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THE CORN EXCHANGE - ENGINEERED FABRICS BY 1851 LEEDS BOOMING TEXTILES INDUSTRY EMPLOYED 34% OF THE WORKFORCE WITH ONLY 1.3% IN AGRICULTURE. THE COUNCIL AGREED TO BUILD A NEW CORN EXCHANGE & A COMPETITION WAS WON BY CUTHBERT BRODERICK WITH HIS DESIGN BASED ON THE HALLE AU BLUE IN PARIS & COMPLETED IN 1864. JUST ONE OF THREE REMAINING IN THE COUNTRY IT IS ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF VICTORIAN COMMERCIAL ARCHITECTURE WITH THE GREAT ELLIPTICAL DOME A MASTERPIECE OF ENGINEERING. A GREAT EXAMPLE OF A STRUCTURE ABLE TO ADAPT, THE EXCHANGE IS NOW AN UPMARKET INDEPENDENT FASHION OUTLET HAVING PREVIOUSLY BEEN USED TO HOUSE ALTERNATIVE FASHION & VINTAGE SHOPS. IT IS OFTEN CALLED THE COVENT GARDEN OF THE NORTH & HELPED SPARK LEEDS MODERN RENAISSANCE AS A MAJOR CAPITAL FOR CULTURE & SHOPPING. WE FELT THE CORN EXCHANGE, DESIGNED TO STAND THE TEST OF TIME WAS A STUNNING VENUE TO SHOW OUR NEW, MOST DURABLE RHINO & PRIDE COLLECTION

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