Leeds Murals

Call Lane Mural

The first mural is found on Call Lane, Leeds, just outside of the Corn Exchange. After some digging, I found an entry on the Leodis website about this mural. Leodis is a photographic archive of Leeds, managed by the Leeds Library and Information Service. The archive has more than 59,000 images.

As per Leodis:

Cornucopia, a mural by leading U.K. mural artist, Graeme Willson, located near the Corn Exchange. It was commissioned by Speciality Shops in 1989 and was unveiled by Patrick Nutgens in the autumn of 1990. The painting is integrated into the architecture of the building using the ‘Keim’ system of silicate paints. It measured 32′ by 30′. Cornucopia was awarded the Leeds Award for Architecture and the Environment.

Kirkgate, Pine Court Mural

This mural is on Kirkgate. I can’t really find anything about this one at all. From looking at archived images, it appears to be painted on the boarded up entrance to Pine Court, but not being from Leeds – I can’t be sure. I’d love to know who painted this and when, so please get in touch if you know.

Kirkgate itself is interesting. Kirkgate Market is to be found there, the market is the largest covered market in Europe. The main hall was designed by Joseph and John Leeming of London and work started on the construction in 1875. In 1975, a fire broke out in the market causing an estimated £7million worth of damage.

Kirkgate is also Leeds’ oldest street. The street dates back to Anglo-Saxon times. The street was mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1086 and by the 17th century it had become a residential district for wealthy merchants.

Kirkgate is home to the First White Cloth Hall, built in 1711 to compete with the covered cloth hall built in Wakefield in 1710. The First White Cloth Hall is very historically important to Leeds, it was the beginning of Leeds’ rise as an industrial power. The Hall is Grade II listed but has unfortunately been allowed to fall into disrepair, with a wing of the Hall having to be demolished due to safety fears.

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