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John Hardman (1766-1844)

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John Hardman (1767–1844), button maker and medallist

His second wife was Lydia Wareing (d. 1816).

He was a stalwart of the Roman Catholic community in Birmingham. He made significant contributions to the building of St Chad's Cathedral and founded the Convent of Mercy in Handsworth, Birmingham (three of his daughters entered the religious life), as well as a number of Catholic charitable organizations.

He ran a thriving button making business (Hardman and Lewis) at Paradise Street, Birmingham. He was also a partner in the gilding business of G. R. Elkington and Co.

1837 Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin was invited to dine with the Hardman family on 29 May. While there is no doubt that he admired the elder Hardman it was with his son John that Pugin formed a close and lasting friendship.

1841 John Hardman 75, Button maker, lived in Handsworth with Soho, with Barbara Hardman 55, Mary Hardman 30, near to the house of his son John[1]


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Sources of Information

  1. 1841 census
  • Biography of the Hardman family, ODNB