Bradford Cathedral, c 1855.
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A photograph of Bradford Cathedral, by Samuel Smith. Originally the parish church of St Peter's, the cathedral dates from the 15th century. In 1919 a new diocese was created and the church became a cathedral. Samuel Smith was a successful timber merchant who moved to Wisbech in Cambridgeshire in the late 1840s when he retired from business. He took up photography in the early 1850s and used his camera and the paper negative process to systematically record Wisbech during a period of dramatic growth and change. Although his photography was confined to barely more than a decade of his long life he is regarded as one of the pioneers of documentary photography.