Corn Exchange

On the way back from Wales I had a bit of time to kill in Leeds. It’s a lovely place that I don’t visit nearly enough, and though I spent the afternoon in a pool hall which I could do pretty much anywhere, I did get to see a little bit of the town.

The Leeds Corn Exchange is gorgeous, and reminds me just how much beautiful architecture we have in the UK. Designed by Cuthbert Brodrick and completed in 1864, this is a Grade I listed building which, thankfully, means it will not meet the same fate as some of his other buildings in Leeds did – namely demolition.

From what is a relatively unassuming Victorian structure upon approach, the doorways are laid with red carpet which makes you feel as if you have left the turmoil of the street and about to encounter something special; the interior does not let you down…as you can see here. Based on three levels you get great vantage points of the domed roof and symmetrical staircases, especially from the balcony where I took this.

Though it is now home to several boutique shops, it spent 20 years full of stores that sold ‘alternative’ goods; it would have been nice to have visited during those times as I think that culture would fit in very nicely with this surrounding.

  • Camera: NEX-7
  • Focal length: 16mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/400s