A Grand Spell of Sunshine - The Life and Legacy of Francis FrithA Grand Spell of Sunshine - The Life and Legacy of Francis Frith

Welcome to the UK’s premier source of vintage photographs for over 9,000 UK cities, towns and villages between 1860 and 1970. Explore the towns & villages that you know, or which have been important in the lives of your family. The Collection is recognised as being nationally important and you can read our full history here.

A Grand Spell of Sunshine - The Life and Legacy of Francis FrithA Grand Spell of Sunshine - The Life and Legacy of Francis Frith
Portrait of Francis Frith

Who was Francis Frith?

Born into a Quaker family in 1822 in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, Francis Frith was a remarkable person. The story of his life and the photographic archive that is now his legacy is fascinating beyond compare. After almost being lost to bulldozers forever, the photographs his company created are an amazing and unique step back in time and now, with the wonders of modern technology, the current company and now custodian of this original archive has created this web site to showcase his and other photographers' work and allow you to purchase your own version of a truly wonderful piece of history.

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