'Bangor, The University', 1884.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
View of the entrance to the University in Bangor, North Wales, taken the year the University was founded. There was a campaign in the late nineteenth century for better higher education provision in Wales which led to fundraising for the establishment of a college in Bangor. Much of the funding came from contributions by local quarrymen from their weekly wages. The University College at Bangor was one of the three original colleges of the University of Wales. Photograph published by Francis Bedford & Co. Bedford (1816-1894) was a prolific and well-respected photographer, best known for his numerous topographic and architectural views of Britain. He was assisted by his son, William (1846-1893) whose work is almost indistinguishable from that of his father.