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Thomas Hardwick (fl.1750)

Thomas Hardwick was a stonecutter from Brentford in Middlesex.

He was well-known to the Wesley brothers during the second half of the 1740s and accompanied John Wesley on one of his preaching tours in late 1747 in which year Hardwick also attended at least part of the Methodist Conference.

Hardwick was married to the Methodist Sally Witham on 31st December 1748 at St Anne's Church in Soho, London and Charles Wesley officiated at the ceremony.

Apart from such fragments of information, little is known about Hardwick from Methodist sources, although one can assume from Charles Wesley's reference in his journal for 17 December 1748 to Hardwick's use of a post chaise, that his friend was reasonably well-off. In 1747 and 1750, Hardwick is referred to as being resident at the Bridge in Brentford. Hardwick disappears from the Methodist record after the early 1750s.

Hardwick was probably the same Thomas Hardwick of New Brentford, Middlesex, who was the father of the noted architect Thomas Hardwick junior (1752-1829).

Source: A Biographical Dictionary of 18th century Methodism by Samuel Rogal (Edwin Mellen Press 1997), International Geneaological Index (http://www.familysearch.org/), DDCW 1-16A, Charles Wesley's journal (MARC) and entry in Dictionary of National Biography under Thomas Hardwick (1752-1829)

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