Richard Knill Freeman

Bolton architect

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Bolton board school

Built 1896-97; listed grade II; converted to 35 flats

Freeman won this commission in competition in 1894, assessed by “Mr Robson, the architect for the Education department” (presumably E R Robson). It accommodated 1080 pupils.

In 1999 it was converted to flats, and the bell tower was replaced with a GRP replica.

Pevsner describes the “big red school” as “completely symmetrical except for the entrance which dodges to one side in an upsetting way to avoid the central oriel.”  

Image:  Copyright Alan Murray-Rust and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence



Building News 70, 17 April 1896

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