M&S Leeds trail launched

The M&S Penny Bazaar in the Cross Arcade, Leeds.

BASED at the University of Leeds, the Marks and Spencer Company Archive, first mentioned in the September 2012 issue (GTO 235) has launched a walking trail highlighting the retailer’s rich heritage in the city.

Starting at Kirkgate Market, where the trestle table selling the very first M&S goods was set up, and ending at the archive itself, the trail explores the history of Leeds from an M&S perspective.

Highlights of the tour include the site of the very first Marks and Spencer shop – a Penny Bazaar in the Victoria Quarter’s Cross Arcade – and Victoria Gardens. Groups can book a guide for the tour and the archives.

Trail leaflets and maps can be picked up at the archive or at the M&S heritage stall in Kirkgate Market. The whole trail takes around and hour and a half to complete, and while it’s slightly uphill for most of the way, it is fully accessible to wheelchairs.

For a copy of the brochure telephone 020 8718 2800