View of Menai suspension bridge, (Anglesey
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
View of Menai suspension bridge, (Anglesey end), Menai Strait, Wales, c late 19th Century. One of a stereopair by Bedford. Menai suspension bridge was built by Thomas Telford (1757-1834) and opened in 1826. Telford first proposed this bridge between the island of Anglesey and Snowdonia in 1810, because the los of lives through crosing the water had become too many. Francis Bedford (1816-1894) photographed architectural views and landscapes around Britain and the Middle East. He was a co-founder of the Royal Photographic Society in 1853.