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.
- Saturday 9 September: 11:00-13:00
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.
Max 6 people per tour/session.