'Little Moreton Hall, The Courtyard', c 1880.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
A photographic view of the courtyard of Little Moreton Hall in Congleton, Cheshire, published by Francis Bedford & Co. This hall is considered to be Britain's finest timber-framed, moated manor house. Constructed in the fifteenth century, its crooked front and striking black and white timbers were home to the Moreton family for many generations. 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. He was asisted by his son, William (1846-1893) whose work is almost indistinguishable from that of his father.