Thank you for your continued support in these difficult times. Since our office and factory are in a rural area, our staff travel to work individually by car and we have enough space to maintain social distancing, so in consultation with our staff, we have decided to remain open for business unless government policy changes.
We are still able to despatch most of our products, however, the ones listed below (that are made by other manufacturers) will not be available for a while.
Tableware (Coasters & Placemats) and Wallpaper.
Our despatch times are normal, but Royal Mail & Parcelforce delivery times are varying depending on location - some parcels arrive next day and others are taking up to 10 days, which we have no control over.
Why The Francis Frith Collection is so significant today
About Francis Frith and our Company
What's so special about the Archive anyway?
Francis Frith’s legacy to us today is of immense significance and
value. The magnificent archive of evocative historical photographs
that he and the Frith company photographers created between 1860 and
1970 is a unique and unrivalled record of the changing face of
Britain over 110 years of amazing physical and social transformation.
There is no other photographic collection of its kind which is so
comprehensively recorded and accurately dated, which has such wide
geographic scope and yet covers so many locations in depth. Many of
the locations in the Frith inventory were revisited regularly by the
photographers over the years so the Frith company could update the
views that were sold, resulting in a series of images that illustrate
detailed changes in the locations portrayed over a gradual period of
time. It is this sheer wealth of visual data, the painstaking
chronicle of change in dress, transport, streets, public buildings,
housing and landscape that captivates us so much today. The images in
The Francis Frith Collection are increasingly used as visual
resources, by social historians, by researchers into genealogy and
ancestry, by architects, conservation societies and town planners,
and by teachers involved in local history projects.
The widespread recognition of the topographical scope and
historical value of the Frith archive was why the BBC commissioned
a 10-part television series about Francis Frith and his
achievement, called ‘Britain’s First Photo Album’. This was
presented by John Sergeant and first broadcast in 2012, with an
accompanying book of the series published by The Francis Frith
(Available to buy here)
The Frith photographs show a fascinating record of Britain in the
past. They record people who lived in times very different from
our own, wealthy and poor, stylish or ragged, chronicling them at
work, rest and play. These images do not show an imagined
Britain of a film set: real people gaze back to us from these
photographs, people whose names we usually do not know, captured
forever by the camera’s lens in a moment of time as they were
doing many of the things we do today – busily working, doing
their shopping, holidaying and seeing the sights, or just
standing around holding conversations – before they moved out of
frame and back into their lives.
The Frith photographic archive is a priceless, enthralling and
nationally important photographic pageant of British places, life and
character. Thanks are due to the three men who made it possible for
everyone to see and enjoy this treasure trove of historic imagery
today: Bill Jay, who saved the photographic archive from being
destroyed; John Buck, who took it over and made it available to
everyone in its present incarnation; and of course, the man whose
vision and determination made it all possible – the remarkable