Richard Knill Freeman

Bolton architect

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St Matthew, Little Lever

Listed Grade II; in use as church

St Matthew’s was built by Paley of Paley and Austin in 1865. Freeman’s RIBA file lists “Slade memorial, oak chancel screen, tablet, choir stalls and Church House”.

The Building News of 7 December 1894 reported: “After complete renovation, St. Matthew’s Church, Little Lever, Lancs, has been further embellished by the addition of a chancel screen in oak, and oak communion rails, both elaborately carved by Messrs Earp and Hobbs, of London and Manchester, who have also erected a mural monument on the north wall of the chancel to the memory of the late vicar. The work has been carried out from designs, and under the supervision of, Mr R Knill Freeman, FRIBA, and surveyor to the Diocese.”  



The Building News of 7 December 1894, p802

RIBA biographical file


St Matthew’s Little Lever

Above: The Slade memorial

Left: the controversial decoration of the chancel