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Joseph Hardman Lakeland Photographer 1893-1972

Anne Bonney


Joseph Hardman was born in 1893, son of a yeast dealer, in the Lancashire mill town of Radcliffe, near Manchester. In 1911, Joseph and his brother Walter came to Kendal in search of work, and set up the ‘Kendal Window Cleaning Company’. He joined the local photographic club, found he had a natural aptitude, gaining some success in local newspapers and decided to set up as a freelance photographer.

He travelled up to two hundred miles a week by taxi to different parts of the Lake District, Westmorland, Cumberland and beyond. Edith, his wife, accompanied him and kept accurate details of all the pictures he took – recording the great changes in agriculture and the rural way of life from the 1930s to 1960s. He followed the agricultural calendar – ploughing, sowing, hay-time and harvesting. Capturing the many country pursuits and pastimes from fox hunting and fairs, to shepherds’ meets and early tourism. He took over 50,000 photographs.


Helm Press



Publication Date:

2016 November


Paperback; 240 x 165mm




Black and white illustrations throughout