'Guy's Mill, From The Road', c 1880.
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A photographic view of the Saxon mill near Guy's Cliff, on the River Avon in Warwickshire, published by Francis Bedford & Co. The 'Guy' refers to a legend about a knight, Guy of Warwick, who returned from the Holy Land as a pilgrim and became a hermit in a cave in this area near the river. Bedford (1816-1894) was a prolific and well-respected photographer, best known for his numerous topographic and architectural views of Britain. 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.