The Wordsworth Memorial in Cockermouth is unveiled. Hardwicke performs the opening ceremony (7 April).

Campaign to save Lord Leighton’s House for the nation instigated by Hardwicke and others (April-May).

Hardwicke preaches throughout the country in support of the Armenian Relief Fund. Locations include Preston, Lancaster, Keswick, Maryport, Kendal, Bolton, Ambleside and London.

Edith and Hardwicke set sail on the Midnight Sun (11 May) to attend the Coronation of Nicholas II in Moscow (26 May). On the return journey they leave the ship at Kiel and travel to Lucerne before returning to England.

Annual meeting of the National Trust held in London (14 July).

Hardwicke is one of the representatives of the National Trust on the Queen’s Coronation Committee, an organisation formed to offer guidance on the best use of public space to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Jubilee in 1897 (December).

Harvey Goodwin: Bishop of Carlisle: A Biographical Memoir published.

A Reminiscence of Wordsworth Day, Cockermouth, April 7th, 1896, is published. The book is edited by Hardwicke and includes his speech at the unveiling of the Wordsworth Memorial and a short summary of Wordsworth’s life.

The Revival of the Decorative Arts at Lucerne published by the Lucerne Tourist Office.

The Darkened West, a book of sonnets on the Armenian crisis, published.

Ballads of Brave Deeds published (December).


The Workington Eisteddfod held on 1st and 2nd January. Hardwicke presided on the second day and was an adjudicator for the elocutionary competitions.

A proposal for a co-ordinated, nation-wide chain of bonfires to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee is made in a letter by Hardwicke to the Times (4 March). The suggestion gains wide-spread support.

“The True Story of D’ye Ken John Peel?” is published by Hardwicke in the March issue of Baily’s Magazine of Sports and Pastimes.

Over 2,500 bonfires are lit to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee (22 June).

Annual general meeting of the National Trust held (9 July).

Hardwicke makes a proposal to the Whitby Literary and Philosophical Society that a monument to England’s first poet, Caedmon, be erected in the town (21 October).

Hardwicke represents Keswick schools at a conference in Newcastle on ‘Secondary Education in the North’ (13 November).

Hardwicke and Willingham attend the opening of new school buildings at Uppingham (3 December).

Henry Whitehead 1825-1896: A Memorial Sketch published.

“Sayings of Jesus”: Six Village Sermons on the Papyrus Fragment Preached in St. Kentigern’s Church, Crosthwaite, Keswick, published.


At a meeting of the Caedmon Memorial Committee in Whitby, Hardwicke presents the design of the Saxon Cross which it is proposed to erect in the churchyard of St. Mary’s (22 January).

Following the decision of Lincolnshire to perpetuate Tennyson’s memory by a memorial window in Lincoln Cathedral, Hardwicke suggests that the Manor House at Somersby—the poet’s early home—should be secured to the nation (March).

National Trust decide to oppose the construction of a light railway between Portmadoc and Beddgeellert, through the Pass of Aberglaslyn, North Wales (March).

Hardwicke attends a conference in Keswick on ‘Tuberculosis and the Milk Supply’ (1 April).

Hardwicke presides at the opening of Keswick Museum (11 April).

Hardwicke and Edith travel to Italy on holiday (May).

Annual general meeting of the National Trust (20 July).

Keswick High School opened (16 September).

Hardwicke attends a conference on ‘Tuberculosis and the Milk Supply’ at Sudbury (15 September).

Caedmon Monument officially unveiled in Whitby by the Poet Laureate, Sir Alfred Austin (21 September).

Hardwicke preaches in Llandaff Cathedral at the opening of a Friends of Armenia Conference in Cardiff (22-23 September).

Hardwicke declines the offer of the Bishopric of Madagascar (December).

Hardwicke is one of the attendees at a private meeting held at Marlborough House under the Presidency of the Prince of Wales, to further the objects of the National Association for the Prevention of Consumption (20 December).


Paper on ‘Tuberculosis’ presented by Hardwicke at a meeting of the Cumberland and Westmorland Chamber of Agriculture (14 January).

Hardwicke and others address a ‘Peace Crusade’ in Grange-over-Sands (9 February).

Suggestion made by Hardwicke for a Sanatorium in the Lake District to help treat consumptive patients (March).

Edith and Hardwicke go on holiday to Italy (May-June).

Annual general meeting of the National Trust (22 June).

Edith exhibits paintings at the Kendal Exhibition of Pictures and Decorative Art (July).

Commons Preservation Society and the National Footpaths Preservation Society merge.

Stanley Dodgson and Noel Rawnsley jointly propose the formation of a Herdwick Sheep Association at a meeting in Keswick chaired by Hardwicke (6 September).

Lecture given by Hardwicke on ‘The Inebriates Act’ at the Carlisle Diocesan Conference (19 September).

Edith and Hardwicke leave for their journey, on behalf of the National Trust, to America (27 September).

Life and Nature at the English Lakes published.

Sonnets in Switzerland and Italy published.

Trifflings on Board the “Teutonic” published. 

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