'Hereford, Old House in High Town', c 1880.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
A photographic view of the Old House in High Town, Hereford, published by Francis Bedford & Co. In 1862, all the buildings surrounding this Old House on Butcher's Row were torn down to allow traffic to pass more easily. The House was left standing as it is a fine example of a seventeenth-century building. Bedford (1816-1894) was a prolific and well-respected photographer, best known for his numerous topographic and architectural views of Britain. 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.