Richard Knill Freeman

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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 September 1871 and formed a partnership with Joseph Pilling from 1880-84. He lived in Haulgh, Bolton, near to Freeman. He later moved to Arnside where he died at the age of 48.

His buildings after leaving Freeman include Pikes Lane board school, (1875); Lostock Junction mill, (with Pilling); Bradshaw school; 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)

Little Lever Co-operative store (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)

Manchester and County Bank, Bolton (1870)

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

St Bartholomew, Westhoughton (1869-70)

Little Lever parsonage (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

Buildings by George Cunliffe:

Five houses, Bridge Street, Bolton (1865)

Church, Crook Street, Bolton (1865)

St Paul’s school, Moor Lane (1866)

Chadwick Orphanage outbuildings  (1874)

Warehouse, Saville Street, Bolton (1875)

School/public building, Bradshawgate, Bolton (1877)

Clubhouse, Bank Street, Bolton (1878)

Extension to bank, Hotel Street, Bolton (1879)

Six houses, off Castle Street, Bolton (1880)

Buildings by the firm Cunliffe and Pilling (note that the firm name continued after Cunliffe’s death in 1887):

Two houses and school, Tipping Street, Bolton (1882)

Additions to schools, All Saints Street, Bolton (1890)

Sixteen houses, Salisbury Street, Bolton (1892)

Addition to mill, German Street, Bolton (1894)

Warehouse, Commission Street, Bolton (1895)

Three houses, Chorley New Road, Bolton (1898)

Additions to Lostock Industrial school, Bolton (1899)


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

Bolton building plan registers

Thanks to Neil Darlington for several items on this list


Manchester Victorian Architects

Left: Westcombe, Victoria Road, Bolton