Thursday : Lingering look at Windows- week 32

Leeds indoor market

Leeds Kirkgate Market

Returning from my daughter’s in Nottingham on Monday, the National Express bus decanted me into Leeds for an hour and a half, before my onward journey home.  It wasn’t the warmest of days and I was happy to escape into Kirkgate Market for a delicious chicken, mushroom and cheese pancake.  As an additional bonus I snapped a few windows in this beautiful building.

If you follow the link it will give you the convoluted history of the building.  For my purposes it’s enough to say that it’s the largest covered market in Europe, with around 800 stalls.  The market dates back to 1822, the first covered sections being added from 1850.  The domed, glazed roof was modelled on Paxton’s Crystal Palace in London’s Hyde Park.  It has enormous appeal.

One last snippet of information- Kirkgate Market was the founding location of Marks and Spencer, which opened initially as a penny bazaar.  A commemorative clock was unveiled to mark the centenary of M & S in 1984.  Today there is still a Marks and Spencer’s stall alongside the clock.

Click on the gallery to wander the market with me.

Thanks Dawn, for reminding me every week how much I like windows.  To join the challenge, visit Lingering Visions.


  1. You’ve found the best place to eat a pancake in the market. Coffees and milkshakes are great too ! And not too far away, there is a delicious Moroccan food stand. I recommend it ! A bit spicy, but very yummy !


    1. Funny, I was just wondering if you were doing “catchup” in this dodgy Bank Holiday weather we’re having, and here you are. I don’t get far Sundays as my Dad is watching GP/snooker after his Sunday lunch.
      My son currently lives in Leeds but he works in Bradford, so I missed him on Monday. Right now he has the joy of being at a very wet Leeds Music Fest 🙂 Leeds has quite a lot going for it these days, but for me the best bit is this market.


  2. A bit behind on leaving a good comment for my blogging friend but here I am and I liked catching up with your photographs and seeing what you’ve been up to! You are good to make time to visit my blog.


    1. You don’t have savoury pancakes? They are delicious. I was choosing between this one, which was garlicky, and smoked bacon, brie and sundied tomatoes. They were out of bacon so the choice was easily made. Pancake batter is plain anyway (like our Yorkshire Pudding) till you add the fillings. Try it! 🙂


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