Bamforth & Co. Ltd. is a publishing, film and illustration company established by James Bamforth (1842-1911).
The firm was established in 1870 by portrait photographer James Bamforth of Holmfirth. By the early 1880s, he had begun producing magic lantern slides, photographed at his studio at Station Road, Holmfirth.
By late 1897, the company was producing cinematographic films which were exhibited at local events. In January 1899, James' son Harry Bamforth exhibited 30 of the company's films at the "annual treat to the aged poor" in Lockwood. According to the Huddersfield Chronicle, "the living pictures which were thrown upon the sheet [used as a screen] excited much wonder and admiration, and were intensely amusing to the whole company". The company's first phase of film productions ended in 1902, with around 20 known shorts including "The Tramp and the Baby's Bottle", "The Kiss in the Tunnel" and the suffragette mocking "Women's Rights".
Following the death of James Bamforth, his son Edwin restarted film production and over a hundred short films were produced between 1914 and 1916, often starting Holmfirth residents. Over 40 "Winky" films were made, starring Reginald Switz in the title role.