History

The people behind the business

Edward Chambré Hardman

The Hardmans spent their holidays touring the country in their Daimler car © NT/E.Chambré Hardman Collection

Renowned portrait and landscape photographer, Edward Chambré Hardman lived and worked at 59 Rodney Street for 40 years.

The photographic archive he left behind contains hundreds of thousands of photographs, prints, negatives, letters and business records.

Many famous faces passed through the studio to have their portraits taken, as well as thousands of ordinary people.

Margaret Hardman

Margaret worked at a studio in Scotland during the late 1920's © NT/E.Chambré Hardman Collection

Although Edward was the better known half of the couple, Margaret was a gifted photographer in her own right. Acknowledged as the brains behind the business, he often said that he 'could not have done it without her'.

They made the perfect match. She was sparky; he was quiet. Their shared passion for photography drove the business and gave them many happy years together.

Kenneth Burrell

Although he left the business in 1929, Burrell's name lived on. © National Trust

Burrell and Hardman served in the Army together in India.  Looking for a profession beyond their Army career, they established a photography business in Liverpool in the early 1920s.

He left the business within 5 years of its establishment but the two remained friends and the business name Burrell & Hardman remained.

Anglican Cathedral

Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral was built during Edward's lifetime. © E.Chambré Hardman Collection

This imposing building towers over Rodney Street. It may look old but it was built from 1904-1978

Edward took many photographs of it, throughout construction and on completion.

Metropolitan Cathedral

The Metropolitan Cathedral was completed in the 1960s. © NT/E.Chambré Hardman Collection

Another 20th-century construction, this was built during the 1960s.

With modern, striking design, it was the perfect location for some of Edward's photographs.

Did you know?

  • Building work on the street began in 1782
  • Rodney Street is named after Admiral George Rodney
  • The houses have been used by doctors and consultants since the 1800s
  • Prime Minister William Gladstone was born just over the road at No.62
  • Rodney Street has always been a very prestigious address

The Georgian Quarter

Hardman found Rodney Street and Liverpool a real source of inspiration

Rodney Street is part of Liverpool's beautiful and historic Georgian Quarter.  Why not explore the surrounding streets after a visit to the Hardmans' House?

The Hardmans' House

Rodney Street is often called 'the Harley Street of the North' © National Trust

Rodney Street is often called 'the Harley Street of the North'

The home and studio of the celebrated photographer Edward Chambré Hardman and his talented wife Margaret; the Hardmans' House is a time capsule of post war Liverpool.

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