'Dartmouth, The Butterwalk From The Quay', c 1880.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
A photographic view published by Francis Bedford & Co. A group of people watch the photograph being taken. The houses in the Butterwalk were built in the seventeenth century due to the prosperity that increased fishing trade had brought to the area. 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 asisted by his son, William (1846-1893) whose work is almost indistinguishable from that of his father.