'Rhyl, View on the Pier', c 1880.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Victorian holidaymakers on the pier at Rhyl on the north coast of Wales. They are sitting in a carriage which was hand-cranked along rails towards an emporium boasting 'Hot and Cold Sea Water Baths'. Photograph published by Francis Bedford & Co. Bedford (1816-1894) was a prolific and well-respected photographer of the mid-19th century, best known for his many topographic and architectural views of Britain. From the 1870s onwards, his son, William (1846-1893) seems to have assumed responsibility for running the family business and many photographs of this later period are more likely to be the work of William rather than that of his father.