Leeds Historian Dr Kevin Grady presents the second in Leeds Civic Trust's 2021 ‘Leeds in Your Lunch Hour’ lecture series, hosted jointly with Leeds Minster.
In the nineteenth-century Leeds became a great Victorian city and a diversified centre of commerce and industry requiring specialist buildings for the sale of produce, commodities and trading in stocks and shares. These included retail and wholesale market halls, bazaars, cloth halls, corn exchanges, a Stock Market, two merchant exchanges, a leather market, and a wholesale meat market. This lecture describes these fine Victorian buildings which almost all sadly have been long since demolished. Dr Kevin Grady is a leading expert on the history and development of Leeds, and is well known for his books and public lectures. He was Director of Leeds Civic Trust for almost thirty years until his retirement in 2016. Today he is a Council member of the Thoresby Society and is President of the Leeds Library. This is his 14th annual series of free lunchtime lectures about the history of Leeds, presented this year for the first time on Zoom. Hosted jointly by Leeds Civic Trust and Leeds Minster.