'Lynmouth, The Cliff Railway From the Esplanade', c 1890.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
A photographic view published by Francis Bedford & Co. The Cliff Railway is a water-counterbalanced funicular railway connecting Lynmouth, located at sea level, and Lynton at the top of the hill. Originally, people arriving by boat from Bristol had to climb the hill to reach Lynton by donkey. 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 assisted by his son, William (1846-1893) whose work is almost indistinguishable from that of his father.