Freeman was closely involved with charitable institutions and his RIBA record includes “Sundry works for the Waifs and Strays society.” He was also interested in model housing for workers
He designed various buildings for the philanthropist Dr Samuel Chadwick; the Chadwick orphanage (1870); model housing at two sites in Bolton: Haulgh and Peabody Street. Other works Knill Freeman designed for Chadwick include the Chadwick museum and Royal Infirmary.
His involvement with the Waifs and Strays society (now the children’s society) may have been due to his role as Diocesan surveyor as
Excellent history at http://www.childrenshomes.org.uk/WS/index.shtml
Barnardos was a “undenominational” home. Society created in 1881 to provide religious
Placed with foster caresrs but also built and set up an emigration scheme Number of homes expanded rapidly, having 90 homes in 1902 when it was known as the Church of england Central society for providing homes for waifs and strays, generally known as the Waifs and Strays scoeity.
Many properties were donated to the society.
In the RIBA list there is a reference to “Work for Waifs and Strays scosity”