19 Oct 2008

Francis Frith photos of Stroud

The SNJ ran an interesting article on Francis Frith this week - more than 150 years ago pioneering photographer Francis Frith set up his photographic company with the intention of photographing all towns and villages.

Photos: two photos taken from his Stroud collection of the High Street

They spent 30 years travelling around with their heavy cumbersome equipment by train or pony and trap - after his death the work continued - some 360,000 photos - and a collection of some 120,000 photos are now on the web - none yet of Whiteshill, Ruscombe or Randwick but some 60 of Stroud - see here.

If you are into local history Town councillor Chas Townley is pulling together an interesting site - see here:

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