Richard Knill Freeman

Bolton architect

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St Luke, Deeplish, Rochdale

Built 1892 and 1898; demolished 1978

This was built in two stages. The Building News of June 3, 1892 reported:

“The formal consecration of the first completed portion of St Lukes Church, Deeplish, took place on Thursday May 26th. About £2900 has been spent on the finished part of this church, which comprises the chancel and transept. The nave, which is not yet commenced, will cost £4000. The building is in the Early English style, and narrow red bricks with Rainhill stone dressings. Its windows are lancet shaped and fitted with cathedral glass. Mr R Knill Freeman, of Bolton, is the architect and Messrs W A Peters, and Sons, the builders.”

In March 1893 it reported:

“The erection of this church was recently commenced by the Dean of Manchester (at that time Canon McClure and Vicar of Rochdale). The works already executed include the chancel, chancel aisles, organ-loft, vestries, &c. A temporary nave has been provided which is so arranged that the permanent building can be provided outside it, thus preventing any interference with the carrying on of the services. Messrs. Peters and Sons, of Rochdale, were the contractors, the architect being Mr. R. Knill Freeman, FRIBA, of Manchester and Bolton.”

It was completed in 1898 and demolished in 1978. The church now uses the adjacent school, also by Knill Freeman.


Building News, June 3, 1892 p.785

Building News, March 31 1893 p.437

Building News 74, 29 April 1898, p.xv