Employees of Messrs Lumb and Co. Leaving the Works, Huddersfield (1900)

Employees of Messrs Lumb and Co. Leaving the Works, Huddersfield is a short film commissioned by exhibitor Arthur Duncan Thomas[1] of Bradford and filmed by the reknowned Mitchell & Kenyon[2] of Blackburn, Lancashire.

Shot from a camera at Engine Bridge, it initially shows boys playing on the banks of the River Colne by the sluices of the Engine Bridge Dye Works before cutting to workers exiting the works of Joseph Lumb & Sons at Folly Hall, with the camera facing up Chapel Hill.[3]

The film was screened at the Town Hall in 1900 by variety hall manager Ralph Pringle and ventriloquist Loder Lyons[4], with the latter reportedly throwing his voice to provide sound effects for the short film. Both men can be seen in the footage attempting to shepherd the workers and children past the camera.

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Notes and References

  1. His occupation is given as "Cinematograph Show Man" in the 1901 Census.
  2. Wikipedia: Mitchell and Kenyon.
  3. The location of the footage was identified by local historian Brian Haigh during the cataloguing of the Mitchell & Kenyon Collection for the British Film Institute by Professor Vanessa Toulmin.
  4. Sometimes billed as Professor Loder Lyons or E.J. Loder Lyons.


Employees of Messrs Lumb and Co. Leaving the Works, Huddersfield (1900)

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