In 1840, John Marshall of Leeds, commissioned Ignatius Bonhomi (who had been in Egypt) and David Roberts (an author of books on Egypt) to build a new clothing mill for him in Holbeck , Leeds. It is a replica of the Egyptian Temple of Edfu on the Nile and is said to have cost £250,000. The outside columns are surmounted by lotus flowers. The mill chimney was shaped like Cleopatra’s Needle, although it has been demolished. The roof of the building had sixty six glass domes to give adequate light and earth was spread between them on which grass was grown for insulation. It is said that Marshall kept a flock of sheep on the roof to keep the grass short!
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Photo taken in Holbeck, Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK
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