Sunday 30 September 2012

Kirkgate Market

Kirkgate (don't pronounce the middle 'k') Market has a good range of stalls, including one selling dried fruit (papaya and mango - drool), but is noted most for being the location of the first ever Marks and Spencer; a union between Michael Marks, a Polish Jewish immigrant, and Thomas Spencer, a Dewhirst cashier from Yorkshire.

Isaac Jowitt Dewhirst lent Marks £5 to establish his stall in the market and, in 1884, Marks invited Spencer to become his partner.

In 1984, M&S presented this clock to mark their centenary.

It was even telling the correct time :)


  1. I had no idea what Marks & Spencer is/was ~ what a great place. I do love that clock all to pieces.

  2. lovely Market and great story about Mark and Spencer !
    Did you get there just as it opened ? No people running around for lunch.
    You are making my tourist radar ping.... with these last two posts !

    cheers, parsnip

  3. This looks like a lovely place to people watch.