Bradford Central Mosque – Darfield Street

A Bespoke Ceiling in a Mosque in Bradford by Ossett MouldingsFor the past year Ossett Mouldings Limited have been very happy to work on a very interesting, frankly fabulous Mosque in central Bradford.

Our work is presently confined to the interior of this newly built place of worship. Quite honestly the design is, in my view outstanding. A credit to both the Architect (Mr. Neil Waghorne) and the client mosque for having the vision to permit / indulge him these super designs.

A Mosque Wall Moulding by Ossett MouldingsWe’re working our way down from the very high, (approximately 12 metres) central dome. The very high, central “bulb” and pendulous features were formed by others, but don’t they look absolutely lovely? What you may not notice from these photos is the very subtle colour changes. This will be even more spectacular when the central chandelier is installed and sets off the inbuilt “cats eyes”.

Once below these fine features, our decorative plaster work begins. But first, please have a look at these twelve absolutely gorgeous stained glass windows – arn’t they nice? The first, but minor item of our work you’ll see is the twelve quite fine window surrounds.

A Mosque Window Surround by Ossett MouldingsNext you’ll see our twenty five metre circumference “string course” arched moulding. This was in fact, quite deceptively difficult to form, let alone make and install. Anyhow, it got done and quite nicely too!.

Below this some others formed a lighting trough. To this trough we mounted a curved top and bottom moulding, also some 32 paterae (60mm diameter flowers).

A Cornice Based on the "Alhambra" Style by Ossett MouldingsThe next item will be a very large, very ornate cornice based loosely on our standard cornice design “Alhambra” – pictured here on the right. This will however be some five times larger and very much more complex. The geometry on this area will be particularly difficult. Watch this space for details as they come to hand – say mid January 2005.

Hopefully there will be very much more for our company to do on this fine structure. We have some idea, but not the complete picture of what is to do and will be very happy to show you here when details – or better still when the actual work occurs.

Sadly, it now seems that, by our choice we will be very unlikely to work here again. This is, in my personal view a poor outcome for the Mosque and our company.

Several years after I wrote the above, I now discover Mr. Waghorne died quite suddenly and unexpectantly. On a personal level I miss this man, the man who truthfully understood (and enjoyed) culture, design and religion other than the West Riding of his younger life.

I’ll miss this man. I bet I’m not the only one!


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