Completed1864
Renovated1990, 2008
Design and construction
ArchitectCuthbert Brodrick

HistoryEdit

 
View of the west end of the interior in 2005
 
View from the balcony, of the east end of the interior in November 2010

The Corn exchange was designed by Cuthbert Brodrick, a Hull architect best known for Leeds Town Hall, and built between 1861 and 1863.[1] The dome design was based on that of the Bourse de commerce of Paris by François-Joseph Bélanger and François Brunet, completed in 1811.[2] In the late 1980s Speciality Shops plc restored it and converted it into a retail facility.[3]

After a further restoration in 2007, the Corn Exchange re-opened in November 2008 as a boutique shopping centre for independent retailers. The 13,200-square-foot (1,230 m2) ground level was occupied by Piazza by Anthony until its sudden closure in June 2013.[4]

In 2017 the Corn Exchange was acquired by property company Rushbond.[5]

As of 2019 the Corn Exchange contains about 30 independent retailers and food outlets.[6] It is described as "one of only three remaining Corn Exchanges still functioning as a centre for trade in Britain", albeit no longer functioning as a corn exchange.[5]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Historic England. "Corn Exchange (1255771)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Bourse de Commerce". Structurae (in French). Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Leeds Corn Exchange's 150 years of changing fortunes". Yorkshire Evening Post. 29 April 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  4. ^ Bowyer, Laura (22 June 2013). "Dining dismay after acclaimed Leeds restaurants shut". The Yorkshire Evening Post. Leeds. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  5. ^ a b "New owners for Leeds Corn Exchange". Business Up North. 3 March 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  6. ^ "The Corn Exchange". Visit Leeds. Retrieved 13 July 2019.

Further readingEdit

  • Wrathmell, Susan; Minnis, John (2005). "Corn Exchange". Leeds. Pevsner Architectural Guides: City Guides. Yale UP. pp. 68–71. ISBN 9780300107364.

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