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Copperas makers, of Ancoats, Manchester
1768 William Hardman (1746-1813) began business as a drysalter. The same year he married a rich heiress and so acquired a fortune
His large house in Quay Street was eventually to become the first home of Owens College.
By 1808 his business had become William Hardman & Sons, in the district of St Marys.
William's two sons, John and Thomas, continued to run the firm after his death
By 1830 they were concentrating on copperas manufacture at Ancoats.
Subsequently moved into calico-printing instead
By early 1840s they were in partnership as Hardman, Price and Gates at Peel Street, Manchester.