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Monday, 24 November 2014

Domestic life in 1950s Britain captured in the perfectly preserved home

Hello everybody.

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.


  1. I'm always amazed at how sparsely furnished homes of that era are. We have so much more in our homes now!

    We've made our spare bedroom into a darkroom, and of all the things in that house, the one thing that is pretty much the same in mine is the photo enlarger. Funny to see how much everything else has changed in 60 years but not that.

    1. I agree with you.
      We are now overcrowding our places.


  2. There truly is a sense of tranquility to it, I agree. There's also warmth and honesty, in the sense that this is not a pretentious or grandiose abode in the slightest. It's very modestly furnished and decorated, yet like so many homes of the era that looked much the same, doesn't feel to me to be lacking in the slightest. I find preserved (and/or recreated) abodes like this a powerful reminder of how we really don't need the plethora of things we fill our houses with so often these days to be happy and content with our homes and lives.

    ♥ Jessica