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Leeds' oldest street Kirkgate has poems carved in stone
Poem carved on seat
"... Nothing is set in stone".

Two Leeds writers have seen their work set in stone on the city's oldest street, Kirkgate.

Local writers Antony Dunn and Peter Spafford have created poems about Kirkgate's history.

The text is carved into the street's paving and a pair of granite seats.

The project completes the revamp of this city centre pedestrian area including new paving, trees, and seating.

Kirkgate has a history dating back to the Domesday Book of 1086.

Over the years it has been home to a prison, a museum and up until the 19th century was a fashionable residential district for Leeds' wealthy merchants.

Chosen poets

Poem on seat in Kirkgate
"... Stone remembers" says this fragment of poetry.

Writer Antony Dunn, of Halton, was one of the chosen poets. He said:

"It's a privilege to leave my own mark like this in my own city."

The other artist chosen was Peter Spafford, formerly the Royal Armouries' Writer in Residence.

The words were engraved on to the paving and on to two granite seats by local masons as part of an art project funded by Leeds City Council and Yorkshire Forward.




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