Richard Knill Freeman
The Builder, August 23, 1890 reported:
“This new building will stand in the centre of a site of nine acres which has been acquired in the best position in Harrogate, adjoining the Spa grounds, with a frontage to the Ripon-
The cost of the building is approximately estimated at between 40,000l and 50,000l.
The architects are Mr. R Knill Freeman FRIBA of Manchester and Mr S Denison Robins of Newcastle.”
This is a puzzle. Malcolm Neesam, in his book about the Hotel Majestic, states that the house on the site, Spring Bank, was was put on the market in 1896 and that it was then purchased by Frederick Hotels. In April 1898, the Harrogate Herald reported that the site might be developed as a hotel. This was confirmed in August 1898, together with the name, Hotel Majestic. Neesam states: “Frederick Hotels invited architects to submit plans in accordance with a carefully considered specification…Architects R Knill Freeman and S Denison Roberts [sic] submitted a design in strict accordance with the first specification, but Frederick Hotels soon realised that Harrogate’s growing visitor market required and even larger structure.” This allowed them to select their preferred architect, the London-
In view of Freeman’s design, perhaps we should be grateful that his building was not implemented.
The Builder, August 23, 1890
Neesam, Malcolm; Hotel Majestic, 2000