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John Hardman (1767–1844), button maker and medallist
His second wife was Lydia Wareing (d. 1816).
He was a stalwart of the Roman Catholic community in Birmingham. He made significant contributions to the building of St Chad's Cathedral and founded the Convent of Mercy in Handsworth, Birmingham (three of his daughters entered the religious life), as well as a number of Catholic charitable organizations.
1837 Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin was invited to dine with the Hardman family on 29 May. While there is no doubt that he admired the elder Hardman it was with his son John that Pugin formed a close and lasting friendship.