Christopher Marsden, a post-graduate researcher at Huddersfield University’s School of Architecture, Art and Design, has sent us some fascinating photographs of Bradford’s 1973 Kirkgate Market’s relief murals.

He has done so in the hope that you, our ever resourceful readers, will be able to help him cast light on the history of the murals, their significance and, not least, who made them.

He said: “I have asked the market’s management and stall holders about them, but I understand that nothing is known about the murals. There are two kinds in the market, concrete of 1973 and ceramic, of an unknown date.

“I have found a cuttings from the 1970s that discuss the concrete murals. On February 17, 1973, a photo story referred to their installation in the market.

“In an amusing late 1970s T&A article by Derek Bowskill, headlined ‘Ancient stalls in a modern setting’, he wrote: ‘On each side of the wall there are stone-looking murals with deeply carved or heavily embossed panels.

‘They offer what seems to be a combination of abstract, symbolic and representational designs hinting at human and inhuman animal; faces of sun-gods, moon-goddesses, angels, pixies, imps and ogres; doors, doorways and pillars – or shop, shop fronts and stalls and variations upon cuneiform and hieroglyphic themes.

‘One mural portrays topwise a bird-like creature of no doubt mythological background and the other a magically expanded or exploded barleycorn, somehow related bottomwise to a cactus-like root.

‘All in all, the murals wear an air of being unloved, unwanted and quite unappreciated.’ “There are actually many more concrete panels than Mr Bowskill noticed – most are above the Westgate entrance. There are also five ceramic tile murals – one is 6.5 metres square, the others are 2.5 metres square. They are apparently abstract compositions of relief tiles.”

The nature of the subject matter may appear to be a little arcane, but Mr Marsden is deeply interested in it, since he is also conservation secretary of the Tiles And Architectural Ceramics Society.

“I was most intrigued by these tiles – I have not seen this type before – they have a resemblance to to Transform tiles that were produced in Staffordshire in the 1970s, but they are different in several ways,” he says.

More alarmingly, he adds: “The November 1973 T&A microfilm appears to have been stolen from Bradford Library so I can’t check reports and features from the time of the opening of the market (November 22, 1973).

“I would be grateful for any memories and news.”

Mr Marsden, we are happy to help. Anyone who can help can make contact him him at Christopher Marsden, Post- graduate Researcher, School of Architecture, Art & Design, University of Huddersfield,Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH. E-mail christopher. marsden@hud.ac.uk. Call (01484) 656863 or 07876 377588.