The Old LaundryThe Old Laundry, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6HA

Richard Harding Watt (1842-1914) was a local philanthropist and idealist with a passion for building, who made his fortune from glove making in Manchester.

The Old Laundry is part of a remarkable development on Drury Lane in Free Style built under his patronage. Built 1899-1902 on the site of the former tannery and dye works, and originally used as the old laundry, workshop and workers’ cottages, the use of white-painted render, curved windows, heavy stone lintels and door surrounds, and clay pantiled roofs provide this group with its special character.

The Old Laundry is 4-storeyed with an open upper storey, with a high entrance arch and wide segmentally-arched entrance with wooden main and side gates with Art Nouveau-style iron work.

Visitors will have a unique opportunity to enjoy a short guided tour of parts of the interior and exterior.

Opening Times

  • Saturday 9 September: 11:00-13:00

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Booking opens: 11 August 2017 09:00
Booking closes: 4 September 2017 17:00


The Old Laundry is a private family home. Visitors should wear appropriate footwear (no heavy boots/stilettos). There are lots of stairs and the tower is extremely narrow. Pre-booking is essential. In the advent of adverse weather, the site visit may be cancelled.

Additional information

Max 6 people per tour/session.