About Us

Leeds Corn Exchange is one of Britain’s finest Victorian buildings and a Grade 1 listed structure. Designed by Cuthbert Brodrick and completed in 1864, Leeds Corn Exchange holds tremendous significance both as an architectural masterpiece and cultural icon.Leeds Corn Exchange is proud to champion the very best in creative, innovative and independent retail enterprises, and the building’s striking features provide the backdrop for a unique shopping experience. Now just one of three Corn Exchanges in the country which still operates in its traditional capacity as a centre for trade, Leeds Corn Exchange sits at the heart of the local community.

Timeline

1861

- Leeds Corn Exchange is designed by world-renowned architect from Hull, Cuthbert Brodrick, who was also responsible for Leeds Town Hall and the Mechanics' Institute (now Leeds City Museum). Foundation stone laid 7th May 1861

1862

- Work begins on site to create the building’s iconic large-scale glazed, domed roof and expansive trading floor.

1863

- 28th July 1863 the building partially opened as work continued on the build

1864

- Leeds Corn Exchange opens for business and traded as a Corn Exchange to the early 1990’s. The building is a bustling centre for the exchange and sale of corn wheat, barley, hops, peas, beans, seeds, oil cake and flour and hosts a farmers market in the Corn Exchange and regular leather fair.

- Following a decline in agricultural industries, in the years that followed the condition of the building deteriorates.

1985

- Speciality Shops plc wins the contract to transform the building into a retail destination

2006

- Zurich Financial Services take over as landlord and oversees a further £1.5 million refurbishmen

2012

- Leeds Corn Exchange has come full circle and is once again home to some of the region’s best independent designer-makers, specialist retailers and foodie outlets.

2013

- In 2013 Leeds Corn Exchange celebrated its 150th anniversary.

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