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Hardman, Powell and Co

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of Metal Works, King Edward's Road, Birmingham

Manufacturer of metal work for architectural, ecclesiastical, and domestic purposes.

1838 The first metal work was produced by John Hardman after being persuaded by A. W. N. Pugin. The designs were Pugin’s.

Their work was mostly of an experimental character.

1845 The business also began to make stained glass. The throne in the House of Lords is made of wood, gilded with inlaid enamel and rock crystals, by Hardman.

1852 Pugin designed for the firm until his death when this role passed to his nephew, John Hardman Powell.

The firm became John Hardman and Co which became successful in both glasswork and metalwork.

Both brothers John Hardman Powell and William Powell seem to have been involved in the business for much of its history.

1883 The firm was divided. William Powell effectively took over control of the metalwork business as Hardman, Powell and Co. The business was moved to separate premises in King Edward's Road, Birmingham.

1914 Due to reducing demand for the type of metalware the firm produced, this business was reabsorbed by John Hardman and Co. Following family disagreements, this part of the firm's business was eventually ended.

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Sources of Information

  • Biography of the Hardman family, ODNB