Catch a glimpse of a bygone era at Hereford exhibition

Ludlow Advertiser: Catch a glimpse of a bygone era at Hereford exhibition Catch a glimpse of a bygone era at Hereford exhibition

VIEWS of a bygone era taken by a Ludlow photographer will be put on display in Hereford next week.

The VIEW+ project finishes its tour at Hereford's Shire Hall.

Thousands of visitors have already seen the works of Ludlow’s Robert Jones and his business partner Thomas Henry Winterbourn.

And now the photographs depicting life in the country in the eighteenth and nineteenth century move to the city between January 7 to 10.

Research by Peter Klein has shown that Robert Jones was originally a hairdresser but followed the family tradition of serving in the police force.

In 1841 he joined the Shropshire Constabulary and became superintendent of the Ludlow Police Force in 1851 before resigning in 1855.

With his son Thomas and daughter Jane he then established photographic services in Ludlow, Kington, Leominster and Hereford.

Working from 36 Broad Street in Leominster he took on an assistant - one Thomas Winterbourn in 1870.

The pair went on to work together for 20 years.

Mr Winterbourn bought the business in 1891 for £65 and continued working until his retirement around the onset of the First World War.

His daughter Amy Winterbourn continued the business for some time.

The VIEW+ project, funded by the Heritage Lottery and organised by The Share Initiative, has shone a light on the pair's work.

A total of 8,000 glass plates were cleaned and scanned to bring the images to life - and it seems the public is certainly grateful for the efforts.

More than 30,000 visitors saw the photographs in Leominster Library over the summer while further workshops were held at county schools.

Entry is free to the exhibition at the Shire Hall when 200 Victorian and Edwardian images will be on display between 10am and 3pm.

Copies of the project's DVD will also be available while stocks last.

For further information, call 01981 251029.

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