Monday, September 22, 2014

Bits of Leeds, England

Here's two leftover bits from Leeds.

Leeds has a lot of arcades, which is not what I grew up with in 1980s America. My youthful experience of arcades involved Pac-man, Space Invaders, Gauntlet, and the like. English arcades are covered shopping streets, an important innovation in a rainy country.

Thornton's Arcade

Inside the arcade

We walked over to St. John's Church but were unable to get inside. It's the oldest church in Leeds, first built from 1632-1634. Local wool merchant John Harrison financed the church. He was a co-founder of the Leeds Corporation and also financed almshouses, a grammar school, and the market cross.

J at St. John's

The sundial over the (closed) entrance

The other side of the church

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