Richard Knill Freeman

Bolton architect

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George Cunliffe (c.1839-1887)

George Cunliffe of Bolton went into partnership with Freeman as Cunliffe and Freeman from 1865 to 1871 and formed a partnership with Joseph Pilling from 1880-84. He later moved to Arnside.

His buildings after leaving Freeman include Pikes Lane board school, (1875); Lostock Junction mill, (with Pilling); Egerton United Reform church (1873-4); Whitebank, Bolton (1878) and Westcombe, Victoria Road, Bolton (for the Tillotson family; with Pilling, 1881).

Buildings ascribed to Cunliffe and Freeman are dealt with under Knill Freeman’s works. These are:

Mechanics Institute, Bolton (1866-68)

St John, Farnworth, Bolton (1867; boundary walls and gates)

Wesley Chapel school, Bolton (1868)

St Mark, Great Lever, Bolton (1868-70)

Bagslate New Wesleyan chapel, Rochdale (1868-70)

Bolton Certified Industrial School, Lostock Junction, Bolton (1869)

Mawdsley Street Independent Chapel (1869)

Haulgh model dwellings, Haulgh, Bolton (1869)

Peabody Street model dwellings (1869)

Wesley chapel school, Silverwell Lane, Bolton (1869)

Egerton Street day and Sunday schools, Moses Gate, Bolton (1869)

20 Houses and Branch Store for Bolton Co-op, Brownlow Fold, Bolton (1869)

St Thomas’s Schools, Farnworth (1869-70)

St Bartholomew, Westhoughton (1869-70)

Little Lever parsonage (1870)

Manchester & County Bank, Bolton (1870)

Victoria Wesleyan chapel, Bolton (1870-72)

Chadwick orphanage, Haulgh, Bolton (1869-71)

St Marks church, Great Lever, Bolton (1871)

White Bank, Bolton (1871)

Mytholmroyd mill (1871)

The Grange, Bromley Cross, Bolton (c.1870)

St Thomas and St John, Radcliffe (1871-2; new tower)

Hardcastle Bank, Deansgate, Bolton (1873-75)

Woodside No 2 Mill, Rishton Lane, Great Lever, Bolton


Clegg, James; Annals of Bolton, 1888

RIBA biographical file

Bolton Evening News, 26 September 1887

Longworth, James H., The Cotton Mills Of Bolton 1780-1985 – A Historical Directory

Pevsner; Lancashire: Manchester and the South-East, 2004

Dictionary of Scottish Architects

Thanks to Neil Darlington for several items on this list