Richard Knill Freeman

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Obituary of F R Freeman, Bolton Journal, 22 June 1934

Prominent Architect

Unexpected death of Mr F R Freeman

A wide circle of friends will learn with regret of the death of Mr. Frank Richard Freeman, which occurred somewhat unexpectedly at his home, Brae Bank, Newhall-lane, Bolton, on Wednesday.

A well-known local architect, he was at business as recently as Friday, though he had been in poor health for several years.

In his 64th year, Mr Freeman was a son of the late Mr. Richard Knill Freeman, from whose plans such prominent buildings as the Bolton Infirmary, the Chadwick Museum, and the Municipal Secondary School were erected. He was better known, however, for his extensive ecclesiastical practice, being Diocesan Surveyor and architect, and in that connexion he designed many churches and day and Sunday schools all over Lancashire.

Mr Frank Freeman was articled to his father on completing his education at Rossall and Hulme Hall, and his professional career engaged him principally in the ecclesiastical associations formed by his father. In recent years he designed the new churches of St. Catherine’s, Horwich, St. Paul’s, Marton, Holy Trinity, Failsworth, St. Bede’s, Morris Green, and St. Barnabas’Church, Bolton, one of his latest duties being the laying out of the new approach to the last-named. Amongst restorations, mill extensions, and a good selection of domestic work, he was also jointly concerned in the alterations to the Williams Deacon’s Bank, Deansgate.

Deceased was a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and of the Manchester Society of Architects. He was married 10 years ago and leaves a widow.