'Beaumaris, From the Pier', c 1880.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
A photographic view of Beaumaris, Wales, from the end of the pier, published by Francis Bedford & Co. Beaumaris, meaning 'fair marsh', was the site that King Edward I (1239-1307) chose for a castle and garrison town to form part of his plan to surround Wales with fortifications to subdue the Welsh. Bedford (1816-1894) was a 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.