'Chester, The Cros and Bridge Street', c 1880.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
A photographic view published by Francis Bedford & Co, taken at the Cros, a point in the town where a sandstone cros, erected in the fifteenth century, marks the centre of trading and government in the city. It is also believed to be the spot where the Romans first set up camp as the four principle roads in Chester meet at this point. 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.