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British Antiques Roadshow

Leeds (#2513)

Michael introduces the programme from the steps of Leeds Town Hall, describing it as "an exuberant expression of the civic pride that followed the city's massive expansion in the 19th century." Because of its pre-eminence in the wool market, the emergence of Isaac Singer with his famous sewing machines and John Barron's invention of a band saw to cut cloth in bulk, Leeds became the centre for mass tailoring. Helped by Jewish immigration, some 30,000 people were at work in the clothing trade by 1911 and the ready-made suit was born. Hepworths, Burtons and even the ubiquitous 'demob suit' all had their origins in Leeds, but the city's greatest son was undoubtedly Michael Marks who, in 1884 had his first market stall at Kirkgate in Leeds. He was to team up with a local cashier named Tom Spencer and together they became "the best known double act in retail history". Leeds Town Hall is indeed "the window to watch" today. [28 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: For 23 years British Antiques Roadshow has attracted UK audiences in excess of 13 million a week. Always filmed on location, local residents numbering in the thousands pour in clutching personal treasures for the chance to discover their true value. They may have been handed down through generations, discovered in dusty attics or picked up in junk shops, but all items are examined, commented on and valued by the Roadshow experts.

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