The history of the Hardmans' House

Edward Chambré Hardman takes a photograph on holiday

Many famous faces passed through the studio to have their portraits taken, as well as thousands of ordinary people. Find out more about the people behind the business.

Edward Hardman

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.

Margaret Hardman

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

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 five years of its establishment but the two remained friends and the business name Burrell & Hardman remained.

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

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?