All of these pictures can be purchased online
at the Francis
Frith Website. Just click on a photo.
Hold the mouse pointer over a picture for a description and date.
These images are for reference only,
Frith pride themselves on the clarity
and detail of their photos.
Photos on this page ©
Copyright Heritage Photographic Resources Ltd 2001
The Frith archive was founded by Francis Frith, the pioneer
Victorian photographer, in 1860 and today contains over 365,000 photographs
of some 7,000 towns and villages throughout Britain. Taken between 1860
and 1970 these form a topographical record of Britain without equal
and is recognised as probably the only photographic collection of national
importance in private hands in Britain today.
The importance of the Frith archive is as a topographical
and social record. It provides an amazingly detailed visual record of
over 7,000 towns and villages, as well as illustrating the enormous
social and structural changes which have taken place in Britain since
1860. Whilst some of the photographs are undoubtedly artistically outstanding,
the real value of the archive lies in its scale. There is no other archive
which can illustrate this period of British history so extensively or
to such a high quality.