Richard Knill Freeman
Richard Knill Freeman was an architect based in Bolton who practised from about 1866 until his death in 1904. Although his work was mainly in the north-
The office was versatile and prolific. Buildings included churches, schools, houses, pubs, piers, libraries and museums. He designed over a hundred new buildings and carried out over sixty major restorations/additions. About half of his buildings survive, of which over thirty are listed or otherwise protected. Despite this, he is little known, even in Bolton, where three of his buildings have been demolished in the last ten years.
There is a great deal not known about him. This web site is an ongoing attempt to discover and record the buildings he designed.
Many thanks to Michael Shippobottom, Graham Potts and Neil Darlington for providing information used in this web site.
If you wish to use information from this site, please contact me. (This offer does not apply to David Kaye, who regularly plagiarises this site without acknowledgement or contact.)
2109/03/08: Newly discovered buildings by Marshall Robinson added.
2017/05/10: Most schools pages updated.
2016/06/12: Most New churches pages updated
2016/03/02: Additions include Old Basford Board school, Nottingham; illustration of Southport library and art gallery; Southport markets; St Annes house for J Greenhalgh; White Bank, Bolton; Clitheroe house for R Crossland; Lostock Junction Industrial schools
2016/02/13: Hollinwood vicarage and Barton vicarage pictures added; report of a Talk given to Manchester Architectural association, 1861; Heaton cemetery pictures added; Brownlow Fold, Bolton housing; Mawdsley Street Independent chapel, Bolton added; St Margaret, Hollinwood, Oldham updated.