59 Rodney Street

by Helen Hooker May. 03, 2019 285 views

When I’m visiting somewhere new, I always check if there are any nearby National Trust places to visit. Hidden away in the Georgian streets of Liverpool I found a gem.

Helpful make-up advice for ladies!

Helpful make-up advice for ladies!

Inside the studio - a stage and props for portrait sessions

Inside the studio - a stage and props for portrait sessions

A plethora of cameras and lights

A plethora of cameras and lights

59 Rodney Street was home to Edward Chambré Hardman and his wife Margaret from 1948 until their deaths. Edward was a professional portrait photographer, with Margaret working as the driving influence behind the scenes, and the house doubled as their studio for many years.

Inside the Hardmans' personal darkroom

Inside the Hardmans' personal darkroom

Today the house is frozen in time, with many rooms left as Edward and Margaret would have known them. The contrast between the formal workspaces and the rooms they lived in, which are full of the belongings they hoarded over the years.

A very compact bathroom, complete with stockings hanging up to dry!

A very compact bathroom, complete with stockings hanging up to dry!

The kitchen cupboards are exactly as Edward and Margaret left them, complete with decades old tins of food!

The kitchen cupboards are exactly as Edward and Margaret left them, complete with decades old tins of food!

The living room is very cluttered compared to the working rooms

The living room is very cluttered compared to the working rooms

Packing cases in the basement

Packing cases in the basement

As a photographer it was fascinating to see the Hardmans’ house and I’d love to have had more time to spend in each room, taking in all the details.

The darkroom in the basement, used by their employees, is much less welcoming that the Hardmans' private one upstairs

The darkroom in the basement, used by their employees, is much less welcoming that the Hardmans' private one upstairs

Back on the ground floor, in the mounting room

Back on the ground floor, in the mounting room

the garden of 59 Rodney Street, now lovingly maintained by one of the National Trust volunteers

the garden of 59 Rodney Street, now lovingly maintained by one of the National Trust volunteers

3 May 2019

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Abigail Gossage 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Wow!  A perfect moment in time.

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