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Nice arcade full of independent shops. Kapow is fab for consistent good coffee, seating and toilets here. Stand out barbershop - Thornton’s barbers, Gav is a fantastic barber, patient and listens...
Nice arcade full of independent shops. Kapow is fab for consistent good coffee, seating and toilets here. Stand out barbershop - Thornton’s barbers, Gav is a fantastic barber, patient and listens... more »
The Thornton's arcade is very much like the other arcades in the city center they are full of so much history in the architecture so if your into that or visiting Leeds for the first time i would go..... more
The Thornton's arcade is very much like the other arcades in the city center they are full of so much history in the architecture so if your into that or visiting Leeds for the first time i would go..... more »
The arcades have all been beautifully restored and are a great place to wander although the shops are all quite high end!
The arcades have all been beautifully restored and are a great place to wander although the shops are all quite high end! more »
Excellent Leeds high street shopping mall and a great place to spend a few hours. One of three high quality local malls Thorntons Arcade mall is nearly 150 years old with previous history on top. Three stories tall, wonderful glass roof and a few life sized characters dotted around from Ivanhoe.
Jewellers just in door way does a good job. Like to thank him for ear rings I got today love them.sorry dont know name of shop.
A beautiful historic arcade, which in Summer is flooded with natural daylight, and in Winter is adorned with festive lights and decorations. A taste of Victorian elegance combined with 21st century, wonderfully varied businesses. There is a fabulous clock featuring mechanical figures. It has moving mediaeval characters striking the bells on the hour. A splendid attraction that costs nothing and often has children and adults standing and staring. Don't miss it.
Charles Thornton, (1820-1881), was the owner of the Old White Swan Inn in Swan Street, and the proprietor of the Varieties Music Hall. (Now the Leeds City Varieties.) In 1873 he built a block of shops and offices, Thornton’s Buildings, at the junction of the Upper Headrow with Lands Lane. In 1875 Thornton applied for permission to demolish the Old Talbot Inn on Briggate, and to build a new arcade of shops on the site. The Talbot was one of the oldest inns in Leeds. Thoresby writing in 1715, describes frescoes painted on the walls of a room in the Inn. The Inn was used for cockfighting, and in the 17th century was where the circuit judge stayed when he was in Leeds. The arcade was originally designed by Charles Fowler, a Leeds architect, but the Borough Engineer would not agree to the designs because of problems with the drainage. Charles Thornton changed his architect, and engaged George Smith, whose altered plans met with approval. The arcade was opened in May 1878. The arcade is three storeys high, with a glass roof. At the northern end is a clock with a mechanism made by William Potts and Sons of Leeds. It has four life-size figures of characters from Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe. Richard Coeur-de-Lion, and Friar Tuck who strike the hours, and Robin Hood and Gurth the Swineherd who strike the quarters. They were made by the Leeds sculptor John Wormald Appleyard. At the other end of the arcade is the head of a woman, with long curling hair and a large hat. It is modelled on the painting of the Duchess of Devonshire by Gainsborough. Thornton’s Arcade was refurbished in 1993. Very interesting places and definitely a most to visit. 👍
Not quite as grand as the Victoria, but just round the corner so worth a visit. Went on a bank holiday so a few places were closed. Sunny day really added to the views.
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