'Glastonbury, Ruins of Abbey From East', c 1880.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
A photographic view of sheep grazing in the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset, taken from the east, published by Francis Bedford & Co. The Abbey dates from the seventh century. It was one of the largest and most famous English Benedictine monasteries. 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. 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.