Kirkgate Market – Bradford

Yorkshire is a county of market towns – Bradford is no exception, a mediaeval village expanding with the growth of the wool trade and the coming of the Industrial Revolution.

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The site was originally occupied by an imposing building of 1878.



Demolished in 1973.



To be replaced by a Brutalist build in the same year.

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A structure of bold geometry, contrasting brick and warm, raw striated concrete.

The interior has several decorative features, their authorship and origins unknown

Consisting of four 2.5 metre, and one 6.5 metre  square ceramic panels, and three large carved concrete reliefs. They are perched high above the stalls, weighted by several unwanted coats of paint, and obscured by a plethora of amusing detritus.

We all deserve better.

So farewell fair Kirkgate, I love your stairwell.


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