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Stonyhurst College, Servants in the refectory

Photograph by Roger Fenton the famous Victorian photogapher had a long association with the College. The photograph shows the refectory, of note are the suspended gas-lights above the tables. Stonyhurst was an early user and producer of gas, employing Samuel Clegg to build their plant. He introduced lime-cleansing to reduce the smell of burning gas. The lights in the refectory were illuminated for the 1st time 1811. Fenton was a pioneer English photographer born at Crimble Hall, Heywood in Lancashire, famous for his work photographing the Royal Family,and recording the Crimean War. He also excelled taking many photos of North Wales, the Lake District and the area around Stonyhurst College in the Ribble Valley. Photo displayed with kind permission of Stonyhurst College
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Keywords:education, gas-lighting, hurst green, lancashire, photographer, refectories, ribble valley, roger fenton, samuel clegg, stonyhurst college, victorians

Stonyhurst College, Servants in the refectory