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Search Aspect (Louis Le Prince )
Location - Leeds & District

Hick Bros, ironmongers, Leeds Bridge (City Centre)
Black & White image1967. View of Hick Bros, ironmongers located on Leeds Bridge. The building has been commemorated for two historical events. An inscription on a decorative corner stone marks the founding of the 'Band of Hope' in 1847 with the involvement of prominent Leeds Temperance worker, the Reverend Jabez Tunnicliffe. More recently, a blue plaque has been mounted adjacent to it in memory of the pioneering work by Louis Le Prince who took what is thought to be the world's first sequence of moving pictures in 1888. He used a single lens camera from a position in a second floor window of Hicks Brothers. Part of the resulting piece of film can be viewed on the Home Page of the Leodis website.
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Hicks Bros, close up of inscription on wall (City Centre) (2 comments)
Black & White image1967. View of the premises of Hicks Bros, ironmongers with the sign depicting a kettle. Part of Leeds Bridge is visible in the foreground, left. On the wall of the building is an inscription that reads : 'In 1847 at a meeting on these premises the 'Band of Hope' movement was formed, its title being suggested by the Reverend Jabez Tunnicliffe, a prominent temperance worker'. What is thought to be the earliest sequence of moving pictures showing activity on Leeds Bridge was taken in 1888 by Louis Le Prince from a second storey window in this building. He used his famous single lens camera and nowadays the event has been commemorated by Leeds Civic Trust in the form of a Blue Plaque.
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Inner Ring Road and the rear of Broadcasting House (Woodhouse)
Black & White imageUndated. Looking from the Inner Ring Road to the rear of Broadcasting House, centre, formerly the Friends Meeting House. The old buildings at the rear and to the right were in the process of being cleared for the construction of new studios which opened in 1974. The building at the right edge is Number 150 Woodhouse Lane, once the premises of William Mason & Sons, joiners. Around 1888 Frederick Mason was making the woodwork for the machines and patterns required by Louis Le Prince for his pioneering work in Kinematography. Louis Le Prince had his workshop immediately behind the joiners at Number 160. It was here that he developed a single lens camera and used it to make a moving picture sequence of every day activity on Leeds Bridge. This short sequence made the name of Louis Le Prince world famous. The Masons also made around 1000 mahogany frames for the glass positives used by Louis Le Prince. Loius Le Prince disappeared mysteriously in the September of 1890. He was last seen in the railway station at Dijon intending to board a train for Paris. No one knows what happened but his family never saw him again. The joiner, Fredreick Mason, stated 'The unexplained mysterious disappearance of a splendid man and inventive genius was indeed a tragedy and incidentally deprived Leeds of the glory of being the cradle of cinema.' (The pioneer work of Le Prince in Kineatography by E. Kilburn Scott).
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Le Prince's single lens camera-projector, 1888, front view (Unknown) (4 comments)
Black & White image1888 Image shows the front view of the single lens camera-projector developed by Louis Le Prince in his workshop, next to Blenheim Chapel, at Number 160 Woodhouse Lane. The British patent was applied for on 10th January, 1888. The pattern and woodwork for the camera was made by local joiner, Frederick Mason of William Mason & Sons. J.W. Longley, a skilled mechanic built the machine and Le Prince was also assisted by his son, Adolph. The famous short sequence of moving film, showing traffic and pedestrians on Leeds Bridge, earned Le Prince the title of 'Father of Moving Pictures'. It was taken from the second storey window of Hicks Brothers at the south-east corner of the bridge. (Incidentally Hicks Brothers supplied Le Prince with ironmongery for his machines.) The pictures were taken at the rate of 20 frames per second and were shown projected on a screen in Le Prince's workshop at 160 Woodhouse Lane. Electricity was provided by a Robey steam engine in the yard of William Mason & Son at 150 Woodhouse Lane. This unique sequence of film appears on the home page of the Leodis website.
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Le Prince's, 16 lens camera, 1887, Front view (Unknown) (19 comments)
Black & White image1887. Image shows the front view of Louis Le Prince's 16 lens camera built in 1887. Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince (1842-1890?) had applied for an American patent entitled 'Method and Apparatus of Producing Animated Photographic Pictures'. He returned to Leeds from the States in 1887 and began to further develop his cameras at Number 160 Woodhouse Lane, a workshop adjacent to Blenheim Chapel. Le Prince was assisted by his son Adolph, Joseph Whitley, a clever mechanic, J.W.Longley and local joiner, Frederick Mason of the firm William Mason and Sons, 150 Woodhouse Lane. The 16 lenses, as seen here, centre, act on two sensitive films. The first 8 operate on one film in rapid succession, then, as the first film is moved forward, the next 8 lenses operate on the second film. The shutters on the lenses are opened in the correct order by means of a system of 'mutilated gears' to which they are attached. Louis Le Prince went on to develop more compact, less noisy cameras at his workshop in Woodhouse Lane and is famous for his single lens camera, patented in 1888. With this he successfully produced short sequences of moving film. Louis Le Prince's first film was on 14 October 1888. It is known as the "Roundhay Garden Scene" as it was shot in the garden of Oakwood Grange, Roundhay. It is the first movie on the reel of film, the second being the more famous Leeds Bridge scene. For a film clip of the Leeds Bridge sequence seee http://www.archive.org/details/Leeds_Bridge_1888 For further information on Le Prince see the Internet Movie Database http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0392728/
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