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John Hardman

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John Hardman (1811-1867)

1811 Born in Birmingham, son of John Hardman senior and his second wife Lydia Wareing.

1837 John Hardman and A. W. N. Pugin met in Birmingham. Hardman had his own business, inherited from his father, a manufacturer of metal buttons (Hardman and Lewis, later Hardman and Iliffe).

1838 Pugin persuaded Hardman to begin producing metalwork to Pugin’s designs.

He was also a partner in the gilding business of G. R. Elkington and Co

1841 John Hardman 30, button maker, lived in Handsworth with Ann Hardman 30, Mary Hardman 5, Ann Hardman 3, Elizabeth Hardman 2[1] L

1843 Left the Elkington business

1847 Left the partnership of Hardman and Iliffe, button makers.

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.

1851 John Hardman 39, goldsmith, lived in Handsworth with Anne Hardman 41, Anne Hardman 13, Elizabeth Hardman 12, Clara Hardman 9, John Hardman 7, George Hardman 4, Agnes Hardman 8 Months[2]

The name of the business became John Hardman and Co

1857 John Hardman had sacrificed his health for the business. He retired from an active role in the firm.

1861 John H Powell 32, artist, lived in Handsworth with Annie Powell 28, Edgatha Powell 6, Editha Powell 3, John Hardman 49, goldsmith, Anne Hardman 51, John Hardman 17, Agnes Pugin 24, architect's daughter[3]

1863 He retired completely in the summer of 1863, when he moved with his wife to Pemberton Villa, 3 Clifton Park, Bristol.

1867 He died in Bristol.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1841 census
  2. 1851 census
  3. 1861 census
  • Hardman family biography, ODNB