Menai Suspension Bridge, c 1880.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
A photographic view published by Francis Bedford & Co. Built by one of England's greatest civil engineers, Thomas Telford (1757-1834), construction of the bridge began in 1819 and it opened for traffic in 1826. It croses the Menai Straits between Bangor and Anglesey in North Wales. 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 throughout Britain, 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.