Travels to Cannes with his sisters and mother to recuperate from stress (January). Hardwicke learns that his brother Walter is seriously ill in Cairo and travels to Egypt to be with him. He is back in Cannes when a major earthquake hits the area (23 February). Returns to London on 3 March.
Sonnets Round the Coast published (March).
Hardwicke writes to the newspapers objecting to the proposal to resume mining in Borrowdale (March).
Ambleside Railway Bill rejected by Parliamentary Select Committee (21 March).
Hardwicke’s sonnet, ‘The Jubilee-A Retrospect’, is awarded first prize by the Pall Mall Gazette in their competition for the best Jubilee Ode. The prize is £2. (6 April).
Jubilee Bonfire celebrated on Skiddaw with Hardwicke heavily involved in the arrangements (22 June).
Hardwicke and Edith holiday in Switzerland (July).
Committee members of the Keswick and District Footpaths Preservation Association lead a march on both Fawe Park and Latrigg to tear down barriers which have been erected to prevent access to footpaths. Hardwicke is conspicuous by his absence (30 August).
About 500 supporters of the Keswick and District Footpaths Preservation Association march on Fawe Park to remove new barriers preventing their use of a footpath. Hardwicke is conspicuous by his absence (28 September).
Nearly 3,000 people, supporters of the Keswick and District Footpaths Preservation Association, remove new barriers preventing their access to a footpath leading to the top of Latrigg. Hardwicke is conspicuous by his absence (1 October).
Death of Edward Thring, Hardwicke’s old headmaster at Uppingham (27 October).
‘Our Industrial Art Experiment at Keswick’ published by Hardwicke in Murray’s Magazine (December).
Hardwicke gives a lecture to the Lancaster Philosophical Society on the finding of the royal mummies of King Pharoah and others at Bibau el Mulouk (23 January).
Hardwicke addresses two meetings in London (10 May), one in Bristol (5 June), the annual meeting of the Commons Preservation Society in London (13 June) and a meeting in Oxford (14 June). Along with other meetings around the country the aim is to publicise the need for funds to support the members of the Keswick and District Footpaths Preservation Association, including himself, who are being sued for trespass for removing barriers on a footpath leading to Latrigg.
Hardwicke is one of the signatories to a joint letter to Manchester Corporation from the Commons Preservation Society and the Lake District Defence Society stating that the proposed new road on the western shore of Thirlmere is no longer needed and should be abandoned (13 June).
The court action for trespass against Hardwicke and other members of the Keswick and District Footpaths Preservation Association begins at Carlisle Assizes (6 July). A settlement is reached in which both sides pay their own costs but a footpath to Latrigg will remain open for public use (7 July).
Bonfire on Skiddaw to celebrate the Tercentenary of the Spanish Armada (19 July).
Hardwicke is elected to the newly formed Cumberland County Council as Councillor for the Keswick division (24 January).
Resigns from the Lake District Defence Society over ‘conflict of interest’ on Manchester Corporation’s proposal for a new carriage road around the west side of Thirlmere (1 February).
Hardwicke attends his first Cumberland County Council meeting in Carlisle (7 February). He is appointed to the Highways and Bridges Committee (21 March).
Hardwicke is elected President of the Keswick Literary & Scientific Society (March), vice-president of the Cumberland Association of Change Ringers (April), and vice-president of the Keswick and Lake District Agricultural Society (1 June).
The Ruskin Linen branch of the Keswick School of Industrial Arts opens (June).
Hardwicke’s article, ‘A Plea for the Birds’, published in the journal Gentleman’s Magazine (June).
Rev. Arthur John Heelis, future brother-in-law of Beatrix Potter, becomes curate at Crosthwaite under Hardwicke.
Hardwicke’s book, Edward Thring: Teacher and Poet, is published (October).
Visits Paris to attend the Paris Exhibition (October).
Attends ‘The Art Congress: Art in Schools’ in Scotland (2 November).
Elected vice-chairman of the Governors of Crosthwaite High School (4 November).
The Reredos, for which faculty was obtained in 1888, placed in position in St. Kentigern’s Church (mid-December). The Keswick School of Industrial Art were involved in the production.