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The ceramic relief murals of


Morecambe Bay in the 19th Century

Year Completed : 1974

Size : 1.5m x 2.1m (5ft x 7ft)

Client : Bradford & Bingley Building Society (branch office)

Location : 10/12 Euston Road, Morecambe, LA4 5DD

MURALWATCH - do you have any information about this missing mural?

Bradford & Bingley sold the branches to Abbey National which in turn became Santander. We would love to hear from anyone within the past or current banking groups if they know anything about the whereabouts of this mural. The yellow marker is loosely placed on Morecambe as we can't use Google Street view to reach this area as it is pedestrianised and the Google car never covered it.

This was an attempt to combine our new fascination with pebble mosaic with a 'map'. We enjoyed making decorative maps in the idiom of 16th and 17th century map-makers, where all the houses are seen in elevation, and the streets in plan. But no one made a map of the Morecambe area in the 17th century! So for this purpose we took an early 19th century map and, following the street plan, inserted little houses where the map’s conventional blocks had represented buildings. In the 19th century the railway had yet to come to Morecambe, the harbour had not been built and it was still a picturesque fishing village with the name of Poulton-by-the-Sands. We depicted notable contemporary houses and rows of workman’s cottages, setting them amongst formalised fields made up of different aggregates. Morecambe Bay was formed from pebbles collected in the bay itself. In the bay we placed decorative prawns and images representing fishing balks. Balks were wicker fences arranged in a V shape to trap fish as the tide receded. Lettering engraved into terracotta roads and tiles described the different features.

Lat/Long : 54.072410, -2.866225

Yellow - present whereabouts of mural not known

Present whereabouts of mural not known. MURALWATCH - We need YOUR help!
Do you have any information on this missing mural. Philippa would very much like to hear from you.