'Totnes, Eastgate', c 1880.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
A photographic view published by Francis Bedford & Co. The arch is the East Gate, what would have been the original entry point to the town from the eastern side. The steep hill leads down to the River Dart which the fortified town overlooks. 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.