'Llangollen, View on the Canal, No. 2', c 1880.
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A photographic view of a wooden bridge over the Llangollen Canal in Denbighshire, Wales, published by Francis Bedford & Co. The bridge could be raised when boats needed to pas. Built by Thomas Telford (1757-1834), this canal played host to one of the earliest tourism developments in Britain. Pleasure boats were a feature of Victorian Llangollen, with pasengers taking horse-drawn barges to tourist sights such as Valle Crucis Abbey and Elisegs Pillar. Bedford (1816-1894) was a prolific and well-respected photographer, best known for his numerous topographic and architectural views of Britain. During the 1860s and 1870s Bedford travelled extensively, 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.