'Rhyl, East Parade and Convalescent Home', c 1880.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Victorian street scene on the front at the coastal resort of Rhyl in North Wales. Two men, possibly labourers judging by the shovel and wheelbarrow, use a public drinking fountain. Another man stands by a telescope which is probaby pointing out to sea. Photograph published by Francis Bedford & Co. Francis 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.