Today, I have a real marble of a find. A wonderful, inspiring and picturesque home, in an article about Britain's most celebrated photographer.
Edward Chambré Hardman
Unchanged since the 1950s, this amazing house, once the home of Liverpool's most celebrated photographer, gives a fascinating glimpse into a bygone era.
The Georgian terrace on Rodney Street in Central Liverpool, was owned by Edward Chambré Hardman and his wife Margaret who lived and worked there for 40 years, keeping almost everything and changing very little.
The cramped kitchen of celebrated Liverpudlian photographer
Edward Chambre Hardman's house
perfectly preserved in its original 1950's state
Hardman used the house as a portrait studio but his real love was for landscapes. His pictures of the Liverpool docks from the 1940s, 50s and 60s serve as an important historical record of the period.
Using his Rolliflex Camera he captured the HMS Ark Royal being painted white to prepare for its launch from the Cammell Laird shipyard by the former Queen Mother. Other famous works include the old White Star building with White Star cranes at work.
Originally kitchen crockery neatly stacked up
just as it would have been some 60 years ago
Sugar and other comparative luxuries sit next to
original ration-packaged goods in the kitchen cabinet
The spartan bathroom complete
with period shaving equipment and other toiletries
1950s dresses belonging to Chambre Hardman's gifted wife Margaret,
who worked alongside him in the business,
can be seen in the couple's immaculately preserved bedroom
The living room
The photographer's mounting desk with his original instruments
Compared to the cramped kitchen and living quarters,
the business areas of the home,
like this studio equipped with an array of lighting and props,
are spacious and accommodating
One of the photographer's original 1950s cameras mounted on a tripod
Chambre Hardman's darkroom
A selection of darkroom equipment including rolls of original filmstock
and developing chemicals and
even a pair of the famed photographer's spectacles
The photographer's office complete with
bakelite telephone and antique gramophone
There s something so serene about this house. It calm me down, and it radiates human warmth. I hope you can feel it, too.