'Stratford-on-Avon, Guild Chapel and Grammar School', c 1880.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
A photographic view of the Guild Chapel and grammar school in Stratford-Upon-Avon, published by Francis Bedford & Co. This is the King Edward VI Grammar School where William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was educated. The building dates back to beyond the sixteenth century. Bedford (1816-1894) was a prolific and well-respected photographer, best known for his numerous topographic and architectural views of Britain. 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 asisted by his son, William (1846-1893) whose work is almost indistinguishable from that of his father.