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Kirkgate Market Hall, exterior view

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Kirkgate Market Hall, exterior view
Undated. View showing Kirkgate Market Hall at the corner of Vicar Lane (left) and Kirkgate. Many of the shops around the outside, known as the New Market Buildings, have awnings up to protect their products from the sun. The shops include Joseph Hemsworth, jeweller, Taylor's Chemists, Stanley the Clothier and Benn's Furniture.

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Graham A. Schofield

Although the facade here, along with its fenestration could be said to be somewhat impressive, although normal as of its era, one has only to raise one's eyes to the roof and wonder as to what is going on up there. Ornate Gables - Domed Towers - Pagodas - Pyramid-like structures - Spires and Pinnacles, adorn the whole area. I wonder how many of us, as we have approached the market, have ever raised our eyes to discover what could be called a festival of flamboyancy and quirkiness abiding there? Roof-lines are best appreciated from a distance. Perhaps that might have been the case when this building was built. A possible indication of this can be gleaned from the image on picture number, 201114_171586. The encroachment of other high buildings as a town develops tends to diminish appreciation of architecturally elevated lines. In the centre of Leeds there are still many old buildings surviving under a stay of execution as it were, which just might, if you care to look upwards, - surprise.




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