“Roll up! Roll up”! The impressive Leeds Kirkgate Market is one of the largest covered markets in Europe. Built in 1857, this Edwardian gem has undergone a number of architectural changes, including the addition of the domed and glazed roof in the 1890’s to keep the shoppers warm from the cold rain outside! Kirkgate Market was the platform for ‘Penny Bazaar’ in the 1880’s and Marks and Spencers are due to make a return to their roots when they re-open a heritage and coffee shop in March. You may find you’ll need more than a penny now though! Over the years, Kirkgate Market has literally taken a battering. Although it withstood the bombings in the Second World War, it could not withstand the fire in 1975 and required substantial structural renovations, following the destruction of two thirds of the market. We weren’t on that job! The new, improved, Kirkgate Market has expanded and is not only a great example of creative architecture, its’ goods and services are diverse too. So, if you want to put up a shelf, buy some thermal socks, woo someone with flowers or have a hair-cut, get yourself down to Kirkgate.