'Torquay, St. Luke's Church, From Croft Road', c 1880.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
A photographic view published by Francis Bedford & Co. The horse and cart may have been the one Bedford travelled around in as it is waiting at the side of the road as if he had spotted the photograph opportunity and jumped out to take a picture. Bedford (1816-1894) was a prolific and well-respected photographer, best known for his numerous topographic and architectural views of Britain. In 1857 Bedford became a member of the Photographic Society and in 1862 he accompanied the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII (1841-1910), as official photographer on a tour of the Middle East. During the 1860s and 1870s Bedford travelled extensively throughout Britain, taking hundreds of views of British scenery. He was assisted by his son, William (1846-1893) whose work is almost indistinguishable from that of his father.