Hardman heritage walk 1
A circular walk in central Liverpool taking in the places that inspired Edward Chambré Hardman near Rodney Street, including the two cathedrals.
The Hardmans' House, 59 Rodney Street, grid ref: SJ353896
From 59 Rodney Street, turn left and head down Rodney Street towards the Anglican cathedral.
View down Rodney Street
This photograph of Rodney Street taken from in front of the Anglican cathedral shows the house and studio of Edward Hardman 1948-1988 on the right-hand side of the street. It is now owned and cared for by us and is open to the public.
View the cathedral from Upper Duke Street or take a detour to have a look around inside.
View of the Anglican cathedral
This was taken in October 1930, before the main part of the cathedral (where the tower is now) was completed. The cathedral was completed in 1978, with the main tower completed 1942.
Keep walking along Upper Duke Street with the Anglican cathedral on your right. Turn left onto Hope Street. You will see the Roman Catholic cathedral ahead of you. On Hope Street you will pass a number of places that Hardman photographed.
The Roman Catholic cathedral
This photograph is of Hope Street looking towards the Roman Catholic cathedral. To the right is the Philharmonic Hall and to the left the building which used to be The School for the Blind with the Philharmonic Dining Rooms behind.
At the end of the road stop and explore the Roman Catholic cathedral.
The two cathedrals
This is taken from the precinct of the Roman Catholic cathedral, looking across the city to the Anglican cathedral, clearly visible through the diagonal lines of the concrete buttresses of the Catholic cathedral.
Once you have left the cathedral, turn right and head downhill towards the city centre. At the large junction at the end of Mount Pleasant turn left onto Renshaw Street and cross over the road. Walk along Renshaw Street until you reach Newington Street on the right-hand side. Walk down here towards Bold Street. Bold Street is known for its cafés and independent shops and was also home to Hardman's first studio at 51a. Turn left onto Bold Street. At the end of the street you will see the steps up to St Luke's Church.
St Luke's Church
On Monday, 5 May 1941, St Luke's was hit and burned by an incendiary bomb. Today it still stands as a burnt out shell, known locally as 'the bombed-out church'.
From the church, walk back up Leece Street (which becomes Hardman Street) to Rodney Street, turn right on to Rodney Street and walk back to Number 59. If you haven't already been round the house, perhaps finish with a tour.
The Hardmans' House, 59 Rodney Street, Liverpool, L1 9EX
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