Richard Knill Freeman

Bolton architect

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Salford Artizans Dwellings

Freeman’s proposals were illustrated in The British Architect, 19 May 1883.

Walter Sharp won the competition for this. Pevsner in 1969: “In QUEEN STREET is a group of four rows of WORKING CLASS COTTAGES, humane looking for their date: 1893.” The buildings have been demolished.

The British Architect of April 14, 1893 reported favourably on Freeman’s scheme:

“Amongst the many sheets of drawings at Pendleton [Free Library] are found several of interest. Mr R Knill Freeman (Bolton) scores with about the best elevations in the whole competition, which have much quaintness, and what is really to the point possess a cottage-like aspect. An ingenious arrangement of plan gives a little open area (for the w.c.) into which the scullery opens in every case. The living-rooms are a fair size, but it seems to us the sculleries might have been better arranged to save valuable space. The buildings are placed with the best results for light, air, space and cleanliness.”

The competition attracted 129 entries but Freeman was not placed.

Left: Freeman’s proposals, which in plan are similar to Sharp’s winning design.