Richard Knill Freeman

Bolton architect

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St Cuthbert, Lytham

Built 1834-5 (W H Hobden); listed grade II*

Freeman added a pulpit to this church in 1886. The Lytham Times of 21 May 1886 reported:

“The new oak pulpit subscribed for in memory of the late Bishop of Manchester, and placed in Lytham Parish Church, is now completed and was occupied for the first time on Sunday last. The pulpit is placed on the North side of the Church in the same position as the old one, which has also been followed in the question of height, etc. The pews surrounding it have been altered so as to give greater space and to afford better communication between the North Aisle and Chancel, but are still too close to the pulpit, and too high to allow of its being seen to advantage. The base is of yellow Mansfield stone moulded, and the shaft is of red Lockerbie stone with sunk panel in the front. The upper part is of oak and on plan forms half an octagon with buttresses at the angles. The lower part has solid panels in arched recesses, ornamented with a band of quatrefoils and carving. The upper part, separated from the lower by a battlemented moulding, is formed with elaborate perforated tracery in panels between richly panelled pilasters at the angles. The inscription, carried round the bottom of tho lower panels on a raised scroll, is as follows : -- To the honour of God and in grateful memory of James Fraser, D,D., Bishop of the Diocese, died Oct. 22nd, l885.

The work bas been very satisfactorily carried out by Messrs. Earp and Hobbs, of London and Manchester, from designs by Mr. R. Knill Freeman, F.R.I.B.A. , of Bolton and St. Anne's-on the-sea. The pulpit was occupied for the first time on Palm Sunday, when the Rev. H. B. Hawkins. vicar, preached ...He said, "The old pulpit is gone. It was of cheap wood, unworthy (from its intrinsic worth) of its position: and yet it was endeared to many of us by years of memories and long associations with the past. Two Vicars, entrusted with the charge of this Parish, have addressed you from it - my predecessor for more than 30 years and I myself for 16 years.”

Freeman also submitted designs for new pews but Paley and Austin were engaged instead because they had done considerable work there in the past.


Many thanks to Janet Turner for the above information and reference