'Bideford Bridge From River Bank', c 1880.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
A photographic view of a boat on the River Torridge, with Bideford Bridge in the background, published by Francis Bedford & Co. The bridge dates back to the thirteenth century. It is two hundred metres long, with 24 arches stretching across the river. 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. During the 1860s and 1870s Bedford travelled extensively throughout Britain, taking hundreds of views of British scenery. He was assisted by his son, William (1846-1893) whose work is almost indistinguishable from that of his father.