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Leeds is well known for having a bustling student population, but did you know….
1. The world’s first moving pictures were shot in Leeds.
In October 1888, French inventor Louis Le Prince captured video footage of his son Adolphe, Sarah Whitley, Joseph Whitley and Harriet Hartley larking about in the back garden of the Whitley’s Leeds home.
2. Jelly Tots are Leeds natives.
Leeds scientist Brian Boffey accidentally stumbled across the recipe for the sweet in 1967. At the time, he was trying to find a way to produce a powdered jelly that would set the moment cold water was added to it.
3. Marks & Spencer started out in Leeds.
Michael Marks, a Belarusian Jew, immigrated to England in 1882 and headed for Leeds - eventually setting up his own stall in Kirkgate Market: Marks’ Penny Bazaar. On 24 September 1894, Marks partnered with Thomas Spencer, a local cashier, and Marks & Spencer was born.
4. The most expensive piece of British furniture ever sold was made by a Leeds local
Thomas Chippendale was an 18th century furniture maker from Leeds whose crafts were popular with the rich and famous. In 2010, a chest of drawers made by Chippendale, known as The Harrington Commode, sold for £3,793,250 – making it the most expensive piece of furniture ever sold.
5. Leeds is home to the oldest Caribbean carnival in Europe
The first ever Leeds Carnival was held in 1967, making it the oldest Caribbean carnival in Europe – ahead of London’s Notting Hill Carnival.