We were back in Leeds city centre yesterday for a fitting for Eleanor's prom dress so I thought I'd show you the pretty Victorian arcade where the clothing alteration shop is situated.
There are lots of arcades in Leeds which, sadly, were somewhat neglected until they underwent recent restoration and refurbishment work.
The shop we were visiting is in the oldest covered shopping street in Leeds, Thornton's Arcade. Built in 1878 for Charles Thornton, the proprietor of The Old White Swan Inn and who owned the Varieties Music Hall which is now Leeds City Varieties, it's three stories high with a glass roof.
I used to love visiting this particular arcade as a child as it has the most fabulous clock at the northern end with a mechanism made by William Potts and Sons of Leeds.
The four life size figures of characters from Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe were carved by the Leeds sculptor John Wormald Appleyard. Richard Coeur-de-Lion and Friar Tuck strike the hours while Robin Hood and Gurth the Swineherd strike the quarters. I remember standing and waiting for the figures to move and create the chimes when I was a child.
The shops in Thornton's Arcade tend to be small speciality shops, some arranged over several floors.
We've still got to go back and collect Eleanor's prom dress so we'll be visiting this particular arcade again very soon.